Transformative Action Institute – 2011 Awardee

Over the past 10 years, the Transformative Action Institute (TAI) has taught “the science of making the world a better place”, training next generation of visionaries, innovators, and problems-solvers at more than 40 universities from Princeton and Yale to Berkeley and UCLA. We’re here to help you incorporate social entrepreneurship education and transformative education into your university classes.

Our curriculum has served as a foundation for many of the leading incubators for training young people in social entrepreneurship, such as the Unreasonable Institute, StartingBloc, and Leadership exCHANGE. Moreover, it has been adopted worldwide in universities and social enterprises from Asia to Africa, and has been used at many of Ashoka’s Changemaker Campuses, reaching thousands.

Gone are the days of “death by powerpoint”, we create highly-interactive learning environments, incorporating improv, project-based learning, and role-playing into the classroom. Based in scientific research, our 350 page teacher’s manual covers skills such as: resilience, creativity and innovation, empathy, emotional intelligence, transformative communication, and luck.

How can people become involved in or replicate your innovation?
If you would like to build off our curriculum or incorporate it into your classes like other Ashoka U Changemaker Campuses have, check out this example syllabus and come out to one of our Summits! We freely give out our full teacher’s manual to anyone who comes to a summit. You can also check out for more information and feel free to reach out to us there!

Additional Resources:
Transformative Action Institute Website

Example Syllabus

The Story of Your Life Portfolio Project

Changemaker Academy

Dell Social Innovation House Video

“Scott Sherman (Transformative Action Institute’s Director) is one of the best educators on earth. What he has created is a curriculum designed to effectively bring out the creative potential in all those lucky enough to take part in his courses. On a personal level, Scott helped build the Unreasonable Institute, changed my life, and and has forever since been cornerstone to our work at Unreasonable.”

– Daniel Epstein, Co-founder of the Unreasonable Institute & CEO of Unreasonable Group, Forbes Top 30 Impact Entrepreneurs, Inc. Mag Top 30 under 30

“If every youth across the world had the opportunity to go through Transformative Action our world would be a very different place. It is by far the best model I know of to develop the skills of personal and social change: empathy, creativity, resilience, grit, leadership, and entrepreneurship.

The principles of Transformative Action have been foundational to Educate!’s curriculum in Uganda which currently reaches 25,000 youth across the country and Watson University, a new model of higher education in the US. Having been both a student and facilitator of Transformative Action, I can say with complete certainty that it has been one of the great privileges of my life to be introduced to Scott and the principles of Transformative Action.”

– Eric Glustrom, Founder of Watson University Educate!, Ashoka and Echoing Green Fellow, Forbes Top 30 Social Entrepreneurs under 30

“We at the Good Life Organization have been in the work of transforming the self and society for over 15 years using popular culture, and have never experienced anything as powerful as the Transformative Education Summit. Not only were we exposed to cutting edge scientific research to equip us in our work, but were also able to meet change agents around the world that were willing to lock arms with us moving forward. The Transformative Action Summit is the single best experience I could recommend for any educator, social entrepreneur, or concerned citizens serious about transformation on both individual and institutional levels.”

– Roberto Rivera, President of The Good Life Organization, recently named one of the “Top Young Change Agents in America” by the Search for Common Ground Coalition

“This class has meant more to me than I can begin to express. Here’s to changing the world!”
– Princeton University Student

“Definitely recommended. For anyone thinking of going into the field of social entrepreneurship, this is must take-class.”
– Yale University Student

“I can honestly say that this course has changed my life.”
– NYU Student

Cordes Innovation Awards

In partnership with Cordes Foundation, Ashoka U seeks to recognize globally relevant teaching, learning, and partnership practices that may be adapted and replicated across the field.