About the ISI

Education. Inspiration. Incubation. Collaboration.

Established in 2006, Carnegie Mellon’s Institute for Social Innovation (ISI), housed at H. John Heinz III College, is a multi-disciplinary institute designed to help advance innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainability in solving some of the world’s most critical public interest problems.

Our vision entails:

  • Educating the next generation of public interest leaders by developing courses for both graduate students and undergraduates, providing opportunities for hands-on learning in the field, and supporting the development of a “community of practice” in which students and practitioners help each other  realize their goals;
  • Building the field of social entrepreneurship and innovation through analytical, data driven research that will elucidate the impact of social innovation practices and build credibility for the work of social entrepreneurs worldwide; and
  • Supporting practitioners in their efforts to become more innovative and entrepreneurial by sharing the technical expertise and approach to interdisciplinary problem-solving that is pervasive at Carnegie Mellon.