Exploring Social Innovation (ESI) Program Overview
Advancing Social Entrepreneurship Through Cross-cultural Exchange
VIA's Exploring Social Innovation is a two-week program which brings together students from Japanese universities as well as from Stanford and UC Berkeley to focus on social innovation and entrepreneurship.
Stanford and UC Berkeley students organize workshops and visits to social enterprises in the Bay Area and hone their leadership, presentation and cross-cultural communication skills. They also work alongside peers from Japan to develop student-initiated social entrepreneurship plans and prototypes using the design thinking framework. After the program, Stanford and Berkeley students travel to Japan visit social innovators and to join the post-program reunion event to reconnect with program participants.
The next program will be held from March 17 - 29, 2013.