Social Innovation & Design-Thinking

VIA believes in the transformative power of innovation to turn our most challenging social issues into opportunities for creating a brighter future. Through short cross-cultural and immersion trips, participants can experience the possibility of a better world by visiting social enterprises, learning the skills to create their own innovations for social good and creating a strong network of international changemakers.


Exploring Social Innovation

Exploring Social Innovation

Program Dates: August 4-14, 2019
Open to: University students (18 and older) & starting professionals
Location: San Francisco & Silicon Valley, California
Application Deadline: May 20, 2019

Design-Thinking for Social Innovation

Program Dates: March 21-30, 2019
Open to: University students (18 and older) from Japan (Japanese citizenship not required)
Location: Stanford, California
Application Deadline: January 21, 2019 (Japan Time)

Social Innovation Educator Exchange

Program Dates: Postponed until Spring 2020
Open to: Educators with a focus on social innovation
Location: Palo Alto & San Francsico