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: February 6-16, 2019
Open to: University students (18 and older) & starting professionals
Location: San Francisco & Silicon Valley, California
Application Deadline: Round 1: November 18, 2018 | Round 2: December 2, 2018

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: Round 1: December 2, 2018 | Round 2: January 14, 2019 (Japan Time)

Social Innovation Educator Exchange

Program Dates: March 23 - 28, 2019
Open to: Educators with a focus on social innovation
Location: Palo Alto & San Francsico
Application Deadline: Early: December 3, 2018 | Final: January 7, 2019

Recent Blog Posts

Posted on April 26, 2017 by Melissa Golden

Meet the Summer 2017 Social Innovation Team!

This summer we have an amazing team of social innovation coordinators. Learn more about these energetic innovators who are excited to inspire the next generation of changemakers in the US and Asia!  

Cicy (Shengnan) Zhang Social Innovation Education Fellow