The Social Innovations Practice Area at the Wond'ry offers a series of co-curricular programs that train students to understand the complexity of social and environmental challenges and develop opportunities to address them. Students discover personal commitments to social and environmental change and learn how to apply different problem-solving approaches to address social and environmental challenges. They also discover how their knowledge and skills may contribute to social innovation and learn how to ethically engage in meaningful social impact in diverse contexts.
The Social Innovations practice area builds on Vanderbilt’s culture of service and exploration and fosters student-led research and innovation that drives positive social, economic, and environmental change.
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Social Innovations at the Wond’ry offers two core programs during the academic year: the Social Venture Think Tank and the Map the System Competition. We also partner with the Turner Family Center for Social Ventures on the annual HULT@Vanderbilt Competition, and offer a number of other events and workshops.
Social Venture Think Tank
The Social Venture Think Tank (SVTT) is an experiential learning program housed at the Wond'ry. Accepted students consult with a Nashville-based non-profit, social enterprise, or public office to develop new organizational capabilities that help achieve meaningful social impact for the Nashville community.
Map the System Competition
Map the System is a global social entrepreneurship competition that trains students to use systems thinking to understand complex social challenges and then, identify solutions to address them. Vanderbilt University is an institutional partner with the University of Oxford, the host of the Global Map the System Competition. This means that the winner of Vanderbilt's on-campus competition is eligible to compete in the global finals held each June at the University of Oxford in England.
The Wond'ry supports the Turner Family Center for Social Venture's annual facilitation and coordination of the HULT@Vanderbilt Competition. The HULT Prize is a global case competition hosted by the Hult Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to launching the world’s next wave of social entrepreneurs. The competition challenges students to develop innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing human-environment challenges. The Hult Prize Competition at Vanderbilt is a preliminary competition, with the Vanderbilt winner advancing to the regional competition. The ultimate national prize is $1M in seed funding to implement the proposed solution.
We build partnerships with non-profits, social enterprises, businesses, public offices, student organizations, faculty and staff, and other individuals and organizations who are committed to affecting positive change. We want to thank all of our partners; we couldn't do this work without you!