Welcome to SolutionsU™, an online learning platform to support solutions-focused teaching and learning about society's challenges.
If you ask a class of students to make a list of global problems, they can fill a whiteboard in a minute. But ask them to list promising solutions — and the board stays mainly empty.
Education in the 21st century is about learning how to identify, analyze and solve problems. The world is full of people and institutions working to advance change. Yet, these emerging ideas can be difficult to find... until now.
SolutionsU™ connects educators and students to credible news stories about responses to society’s toughest challenges, and to the tools that help them incorporate those stories in their teaching and learning.
“SolutionsU™ has unlimited potential: for students developing project ideas, in providing leads for field research on solving intractable social problems, and for helping educators with well-vetted and organized teaching content and materials.”
Robert Lyon, Assistant Professor
NYU Stern School of Business
“My students are definitely more engaged and more inspired. They connect these stories to their own lives and many of them express interest in wanting to be more involved, perhaps by volunteering or donating to organizations that are featured in the articles.”
Judit Torok, Director of Teaching and Learning Commons
“When [my students] learned that a community already exists that they can be a part of, and that they can learn from, that made all the difference. Solutions journalism stories can help deliver this powerful message.”
Marcy O'Neil, Assistant Professor
Michigan State University
“A great tool to prime the moral imagination. It enhances the ability to imagine the world that does not yet exist.”
David Bornstein, Co-Founder
Solutions Journalism Network
“SolutionsU™ provides a wide lens through which to explore the world of social change. The resources are not only excellent tools for the classroom, but I predict they will become a 'go to' resource for our students in their apprenticeships at social change organizations.”
Lisa Jackson, Co-Founder & Managing Director
College for Social Innovation
“SolutionsU™ is a lifeline for professors and students seeking to move beyond a problem mindset and understand how people are solving the thorny problems we face. Students leave inspired, realizing that they can make a difference.”
Jay Friedlander, Sharpe-McNally Chair of Green and Socially Responsible Business
College of the Atlantic