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SOLUTIONSU (PRO)

OVERVIEW

SolutionsU (Pro) is a new initiative of the SolutionsU team offering a first-of-its-kind global citizenship approach to personal and professional development, team building and collaboration, and innovation diagnosis and design.

We believe learning through social innovation is a uniquely powerful approach. We’ve designed and offer easy-to-adopt tools for innovation-minded individuals, teams and organizations working in both the corporate and social sectors. We’ve wrapped unique, flexible “products” around the best solutions journalism stories that describe social innovations covering myriad issues from around the world.

WHO’S THIS FOR?

The SolutionsU(Pro) offering is adapted for private sector and social sector audiences.

SolutionsU(Pro) Enterprise: This is primarily for individual intrapreneurs and teams of intrapreneurs.

SolutionsU(Pro) Social Innovation + Impact: This is primarily for individual social intrapreneurs and teams of social intrapreneurs. This is as well designed to support individuals, teams and organizations focused on creating social impact through abroad and/or volunteering experiences.

THE GOALS

We aspire to offer you a unique, easy, self-directed and inspiring approach to help your organization build and/or enhance your CULTURE of EMPATHY, PURPOSE, INNOVATION, CONTINUOUS LEARNING and TEAM/RELATIONSHIP BUILDING.

Specifically our goal to help you, your team and/or your organization enhance your -

  • Ability to put empathy in action
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Adaptive leadership skills
  • Problem identification and problem solving skills
  • Global citizenship skills
  • Collaboration skills

GET STARTED

SolutionsU(Pro) currently provides two ways to engage:

Subscribe to the FREE twice-weekly newsletter. Within these newsletters you’ll get the following in your inbox:

  • A curation of the best solutions journalism stories from our database of over 7,000 stories that describe unique social innovations tackling some of the most challenging problems in the world. These are presented as “Social Innovation Mini Cases”.
  • Innovation insights that we “extract” from these stories. We find the patterns and catalytic components and share them with you with prompts to help you consider how to apply these proven strategies in your own work.
  • Innovation tools/frameworks that you can use individually or with your team to solve your own challenges and diagnose and design your own innovative solutions.
  • Collections of stories with key innovation takeaways addressing everything from recruiting for diversity, to creative financing to building partnerships.

Subscribe monthly to the SolutionsU(Pro) Innovation Toolkit for the cost of a few cups of coffee per week. This is your place to access all of the resources that go out in our newsletter in one place whenever you choose. This currently includes:

  • 20 social innovation mini cases searchable by 10 categories ranging from issue area to women-led social innovation to launch location.
  • The complete list of over 40 innovation insights we’ve identified in these stories broken down by design phase.
  • Access to over 20 innovation tools/frameworks used in both the business and social sector.
  • 20 collections of stories with key innovation takeaways to help you build unique expertise in innovative approaches to problem solving..

New social innovation mini cases, resources and collections are being added every week. Be sure to subscribe to the newsletter and/or reach out to Greg Van Kirk to learn more.

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AS A MEMBER, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO:
  • Access our training curriculum or attend a training
  • Share your stories
  • Join a local community of journalists
  • Attend story workshops and events to hone your craft
  • Get funding and additional support
  • Access the full Solutions Story Tracker®
  • Save favorite stories and create collections in your user profile
  • Receive emails containing the above offerings via occasional email throughout your membership
TO JOIN, PLEASE SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION (*=REQUIRED)

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Your information will be used to better support and enable your membership. We care about your privacy and, in accordance with GDPR regulations, request your consent before giving you access to the membership services described above. You will also receive customized communications tailored to your interests as described by your selections. We will never sell your information to 3rd parties. You can cancel your membership and change your communications preferences at any time, though this may prevent you from participating in the opportunities provided by this program. View our full privacy policy here. By clicking submit, you accept these terms.

Here is what you will get:
  • Unlimited access to thousands of stories from around the world
  • First look and access to new features, tools, and resources
  • Curated newsletters with top stories
  • Invitations to SolutionsU® community events
  • Receive emails containing the above offerings via occasional email throughout your membership
  • And much more to come…
It’s easy and will take less than 2 minutes.

Journalist or J-School? Register here instead.

Your information will be used to better support and enable your membership. We care about your privacy and, in accordance with GDPR regulations, request your consent before giving you access to the membership services described above. You will also receive customized communications tailored to your interests as described by your selections. We will never sell your information to 3rd parties. You can cancel your membership and change your communications preferences at any time, though this may prevent you from participating in the opportunities provided by this program. View our full privacy policy here. By clicking submit, you accept these terms.

Our issue area taxonomy was adapted from the PCS Taxonomy with definitions by the Foundation Center, which is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial 4.0 International License.

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