Social Innovation Workshop Series


CCE is partnering with the Carlsen Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Sacramento State to deliver a four-part workshop series aimed at providing an innovation mindset, framework, and toolkit for civic and social innovators. The series aims to generate a set of actionable ideas for key civic and social issues in the Greater Sacramento Region.  


Participants will have the opportunity to learn: 

  • Design thinking process and understanding a problem with empathy 
  • Proven tools and methods for effective brainstorming and ideation 
  • Building and establishing a culture conducive to innovation 
  • Key subject matter about specific areas of interest 


The target audience for this workshop series includes:

  • local leaders in social or civic services
  • entrepreneurs who want to make a positive impact on society
  • anyone who wants to become a social innovator


This series will have four separate sessions dedicated to taking participants through the foundations of design thinking. Participants will join breakout rooms at certain points to discuss specific issues and hear from subject matter experts. 

Course Schedule and Registration

Registration has closed. 


The purpose of the Social Innovation Series is to provide civic and social innovators with proven and repeatable tools and methods for generating tangible ideas to social challenges. The resulting ideas generated from the series will support the Greater Sacramento Region in solving some of its key issue areas. In addition, the series will empower civic and social innovators to bring new ideas to the floor and build a culture of innovation. 

The tangible ideas generated during this series will have the opportunity to be exercised with future programming through the Carlsen Center (i.e. Virtual Entrepreneurship Toolkit Series). 

Potential areas of focus: 

  • Digital Inclusion 
  • Climate Change & Sustainability 
  • COVID-19 
  • Cybersecurity 
  • Education/Workforce Development 
  • Food Access 
  • Inclusive Economic Development 
  • Health 
  • Homelessness 
  • Mobility/Transportation