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.

Thank you to our Program Champion: SAFE Credit Union.


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 
  • Ecosystem stakeholders and their roles critical to social innovation initiatives 


The target audience for this workshop series includes:

  • Individuals passionate about making a social impact and change
  • Regional leaders working in the civic and social space
  • Corporate leaders and executives
  • Nonprofit leaders and executives
  • Nonprofit board members
  • Civic commissioners
  • Community engagement managers


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.

  • Four weeks long (two hours each Friday)
  • Small group size
  • Cohort-like structure
  • Hands-on application of concepts
  • Guest speakers

Course Schedule and Registration

March 5: Defining the Problem and Opportunity 
March 12: Idea Generation 
March 19: Piloting and Prototyping  
March 26: Diffusion and Scaling 

We recommend that you sign up for all four sessions to get the most out of the series. 


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