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Northeastern Launches Social Impact Lab

February 5, 2014

Described as “a hub of innovative experiential curricula, programming, and events designed to empower social change and civic engagement across disciplines and around the world,” Northeastern University’s new Social Impact Lab officially launched this semester. Building on the signature “Giving With Purpose” MOOC (mas­sive open online course) created with Doris Buffett’s Learning by Giving Foundation, the lab’s Director Rebecca Riccio describes the learning experience envisioned for students:

“The MOOC epit­o­mizes our vision of the Social Impact Lab as a con­duit between theory and practice—a plat­form for stu­dents to apply what they are learning in the class­room to real-​​world chal­lenges and oppor­tu­ni­ties. Our goal is to give stu­dents a com­pre­hen­sive toolkit for trans­lating good inten­tions into effec­tive, finan­cially sus­tain­able strate­gies for achieving social change.”

Click here to learn more about the Social Impact Lab, online at

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