From Dr Neil Stott
The waterways in Venice are running clear, neighbours are exercising together (at a safe distance) in the streets, singing can be heard from balconies, and the pollution levels are dropping. These are just a few of the many unexpected positive moments that are happening around the world because of a virus called COVID-19.
The current situation is also encouraging organisations to be creative in their problem solving despite the impact of the virus, which is being felt in every aspect of our lives; from our physical and mental wellbeing to how we work from home, to the survival of major industries and small companies.
The Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation team is continuing to deliver education and engagement throughout these challenging times. Our MSt in Social Innovation is a blended learning programme, combining online delivery with four residential weeks in Cambridge; ideally suited for current circumstances! With an international student body and an increasing number of travel bans globally, we took the decision this month to deliver our first online residential.
Since it is not possible to determine when we will be able to resume ‘normal service’, we are learning how to effectively adapt our delivery to ensure our students continue to receive their world class education.
For prospective students applying for 2020 entry (Cohort Five), we are still receiving applications and will process them as normal. The closing date for applications is Monday 30 March.
As COVID-19 marches through our villages, towns, cities and countries, we have seen an upsurge in social innovation during this crisis – particularly from grassroots groups – and we aim to share and comment on how communities across the globe are responding.
To learn more about, and to apply for, the masters programme – https://www.jbs.cam.ac.uk/programmes/professional-practice/mst-social-innovation/
To learn more about social innovation and its impact – https://socialinnovation.blog.jbs.cam.ac.uk/