Christian Collective for Social Innovation
Baylor University and Compassion International have announced the Christian Collective for Social Innovation (CCSI), another exciting initiative in their partnership to bring about global human flourishing for children and families in poverty.
The CCSI will create a trusted Christian platform where innovators will receive the capital, know-how, relationships and publicity they’ll need to solve the world’s most significant challenges.
The first phase of the CCSI is the Social Innovation Challenge, which invites innovators and entrepreneurs around the world, including Baylor students and Compassion International youth and alumni, to focus specifically on problems introduced into the educational systems in Central and South America during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Applicants will be invited to compete in a multi-phased review process. Finalists will be organized in a cohort, where they will receive funding, mentorship and implementation support for viable solutions to these problems.
The second phase of the CCSI will be completed with Compassion International and local church staff in Central and South America, where solutions from the Social Innovation Challenge will be implemented in a local context.
“The Christian Collective for Social Innovation embodies the vision of connecting God’s people across the globe by leveraging our collective resources, sourcing innovations and mentoring change-makers,” Associate Vice President of External Affairs Jeremy Vickers, B.S.Ed. ’05, Ph.D., said. “When Christians engage in the work of solving the most pressing and complex issues around the globe, we believe the good news of God’s hope will spread throughout the world.”