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Social Innovator Award

As an Institute for Social Innovation, it is important to have markers of what an ideal social innovator should embody.

If we want to create more people activating and creating sustainable social impact, we need to understand what social impact truly looks like. Defining the skills, knowledge, and traits is not easy, but words can minimize the true essence of the person who actually sets in motion the change and motivation.

2014: Mick Jackson and Razia Jan

The Lewis Institute honored Mick Jackson and Razia Jan with the 2014 Social Innovation Award in April 2014.

Past Recipients

2013: Dr. Kwabena Darko

The first Lewis Institute Social Innovator Award was given in May 2013 to Dr. Kwabena Darko who exemplified the qualities, attributes, and impact that we believed would be so powerful for students to learn from and, as a result, would be influenced to activate real and lasting change in the world. This award serves as the marker for extraordinary achievement and a benchmark for how one sets in motion large scale change and impact.

A social innovator sets in motion change that affects the life course of the individual, his/her community, and eventually a nation. This award inspires others and helps us identify and develop more social innovators with the desire, passion, love, commitment, and vision that leaders like Dr. Darko, Mick Jackson, and Razia Jan embrace.

Award Criteria

  1. Innovative—Nominee is innovative and demonstrated a new approach.
  2. Committed—Nominee has personally dedicated himself/herself to the issue.
  3. High Impact—Nominee addressed a serious social problem and created tangible impact to the beneficiary population.
  4. Scalable—Nominee has effected systemic change (e.g. policy change, societal change, influence in their field) and/or demonstrated high replication and growth.
  5. Sustainable—Nominee has a clear and compelling mission and objectives, a viable and growing program, compelling measures of success, viable funding model, and other key factors indicating sustainability.