I have to admit that the program exceeded my expectations. It was much less of an individual experience than I thought it would be. Everyone was really open and accepting. It was so inspiring to be around people who were all willing to change and work towards improving themselves and others around them. As an ESI member, I met and shaped friendships with numerous people who I know are headed to improve the world, quite like me. Through workshops, association visits and field excursions to the Silicon Valley, I started to understand what drives and maintains a creative soul and how to have the mind of a true changemaker.
Part of the activities were the V-Talks, which allowed me to reflect on my personal interests and improve my storytelling skills. We also had time amid the night or early morning to spend time with other participants and get to know each other better. A few of us spent it by going to the gym or having dinner together.
I definitely recommend this program to anyone who would like to be more educated in social and environmental change. The point of social innovation is to through exploration and experiential learning, create inventive solutions to complex issues. San Francisco is a city that has many issues such as homelessness. However, there are a plenty of associations and private administrations devoted to helping them and the community in general. I couldn’t find a better location in the US for a program on social innovation.