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Industry Snapshot: New Technology for Social Impact

September 4, 2019 at 8:39PM
Industry Snapshot: New Technology for Social Impact

What exactly is New Technology for Social Impact? Let’s break it down.

This terminology refers to a commitment toward technological advancements that will have a positive impact on our society. It’s all about employing new technologies to address the emerging and continued challenges we face in our social spheres. These new technologies present a gateway to new opportunities in business as well as serve as driving factor toward social and environmental change.

The framework for innovative technology that leads to change begins with the analysis of innovation. At the start, one must recognize different types of change, how change happens, where it comes from, along with the best approaches to understanding what specific situation needs changing and what innovations will be most effective. For that, one must also consider how technology can be designed to better fit human needs and behaviors. 

Chances are, you’re already aware of the growth and transformation among industries looking to technology to solve some of our toughest issues to date. Discover these opportunities and find out where you can make an impact.


From innovative startups to individual investors hoping to build healthy investment ecosystems within communities, businesses today are relying on a technological push toward transforming our industries to drive social change. The demand for skilled professionals with the right experience to join these initiatives and is growing, and across a variety of industries. Just to name a few:

Now is an ideal time to build upon your skill set and dive into these expanding industries. Get started today and become part of the push to create a significant change in the way we’re used to doing things. 


Our online certificate program, New Technology for Social Impact equips students with the skills they need to develop and implement sustainable solutions to social and environmental problems using technological innovations. 

Students planning to complete the certificate are advised to take Social Innovation Theory and Practice first, then Technology Innovation Frameworks and Technology Innovation for Social Impact last. (Courses last five weeks each. Certificate must be completed in two years, but we estimate that many students will finish in one to two semesters.)

What You’ll Learn

  • Successful innovation strategies for companies at the intersection of entrepreneurship, technology, and social impact

  • How social problems can be solved through technology and a framework for how to select and implement the right technology for the problem you’re trying to solve.


Learn even more about New Technology for Social Impact, from our network and beyond.

  • Discover a variety of articles centering around the impact of new and emerging business ventures at Fast Company magazine

  • Looking to apply for a tech career where you can make a difference? Check out Tech Jobs for Good

  • In this conversation with Ashwin Gopi, instructor of the Technology Innovation Frameworks course in the New Technology for Social Impact certificate program, he talks about what technology innovation frameworks are, why they matter, and how they can be used in social responsibility initiatives in new and existing organizations

  • Learn more about the operation of The New School’s incredible feat of architecture. The University Center building embodies the core values of the university, including the use of design to address the pressing issue of sustainability

  • Feeling extra motivated to make a difference with your business venture? Open Campus also offers a certificate program in Business Design for Social Impact 

  • BONUS: Attend this upcoming event: Tools & Weapons: A conversation with Brad Smith and Trevor Noah

    What: Join Brad Smith as he sits down in conversation with Trevor Noah, bestselling author, world-famous standup comedian, and host of the Daily Show, to discuss Tools and Weapons and how the world should navigate the vast potential and existential risks of our digital world.
    When: September 9, 2019, 8:30 p.m. — 9:30 p.m.
    Where: John L. Tishman Auditorium, The New School University Center

    Register Today

Written by Casey O’Connell for Open Campus.

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