From Demanding Change to Making It.
The Burnes Center designs and implements practical solutions to society’s hardest problems. We develop innovative, participatory, and equitable approaches to solving public problems using new technology.
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The January Impact Insider: The Burnes Center Quarterly ReportJan. 31, 2024 |
Harnessing AI to Improve Government Service and Customer Experience
Burnes Center Director Beth Simone Noveck testifies before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs on using AI to strengthen government services.Jan. 10, 2024 | | U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs
How AI Could Restore Our Faith in Democracy
Burnes Center Director Beth Simone Noveck discusses using AI to identify strategies to strengthen our democracy.Jan. 09, 2024 | | Fast Company
Burnes center projects
Impact Studio: Unlocking Literacy
Convening community conversations on improving literacy and equity.
InnovateMA – AI For Impact
Solving public sector problems by tapping into the potential of Artificial Intelligence and the talent of Northeastern students.
Delivering free online learning for public servants by public servants on data, digital, and innovation skills with an emphasis on evidence-based and equitable approaches.
Advancing collective intelligence with artificial intelligence.
Power at Work
Contributing to a discourse in the United States that emphasizes the importance of collective action and puts workers and worker power at the center of…
The Internet We Deserve
A Lecture Series on the history and possibilities of the Internet.
Impact Studio: Election Subversion
Bringing together diverse experts to counter efforts that undermine the integrity of U.S. elections.
IN THE NEWS
Going on strike: Why some unions have more leverage than others
Senior Fellow at the Burnes Center for Social Change and Professor of Practice at Northeastern University, Seth Harris joins Yahoo Finance Live to weigh in…Feb. 21, 2024 | | Yahoo! Finance
Massachusetts Establishes AI Task Force by Executive Order
Gov. Healey announced a partnership with Northeastern University’s Burnes Center for Social Change highlighting a partnership between EOTSS and the Executive Office of Administration and…Feb. 16, 2024 | | GovTech
Governor Healey Signs Executive Order Establishing Artificial Intelligence (AI) Strategic Task Force
Governor Healey announces InnovateMA, a nation leading The Burnes Center for Social Change program that partners Northeastern University AI for Impact co-op students with Massachusetts…Feb. 14, 2024 | | Governor Healey’s Office
AI Cyber Lunch: “Beyond Deliberation: Deepening Participation with AI”
Beth Noveck, Professor of Experiential AI and Director of the Burnes Center for Social Change at Northeastern University, will discuss how AI could help us…
12:00pm – 1:00pm
In person: Rubenstein Building – David T. Ellwood Democracy Lab, Room 414AB
InnovateUS: How to Apply Human-Centered Design to Government AI Projects
2:00pm – 3:30pm
Innovating American Politics: Reimagining Democracy for the Digital Age
Beth Noveck, Professor of Experiential AI and Director of the Burnes Center for Social Change at Northeastern University, will join a panel discussion on reimagining…
7:00pm – 9:00pm
In person: Brooklyn Law School’s Feil Hall, Forchelli Conference Center
InnovateUS: Using Artificial Intelligence to De-Jargon Government Language
2:00pm – 3:00pm
AI and the Future of Lawmaking
Rebooting Democracy in the Age of AI Lecture Series presents “AI and the Future of Lawmaking” with guest lecturer Marci Harris.
The Internet We Deserve with Tom Wheeler
On Tuesday, March 26 at 2 p.m., hear from Tom Wheeler, former Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) where he led the FCC’s efforts…
2:00pm – 3:00pm
WHAT WE BELIEVE
Change-makers are made, not born.
Everyone has the potential and the power to become a successful problem solver.
We cannot solve tomorrow’s challenges with yesterday’s tools.
Innovative technologies, policies, and partnerships are required for systems-level change.
How you implement matters.
Solving problems in practice requires going beyond innovative ideas to implementation of equitable solutions that measurably improve people’s lives.
The future depends upon all of us.
Tackling systemic public problems demands that we work closely with communities from day one.
WHAT WE DO
Teaching and learning the skills of social change and impact
Building the emerging field of global social change and impact
Connecting communities of mission-driven leaders
Leading implementation of innovative solutions in key areas, including education equity, strengthening democracy and reducing gun violence
Solving Public Problems
Our free foundational course providing the skills to design and implement social change.
- Tools and technologies for designing and implementing mission-driven projects
- Ways to use Big Data and community wisdom to tackle problems
- How to combine subject matter expertise and problem-solving skills
- An introduction to leading social and public innovators
SOCIAL CHANGE AT NORTHEASTERN
As a university-wide center, we look for new opportunities to collaborate with others engaged in social-impact work.
About the Burnes family
The Center is named in recognition of the generous investment made by the Burnes Family: Nonnie and Richard Burnes, and their three children, who have championed many social causes.
Nonnie Burnes, who passed away in August 2021, leaves behind a remarkable legacy defined by her selfless commitment to making real change in her communities and around the world. A 1978 Northeastern School of Law alumna, Nonnie pursued equality and justice, and was passionate about empowering others. She was a leader in the Massachusetts legal community and left a legacy of championing women’s rights and liberties. She upheld and advocated these ambitious values while serving on Northeastern’s Board of Trustees and as a senior university fellow at the university’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs.
MISSION AND VISION
The challenges societies face today cannot be solved with yesterday’s toolkit. The Burnes Center for Social Change at Northeastern University advances real-world impact by teaching individuals and institutions the skills needed to design and implement innovative and equitable solutions to our hardest problems. In the process, we are building a new field of social impact that leverages data, technology and community wisdom and the power of institutions to enable systems-level change in practice.
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