Social Innovation

The Saint Anselm College Social Innovation Initiative is about empowering faculty and students to identify, design and implement solutions for social impact. With our newly established Center for Ethics in Business & Governance (CEBG) we are working with social entrepreneurs, innovators, business leaders, and policy makers to create opportunities and programming for changemaking locally and globally.

Ethics Debate Programs for Students

The Ethics Center seeks to foster a new generation of ethical leaders by conducting a series of ethical discussions, debates, and competitions for regional high school and collegiate students. These programs provide insight and guidance - as well as institutional and communal support - for students interested in developing a deeper comprehension of ethical issues, and an ability to discuss and articulate their views in a clear and convincing fashion.

Ethics Bowl is a competitive and inspiring educational experience for students that aims to accomplish two goals: “(a) the development of ethical understanding in connection with complex, ambiguous, and difficult to resolve issues; and (b) the fostering of key virtues associated with democratic deliberation.”

Ethics Bowls are a proven and established way to help students:

  • Deepen their ethical knowledge and understanding  
  • Clearly formulate and express ethical arguments
  • Learn to support their arguments with well-grounded reasons
  • Develop a consensus ethical position sometimes requiring compromise
  • Listen to and learn from opposing positions on difficult moral questions

High School

The Center for Ethics in Business and Governance (CEBG) seeks to foster a new generation of ethical leaders by conducting a series of ethical discussions, conferences, and ethics bowl programs for New Hampshire high school students. These programs provide insight and guidance—as well as institutional and communal support—for the State’s students to develop a deeper comprehension of ethical issues and an ability to discuss and articulate their views in a clear and convincing fashion. The program’s goal is to support all of the State’s students, particularly underserved student populations. High school programs include:

  • Supporting the HYPE (Hosting Young Philosophy Enthusiasts) program by hosting planning days and student facilitator training program.
  • Hosting a business ethics conference with HYPE for area students.  The first one will be held on Friday, February 9, 5-8 pm.
  • High School Ethics Bowl programs

Ethics for Children

In the Fall of 2017, students in ED 220: Children’s Literature are learning about philosophical questions present in children’s literature and will lead elementary and middle school students in a read aloud and philosophical discussion. Students in the class will work with children in after school programs at Elmwood Gardens, an affordable housing community in Manchester, and the Inti Academy Reading Group hosted by Inti Academy and Saint Anselm’s Alpha Phi Omega service organization, helping inner-city, immigrant and refugee middle schoolers from Manchester.

This year, as part of the Center for Ethics, Business, and Governance, a new unit was introduced on how children’s literature embeds and evokes philosophical inquiries. Professors Kyle Hubbard and Aubrey Scheopner Torres co-taught a class on defining and identifying philosophical questions and how to engage students in a read aloud and philosophical discussion. Students are working in small groups and will continue practicing their presentations and receive continued support as they prepare to engage children in philosophy in the coming weeks.

Course Offerings

The Center is working to develop interesting and innovative courses in Ethics in Business and Governance.  Courses that are or will be offered by the Center include Business Ethics and Philosophy Special Topics: Work and Wellbeing.