Focus Judge Award: Illuminating Complex Problems Awards (CSSH)
Rebecca Riccio is the Khaled & Olfat Juffali Director of the Social Impact Lab at Northeastern University, an experiential learning hub that prepares students for lives of citizen-leadership and social change through systems thinking, complex problem solving, and ethical community engagement. Throughout her career, Rebecca has developed and managed projects at the forefront of shifting paradigms, including teacher training programs in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe following the fall of the Berlin Wall; community-based email networks in Africa and Asia before the advent of commercial options; and the world’s first massive open on-line course or MOOC on experiential philanthropy, which engaged thousands of students around the world in awarding grants from the Buffett family’s Learning by Giving Foundation. She continues to break new ground in her teaching and research by challenging students to grapple with the complexity and ethical implications of engaging in social change using techniques such as network and systems visualization and real-dollar grant making. She holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an M.A. from the University of Michigan.