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Social Innovation

The Alchemy of Purpose

Greg Woodburn | Posted 11.21.2014 | Impact
Greg Woodburn

It seems to me that the Social Innovator's Dilemma is how we balance the patience required for building enduring impact with the urgency that compels us to impassioned action.

Leveraging Social Innovation for Impact: Making Education a Priority in Armenia

Carrie Rich | Posted 11.18.2014 | Education
Carrie Rich

On a recent trip to Armenia, I witnessed what it takes to launch a new educational initiative.

Can Innovation Cause Inefficiencies?

Scott MacFarland | Posted 11.12.2014 | Business
Scott MacFarland

Is it possible that trying to be innovative has really turned your company or department in the other direction and caused Inefficiencies?

Start a Business - Not a Social Enterprise

Madelynne Wager | Posted 11.12.2014 | Small Business
Madelynne Wager

Socially-minded entrepreneurship is the latest humanitarian trend. Altruistic mavericks are pioneering products and services to fulfill previously unmet needs -- especially in developing nations -- changing the rules of agriculture, lighting, medicine, education and more.

A Policy Idea Both Parties Can Agree on

Anne Mosle | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics
Anne Mosle

It is time for other policymakers across the country to join this effort. Unless they rise to this challenge, the next generation will be at further risk - for academic struggles, for lower wages, and, ultimately, for the same challenges facing their parents for economic stability

You Don't Need to Found a Company to Change the World

Jeremy Pesner | Posted 11.06.2014 | Small Business
Jeremy Pesner

With all of these wonderful resources, what could possibly be the downside of entrepreneurship? Well, there are a few reasons, and they indicate the wider systems of institutions, policies and economics that play just as large a part in shaping the state of the world.

Developing an Innovation Mindset

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 11.03.2014 | Impact
Tom Vander Ark

Is it possible to train your brain to think differently? I'm skeptical of those brain-training games but I'm certain that learning and disciplined hab...

Critical Key to Stopping Ebola? Mobile Phones

Maura O'Neill | Posted 11.03.2014 | Impact
Maura O'Neill

The impact of mobile applications is growing and it's not just for Angry Bird enthusiasts and eBay shoppers anymore - but also for innovators working to create a freer, healthier more prosperous world.

Texas Hackers to Fight Ebola, Fire and Water Contamination With African SMS

Maya Horgan | Posted 10.30.2014 | Impact
Maya Horgan

Your mobile phone can save a thousand lives. And now, through Developers Doing Development, Michael Henderson and Scott Akers are using SMS automation to combat issues of infrastructure and disease.

Migrant Workers Don't Need to Live in Slavery

Skoll Foundation | Posted 10.29.2014 | Impact
Skoll Foundation

By Dan Viederman, CEO, Verité


Capturing Consumer Demand for Social Impact

Perry Yeatman | Posted 10.23.2014 | Business
Perry Yeatman

The question is: how can you determine which causes and social strategies will actually move the business needle? It is a particularly challenging issue given so many CSR programs and cause marketing campaigns don't.

The Culture of Collective Impact

Paul Schmitz | Posted 10.22.2014 | Impact
Paul Schmitz

I came to believe in collective impact from a cognitive dissonance I increasingly experienced during two decades of work in the nonprofit sector.

The Girl Effect and My Grandmother

Greg Woodburn | Posted 10.20.2014 | Impact
Greg Woodburn

The agony of these missing parts applies not only to our deceased loved ones - it applies to when we allow fear to dampen courage; ignorance to imprison knowledge; and hatred to overwhelm love.

Filling The Gap in Social Innovation: An Interview With Roshan Paul Of The Amani Institute

Carrie Rich | Posted 10.14.2014 | Impact
Carrie Rich

Through my work at The Global Good Fund, I have the distinct pleasure of investing in the leadership development of other people - high potential youn...

Rethinking Cities as Sharing Platforms

April Rinne | Posted 10.14.2014 | Business
April Rinne

I work in the 'sharing economy' from a unique vantage point: at the nexus of private, public and social sectors, advising governments, companies, impa...

The Merger of Business & Philanthropy

Steven Crandell | Posted 10.09.2014 | Business
Steven Crandell

An Open Letter to Bill Gates and Kevin Roberts Dear Bill and Kevin, The people of the world are ready for one of the biggest innovations eve...

Millennials and Meaning

Martina Buchal | Posted 10.09.2014 | Impact
Martina Buchal

We all know that we leave an imprint on the world through the decisions we make daily and these decisions are now getting the attention of major business players and government bodies as the economy and workplace change around us -- or more so perhaps, have to change to work with us.

Berkeley's Freedom Flame Kept Alive by New Generation of Digital Activists

Ruairí McKiernan | Posted 10.02.2014 | College
Ruairí McKiernan

While Berkeley is more progressive than many places in the U.S, it is clear that the culture of large-scale student activism has changed. Many claim the youth of today are apathetic. Others say they just engage in different ways. It may also be that exorbitant college fees play a large part in taking the radical edge out of the student population.

Pay for Success Will Help Vulnerable People

Deborah De Santis | Posted 10.01.2014 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

The Corporation for National and Community Service's (CNCS) Social Innovation Fund (SIF) today announced that CSH (Corporation for Supportive Housing)...

Teaching Creative Leadership on a Global Scale - An Interview with Rajiv Ball of THNK

Carrie Rich | Posted 09.30.2014 | Business
Carrie Rich

I had the privilege of interviewing Rajiv Ball, a Partner at THNK responsible for opening new THNK locations across the world and developing special programs for corporate clients.

Heirloom Health Care for the Poor

Barry Segal | Posted 10.07.2014 | Impact
Barry Segal

Heirloom tomatoes are an important counter-point to large-scale production. They are not grown to challenge the conventional tomato market but to create a local alternative of higher quality. Now let's apply the same logic to global health care.

Innovation Starts with You

Tim McDonald | Posted 09.25.2014 | Business
Tim McDonald

We are all innovators. If we start with ourselves, and the relationships we form, we have the building blocks for creating purposeful change that will touch the lives of many. And anything becomes possible.

Making Government Smarter

Alex Wirth | Posted 11.22.2014 | Impact
Alex Wirth

Both The Social Innovation Fund and Social Impact Bonds view government not as a problem but as a convener leveraging outside resources, momentum, and energy to catalyze positive social change for America. Local and State governments should capitalize on these social financing mechanisms to solve their biggest challenges.

When Women Take the Lead

Monique Villa | Posted 11.21.2014 | Impact
Monique Villa

Women are the ultimate economic accelerators: when they work, whole families benefit. Children are better fed, better educated and have longer life expectancies

Every Company Can and Should Replicate CVS' Social Good

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 11.17.2014 | Business
Stuart Muszynski

We encourage more companies to consider making "doing good" both an input and an output of their missions, values, products, and employees. Every company can have its CVS moment.