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The latest stories on social innovation, published each weekday

 

Human Rights

The Environmental Movement’s Unfunded Army

Why fostering diversity among senior leadership at environmental organizations is important to the success of the environmental movement.

 

Nonprofit Management

Transformative Scale: The Social Sector’s New Frontier

A look at the challenge of achieving impact at a scale that actually solves problems.

By Jeff Bradach | Apr. 22, 2014
 

Nonprofit Management

A New Study of Collective Impact Efforts

With Wallace Foundation backing, Columbia University’s Teachers College sets out to learn from past initiatives, document current ones, and find answers to complex questions.

 

Technology & Design

The Challenge of Scaling Digitally

The role of emerging technologies in traditionally “high-touch” development organizations—insights from BRAC’s recent Frugal Innovation Forum.

By Maria A. May | Apr. 18, 2014
 

Ambition to Audacity: Takeaways from the 2014 Skoll World Forum

Social entrepreneurship is getting bolder.

By Jason Saul | 2 | Apr. 17, 2014
 

Foundations

Foundation Learning: The Case for Productive Anxiety

A greater sense of urgency can help foundations better use their strategy and evaluation data to learn, unlearn, and improve.

By Diana Scearce | 4 | Apr. 17, 2014
 
SSIR blogger Thaler Pekar is the principal partner of Thaler Pekar & Partners. She facilitated the opening plenary of the most recent Smithsonian Institute Conference on Organizational Storytelling.

Reflection Through Narrative

How international organizations gain insight, innovation, and internal alignment through story.

 
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Nonprofits

Moving From Verbal to Visual Cause Marketing

Why nonprofit leaders need to improve their visual fluency—plus a crash course on how to do it.

By Curtis Chang | Apr. 15, 2014
 

Urban Development

What Makes a “World-Class” City?

Planners must shift their attention to the informal economy that is the invisible engine of true urban greatness.

 

Measuring Social Impact

Introducing the Impact Genome Project

A new, groundbreaking initiative will codify and quantify the factors used in social impact programs that are proven to produce outcomes.

By Jason Saul & Matt Groch | 3 | Apr. 9, 2014