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The latest stories on social innovation, published each weekday



The Social Innovation Fund: Field Observations

We must use our scarce resources to serve disenfranchised people’s needs and demand that evidence of results play a greater role in funding decisions.

By Lisa Jackson & Carla Javits | 1 | Dec. 2, 2011
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Impact Investing

Investing Beyond Exit

An important question that social entrepreneurs should also be thinking about when dealing with impact investing.

By Brian Axelrad | Dec. 1, 2011
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Impact Investing

Constructing the Case for Impact Investment

What social entrepreneurs need to be thinking about when approaching impact investors and making the pitch for investment capital.

By Brian Axelrad | 4 | Nov. 30, 2011


Will the FCC’s Digital Literacy Corps become a 21st Century Peace Corps? Maybe.

Will this Digital Literacy Corps be a 21st Century Peace Corps?

By Daniel Kent | Nov. 29, 2011

Technology & Design

Social Innovation Needs Design, and Design Needs Social Innovation

Social innovation needs people who know how to create lives filled with both success and purpose. It needs designers.

By Cheryl Heller | 2 | Nov. 28, 2011

Global Issues

Unexpected Innovation Lessons from the Do Lectures

Innovation doesn’t happen only in gleaming purpose-built labs with groups of geniuses hi-fiving each other as they surf the waves of change.

By Ella Saltmarshe | 2 | Nov. 23, 2011

Technology & Design

Social Networking Strategies: The Limits of Cutting and Pasting

Don't be fooled into thinking strategies for online engagement can be cut and pasted from one platform to the next.

By Amy Sample Ward | 5 | Nov. 22, 2011

Nonprofit Management

Measuring Leadership Development

To avoid measuring and funding leadership development is to deprive the social sector of one of its greatest performance improvement tools.

By Matthew Forti | 2 | Nov. 21, 2011


Don’t Occupy Wall Street—Transform It

It’s time for a new generation of social change leaders to move beyond occupying Wall Street to transform it.

By Rich Tafel | 13 | Nov. 18, 2011
SSIR blogger Kelly Kleiman, who blogs as The Nonprofiteer, is principal of NFP Consulting.

How Not to Handle Succession in the Arts

The most effective bosses wear their power lightly, in cooperation rather than in conflict with the artists they mean to be serving.

By Kelly Kleiman | Nov. 18, 2011