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The latest stories on social innovation, published each weekday

 

Education

The Case for Social Innovation Micro-Credentials

Digital badges as a credentialing tool may force us to re-think and redesign education, especially for emerging fields such as social innovation.

By Charles Tsai | 12 | Jul. 1, 2014
 

Economic Development

Will a Higher Minimum Wage Help the Poor?

Raising the minimum wage appears to help the poor, but these policies fail to create the conditions that help people move from poverty to prosperity.

By Paul Godfrey | 4 | Jun. 30, 2014
 

Technology & Design

Getting Leapfrogging Right

A new generation of digital breakthroughs holds the potential to deliver important social benefits, but only if we adopt technology in a different way.

By Sara Agarwal & Parag Khanna | Jun. 27, 2014
 

Business

Could Holding Companies Help Social Enterprise Scale Up?

A look at the benefits holding companies can offer social enterprises and how a trailblazing group in France is leading the way.

By Travis Hollingsworth | 2 | Jun. 26, 2014
 

Impact Investing

Letting Loose the Crazy Uncle

A new report explains how the financial services industry can better harness impact investing to serve client demand.

By William Burckart | 1 | Jun. 26, 2014
 

Nonprofit Management

The Uncomfortable Truth About Talent Development

The toughest part of building a talent-rich organization is letting go of low performers—but it’s critical.

By Jerry Hauser | Jun. 25, 2014
 
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Nonprofit Management

How Groups Make Great Decisions

A growing body of knowledge is leading to happier teams and better choices.

By Matthew Scharpnick | 3 | Jun. 25, 2014
 

Social Entrepreneurship

Disruptive Innovation: Where It Matters Most

It’s time to stop quibbling over what “disruptive innovation” means and focus on how to put it to work for good.

By Steve Davis | Jun. 24, 2014
 

From The Field

Building Local Currency

Three lessons from successful advocacy projects in the Global South.

 

Measuring Social Impact

People, Power, and Accountability

Any approach to measuring social impact that doesn’t include a transfer of power to stakeholders is just marketing.

By Jeremy Nicholls | 1 | Jun. 23, 2014