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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 | 3 | 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 | 4 | Apr. 9, 2014
 

Global Issues

From Service Learning to Learning Service

Personal development and global development are intrinsically linked, but our current service-learning model might need flipping on its head.

By Claire Bennett & Daniela Papi | 3 | Apr. 8, 2014
 

Measuring Social Impact

Setting the Stage to Measure Impact in Health

A new catalog of metrics can help investors and organizations demonstrate that positive financial returns and social returns can be twinned.

 

Civil Society

Putting Community in Collective Impact

Five characteristics of civic culture that collective impact efforts must address.

By Rich Harwood | 5 | Apr. 7, 2014