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Commentary and analysis on social innovation ideas and approaches

 
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Fundraising

From Projects to People: Addressing a Donor Funding Imbalance

Donors are always calling for innovative thinking, so why not show a little inclination to innovate themselves?

By Ken Banks | 35 | Apr. 22, 2015
 

Socially Responsible Business

A Week of Social Impact for Business

A look at how investment firms, B Corporations, and other businesses are committing to social and environmental change.

By Georgia Levenson Keohane | 2 | Apr. 21, 2015
 
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Corporate Philanthropy

Making “Customer-driven Philanthropy” Work

Engaging customers in corporate philanthropy has significant bottom-line potential, but even big brands have struggled with doing it well. Is there a future for consumer-driven philanthropy?

By Anna Pikovsky Auerbach | Apr. 20, 2015
 

Energy

Why Energy Philanthropy Is High-Impact Philanthropy

Energy is central to many causes that funders care about, but it is one of the most underappreciated issues in 21st-century philanthropy.

By Rachel Pritzker & Mike Berkowitz | 4 | Apr. 17, 2015
 
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Food

A Healthy Dose of Skepticism

There is no scientific consensus on the safety of GMOs and no evidence that their commercialization has been beneficial to society as a whole; until there is, it is prudent to just say no.

By Rufo Quintavalle | 10 | Apr. 14, 2015
 
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Technology & Design

Digital Fluency at the BOP

Mobile adoption at the base of the pyramid will bring massive development benefits, but we must seize the unique opportunity to drive pre-emptive positive digital behavior to help safeguard vulnerable communities.

By Oliver Gilbert | Apr. 13, 2015
 

Social Entrepreneurship

Time to Define What a “Hub” Really Is

Clarifying four core features that hub organizations are widely assumed to share can help us grasp their limits and possibilities as innovation intermediaries.

 

Socially Responsible Business

Sending a Signal for Change

Leading by example through individual and institutional commitments to fossil fuel divestment.

By Michael Simpson | 1 | Apr. 3, 2015
 

Foundations

Systems Change Should Lift Up Beneficiary Voices

When collaborating on systems transformation, we must include both program beneficiaries and institutional leaders.

By Peter Long | 6 | Apr. 1, 2015
 

Nonprofit Management

Turning Empathy into Action

How the nature of design thinking complements and strengthens collective impact frameworks.

By Kate Hanisian & Shiloh Turner | 3 | Mar. 31, 2015