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Commentary and analysis on social innovation ideas and approaches

 

Global Issues

Fostering Collaboration Through Common Language

Social change partners must understand the why before digging into the what.

By Kate Marple | 4 | Sep. 23, 2014
 
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Socially Responsible Business

A Case for Business Diversity

The co-operative enterprise model lets people own and operate the services they need to live, and supports overall economic stability and resilience.

By Jan Schiettecatte | 1 | Sep. 22, 2014
 

Philanthropy

Philanthropy and Impact Investing—Stormy Seas, Rocky Shores

The middle ground between traditional philanthropic and commercial spaces is a continuum; we need to shift the dialogue from morals to tools.

 
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Civil Society

Civic Crowdfunding: A New Way of Spending Down?

Civic crowdfunding shouldn't support core public services; it should create immediate impact and inform future projects.

By Rodrigo Davies | 3 | Sep. 16, 2014
 

Nonprofits

Reconciling the Supply & Demand of Good Intentions

Why we must strike a balance between high-volume and high-touch service programs.

By John Cary | 16 | Sep. 15, 2014
 
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Foundations

Investing in Leadership to Accelerate Philanthropic Impact

Why some foundations are making leadership development a core part of their grantmaking strategy.

By Ira Hirschfield | 14 | Sep. 11, 2014
 
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Social Entrepreneurship

World Literature on Social Innovation: A Quest

A new book makes an important contribution to a field screaming out for diversity—but may also illustrate why there isn’t more diversity.

By Roshan Paul | 5 | Sep. 8, 2014
 

Impact Investing

On Innovators and Pinballs

Five paths to scale in early-stage impact investing.

By Mike Kubzansky & Paul Breloff | 3 | Sep. 3, 2014
 

Philanthropy

Passing the Torch on Impact Investing

An introduction to the recently released book New Frontiers of Philanthropy.

By William Burckart | Sep. 3, 2014
 
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Philanthropy

Getting Beyond Hype: Four Questions to Predict Real Impact

A simple way to think about investment and design.

By Kevin Starr | 7 | Sep. 2, 2014