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Live discussions of important social innovation topics

 

Our on-demand SSIR Live! webinars are offered every 4-6 weeks, and feature the Stanford Social Innovation Review’s most provocative and important topics. The registration fee is $49 per 2011-2014 webinar, or $19 for 2009/2010 webinars, and includes on-demand access for 12 months—so if you missed one, you can still register and view it at your convenience.

Nonprofits

How Successful Nonprofits Develop Their Future Leaders

January 10, 2013 at 11:00 am Pacific
Presented by Kirk Kramer & Preeta Nayak

On every CEO’s “worry list” is whether he or she has the leaders the organization needs to thrive in the future. Will current managers be ready to step up? If not, then what? In this webinar, Kramer and Nayak of The Bridgespan Group will share key findings in Plan A: How Successful Nonprofits Develop Their Future Leaders, a new Bridgespan guide that provides a step-by-step approach to creating and executing a leadership development program at nonprofits of any size and budget. The presenters will identify essential steps to develop and increase your organization’s talent and build a best practice.

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Government

Social Impact Bonds in the United States: Their Promise and Future

December 12, 2012 at 11:00 am Pacific
Presented by Tracy Palandjian & Sonal Shah

Social Impact Bonds increasingly are being adopted with the idea that one way to fund successful social service programs is to raise capital from private investors. Investors are repaid through the savings a government accrues if a preventative program, such as one that reduces recidivism or keeps children out of foster care, succeeds in achieving its targets. Join Palandjian and Shah as they explore the early days of Social Impact Bonds in the United States, why they are promising, and the various risks they present. This webinar is ideal for any and all stakeholders in the nonprofit, government, or corporate sectors who seek to know more about Social Impact Bonds and alternative financing for social service programs.

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Nonprofits

We’re Getting Data, Now What?

November 27, 2012 at 11:00 am Pacific
Presented by Lucy Bernholz, Darin McKeever, Jake Porway, & June Wang

Thanks to rapid advances in computer and communication technologies, it is possible for stakeholders in the nonprofit sector to disclose more, to know more, and to demand more through increased transparency and collaboration. In October, a group of the largest US foundations committed to release their grant information in a consistent, open, and frequent manner. Dubbed the “Reporting Commitment,” 15 large foundations have agreed to report at least quarterly to the Foundation Center’s transparency-centered website, Glasspockets.org. In addition, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the financial firm LiquidNet announced in October a “New Markets for Good” effort, focused on helping donors—individuals and foundations—use data about different organizations to inform their giving choices. This webinar will explore the repercussions of these moves toward big and open data. Presenters will analyze how more timely grant reporting from foundations can allow other foundations and nonprofits to look for relevant patterns, identify potential partners, scan a field of activity, and potentially develop strategies that take into account other philanthropic resources.

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Socially Responsible Business

The Hybrid Ideal: Combining Nonprofit and For-Profit Models

July 17, 2012 at 11:00 am Pacific
Presented by Julie Battilana, John Walker, & Matthew Lee

Hybrid organizational models can be a fountain of innovation, but hybrid organizations also face distinct challenges that may prevent them from thriving. When organizations combine social mission with commercial activities, they create unfamiliar combinations of activities that require a supportive environment. Hybrids also must strike a delicate balance between social and economic objectives to avoid a focus on profits to the detriment of the social good. To better understand hybrids, a team from Harvard Business School and Echoing Green reviewed more than 3,500 Echoing Green Fellowship applications. Join Battilana, Walker, and Lee as they report the key findings of the Harvard-Echoing Green study on hybrid organizations, featured in the Summer 2012 Stanford Social Innovation Review, and examine the specific challenges hybrids face in terms of legal recognition, funding, pricing of goods and services, and creating a balanced organizational culture. The webinar also will explore solutions to these challenges.

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Related Story: In Search of the Hybrid Ideal

 

Technology & Design

Leading in a Hyperconnected World: Driving Innovation & Impact with Digital Media

May 30, 2012 at 11:00 am Pacific
Presented by Ben Hecht, Claire Diaz Ortiz, & Steve Downs

New digital media platforms and social networks have radically democratized the ways people produce, share and consume information, yet our understanding of what it means to be a leader in this new, networked society has not kept pace. Join leaders from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Twitter, and Living Cities during this free webinar to understand how these trends are changing previous notions of leadership and learn more about ways your organization can harness new technologies to accelerate innovation, adaptation, and ultimately impact. This webinar is complimentary to viewers, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Living Cities.

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Nonprofits

The Role of Brand in the Nonprofit Sector

April 25, 2012 at 11:00 am Pacific
Presented by Christopher Stone, Nathalie Kylander, & Emily Brew

Join Christopher Stone and Nathalie Kylander Kylander from Harvard Kennedy School and the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, and Emily Brew from the Nike Foundation and Girl Effect, as they discuss the changing role of brand in the nonprofit sector, and describe a new conceptual framework they have created—Nonprofit Brand IDEA—in which “IDEA” stands for brand integrity, brand democracy, brand ethics, and brand affinity. This new framework is designed to help nonprofit leaders create brands that contribute to sustaining their organization’s social impact, serving their organization’s mission, and staying true to their organization’s values and culture. The webinar will present the results of that research and the Nonprofit Brand IDEA framework.

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Channeling Change: Making Collective Impact Work

March 20, 2012 at 11:00 am Pacific
Presented by John Kania, Kat Allen & Marc Van Ameringen

In the winter 2011 issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review, FSG’s John Kania and Mark Kramer introduced the concept of “collective impact” by describing several examples of highly structured collaborative efforts that had achieved substantial impact on a large scale social problem. Response to that article was overwhelming. Since then, hundreds of organizations and individuals from every continent in the world, including the White House, have reached out to FSG to describe their efforts to use collective impact and to ask for guidance on how to implement these principles. Learn more about implementing collective impact, and hear real stories of collective impact success, drawn from FSG’s follow up article published by SSIR in January, “Channeling Change: Making Collective Impact Work.” Join SSIR editor Eric Nee as he moderates a conversation with FSG’s John Kania, and the leaders of two organizations that have successfully used the collective impact principles: Kat Allen (co–chair, Communities that Care Coalition of Franklin County and the North Quabbin); and Marc Van Ameringen (CEO, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)).

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Channeling Change: Making Collective Impact Work

 

Exploring Social Impact Markets: Examples from the Field

February 29, 2012 at 11:00 am Pacific
Presented by Andrew Wolk, Shawn Dove, Bob Giannino-Racine & Sheila Cody Peterson

With more than a trillion dollars being spent annually on millions of American nonprofit and government institutions—and federal and municipal budget crises coming into full flower—the time has come for social impact markets. Drawing on his Winter 2012 article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Root Cause Founder and CEO Andrew Wolk, with other practitioners from the field, will explore these and other examples of incipient social impact markets: the Social Innovation Fund administered by the US Government’s Corporation for National and Community Service, the Youth Violence Prevention Funder Learning Collaborative, and Root Cause’s Social Innovation Forum.

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Foundations

Living with the Gates Foundation

December 14, 2011 at 11:00 am Pacific
Presented by Ed Skloot, Megan Tompkins-Stange, Laura Freschi, and Bruce Sievers

Drawing from a recent special issue of Alliance magazine, thought leaders representing a variety of sectors will discuss the impact that the Gates Foundation has had on global social change and how social initiatives may change as a result. During this live webinar, authors Ed Skloot, Megan Tompkins-Strange, Laura Freschi, and Bruce Sievers will share their perspectives on what large institutions like the Gates Foundation mean for democracy, whether the organization is becoming a “benevolent dictator” in global public health, how the Gates Foundation is reinvigorating discussion around the role of foundations in society, and more.

Moderator Tim Ogden, Stanford Social Innovation Review contributor and the Alliance special issue guest editor, will lead this lively discussion. Attendees will receive electronic access to the Alliance special issue upon registration and are encouraged to read the Gates Foundation section prior to the webinar.

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Fundraising

Building the Right Funding Model for Your Organization

November 30, 2011 at 11:00 am Pacific
Presented by Peter Kim and Gihani Fernando

Nonprofit funding strategy and financial sustainability are central to creating a vibrant and effective sector. Yet our understanding about these issues remains far less sophisticated than our understanding of programs. Too often, conventional wisdom, such as “diversification is good,” substitutes for thoughtful planning. Building upon years of primary research and consulting experience with dozens of nonprofit clients, The Bridgespan Group has developed an approach for how an organization can identify and develop a funding model that will allow it to achieve its programmatic aspirations. In this webinar Peter Kim, a manager in Bridgespan’s New York City office, and Gihani Fernando, a manager in Bridgespan’s San Franscisco office, will provide practical guidance on the steps you need to take to create a funding model for your organization, and review the types of decisions and tradeoffs that nonprofit leaders need to make along the way.

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