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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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.
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.
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)).
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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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.
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.
Join Katie Smith Milway and Ann Goggins Gregory, both from The Bridgespan Group, for a lively interactive dialogue about how your organization, small or large, can bridge the gaps between goals, incentives, and processes when it comes to organizational learning. Milway and Goggins will present examples of nonprofits that have successfully implemented organizational learning, such as the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP), World Vision, the Arizona Children’s Association, and the Nature Conservancy. The dialogue will be based in part on Milway’s recent article about creating a knowledge-sharing process (see “The Challenges of Organizational Learning,” Summer 2011 Stanford Social Innovation Review), and Gregory will present findings from a learning lab on incentives and processes that she and Milway held during the Stanford Nonprofit Management Institute in September.
Social entrepreneurs who want to start a new venture quickly confront an important question: What type of legal structure should I create? Should I start a traditional nonprofit, a for-profit, or something in between? This is not a simple question to answer. Join veteran social entrepreneur Jim Fruchterman, founder and CEO of Benetech, as he guides you through the issues you need to consider before choosing an attorney. He emphasizes that a legal structure is simply a tool for accomplishing your goals, and explains that first a social entrepreneur must explore four basic issues: the motivation for starting the venture, the market being targeted, how capital will be raised, and what type of control is wanted. He then reviews the five basic legal structures and analyzes the advantages and disadvantages of each. Fruchterman has unique insight into legal structures, having started successful and unsuccessful for-profit and nonprofit ventures.
Corporate executives, entrepreneurs, environmentalists, and concerned citizens alike know that the key to solving business, environmental, and societal problems over the next generation rests on the success of green tech. But which green energy technologies will provide solutions to harness power from renewable, sustainable sources or reduce adverse human impact on the environment? Will solutions come from technologies such as solar, wind, and geothermal power, biofuels, and smart power grids, or hydrogen and electric vehicle propulsion? Join Clayton M. Christensen, Robert and Jane Cizik professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, and L. Hunter Lovins, president and founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions, for an interactive dialogue about the complex landscape of green tech investment, application, and implementation.