Yesterday morning was an amazing day for advancing social innovation. Never before have I seen the worlds of social innovation and government so fused together. In my opening remarks when introducing LA Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu at our armchair keynote at the Social Enterprise Summit, I spoke about how confident I was that fusing these two worlds together is the better mousetrap. Why?
Because our work is only really scratching the surface of the change I believe we all want to see. A successful program at scale only touches a small portion of the problem. Government has access to all the systems, makes the laws, and provides most of the money − $1 trillion a year by some estimates − compared to foundations and individuals who give a combined $175 billion.
The Lt. Governor led us through not only his journey of starting the Louisiana Office of Social Entrepreneurship, but also provided us with amazing insight for how we can more strategically work with government − all by starting with telling our stories in ways that showcase we have models that work. Look for the video and podcast of the session soon…
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