Archive for 'Social Entrepreneurship'
Posted on 11. Apr, 2012 by Andrew.
Earlier this year, I asked everyone working within the social innovation field why we were not spreading proven approaches faster. I also said that the answer lay in linking resources to performance. When we efficiently connect resources to the highest performing organizations, we can truly start to spread approaches that work. Today, I ask: How? [...]
Posted on 30. Jan, 2012 by Andrew.
Last week marked a milestone for social impact markets. Massachusetts became the first state in the U.S. to issue an RFR (Request for Response) for Social Impact Bonds or ‘Pay for Success’ contracts as dubbed in the RFR. While not as sexy a term as ‘Social Impact Bond’, ‘Pay for Success contract’ serves as a more appropriate title, as it orients government towards the need of allocating resources based on performance. This orientation towards linking resources to performance will in turn further solidify the infrastructure and tools for social impact markets. In the past few months, the concept of Social Impact Bonds or Pay for Success contracts has garnered an enormous amount of attention. While I have already written about Social Impact Bonds, and Root Cause has also hosted a forum featuring Kennedy School Professor Jeffrey Liebman – an advisor for the state – it is important to mark this milestone. It represents enormous change, and signifies the hope I have of being able to continue this momentum.
Posted on 27. Aug, 2009 by Andrew.
Next week I’ll be heading out to San Francisco to attend the SOCAP09 (Social Capital Markets) conference. This marks the 2nd year of the conference, and boy have they already made quite a splash! Last year, despite the recession, it was sold out. This year looks to be the same…and with a stellar line up [...]
Posted on 16. Jul, 2009 by Andrew.
It is early morning in Lisbon, Portugal, on day two of the Social Innovation eXchange (SIX) International Summer School on Social Innovation. The first day was quite inspiring and also eye opening for me. There are about 120 people here from 24 countries around the world, all of whom are advancing social innovation in their [...]
Posted on 12. Jun, 2009 by Andrew.
I am just returning from Madrid, Spain, where I attended a small convening of 40 people from around the world called the Future Trends Forum (FTF), hosted by the Bankinter Foundation of Innovation, a Spanish bank. Spain is yet another country (see my post on China) interested in advancing a social innovation agenda. There were [...]
Posted on 29. May, 2009 by Andrew.
I recently had an op-ed published in the Boston Business Journal entitled “Time for civic leadership.” In it, I call for the establishment of an Office of Social Innovation in Massachusetts. I believe that in order for us to advance a social innovation agenda, we will need to link federal initiatives to state-level activities. While [...]
Posted on 18. May, 2009 by Andrew.
Last week I was in Portland, Oregon where I joined Greg Dees, David Sawyer, Kim Alter and others to contribute to the Social Innovator Leadership Program led by Mercy Corps. We worked with a 20-person delegation made up of representatives of China’s public, private, and NGO sectors from the All-China Youth Federation. Besides the fact [...]
Posted on 07. May, 2009 by Andrew.
I received an email yesterday from America Forward, a strong partner in the area of government and social innovation. In the email they asked, “Can you hear the drumbeat?” They pointed to a variety of factors coming together simultaneously, beginning with the signing of the Serve America Act, that signify our government’s recognition of social [...]
Posted on 06. May, 2009 by Andrew.
I had an incredible day yesterday at the Accelerating Social Entrepreneurship Conference − thanks so much to all of you who contributed your suggestions for the use of the Social Innovation Fund called for in the Serve America Act. Hopefully this will be the start of a great dialogue. Nathaniel Whittemore, whom I had the [...]
Posted on 29. Apr, 2009 by Andrew.
Next Monday I will be back in D.C. to facilitate a discussion with the Corporation for National and Community Service at the Accelerating Social Entrepreneurship Conference. The session will focus on how the social innovation fund that was called for in the Serve America Act should be structured. While the funds have not yet been [...]