Tag Archives: Social Innovation
Posted on 19. Aug, 2010 by Andrew.
With the establishment of the White House Office of Social Innovation, the announcement of the Social Innovation Fund awardees earlier this summer, and last week’s article on social innovation in the Economist, social innovation is now officially the hot term of the day – so hot that there is a danger that it will end [...]
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 10. Jul, 2009 by Andrew.
Over on the Tactical Philanthropy blog, Sean Stannard-Stockton has provided some great arguments in support of the Social Innovation Fund. I’d like to add in a few additional thoughts and concerns of my own: First, we have to be careful not to get too caught up in the dollars − because in reality, $50 million (or [...]
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 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 24. Apr, 2009 by Andrew.
I am back in D.C. today to work with one of our clients, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. A team from Root Cause is supporting the development of their strategic business plan. Charter schools are getting quite a bit of attention these days, with support from both President Obama and Arne Duncan, the [...]
Posted on 01. Apr, 2009 by Andrew.
While visiting D.C., I had dinner last Thursday evening with Brooke Smith, who heads up the Office of Social Entrepreneurship in Louisiana, David Marin and Paul Braithwaite from the government relations firm The Podesta Group, and Flozell Daniels, the Executive Director of the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation. During dinner, Flozell stated: “Over 90% of African [...]
Posted on 27. Mar, 2009 by Andrew.
The Serve America Act passed 78-20 in the Senate yesterday! In addition to the importance of the social innovation funds remaining in the legislation, the expansion of opportunities for Americans of all ages and backgrounds to participate in national service is critical. This expansion is key not only as a policy on its own, but [...]
Posted on 26. Feb, 2009 by Andrew.
Phoenix Project’s Greg Werkheiser and I made our way through the various halls of the Capitol, passing office after office of senators and members of Congress with name plaques on the doors − Kerry, Collins, Frank, Cao, Barton − to arrive at our next stop, Representative Jim Moran. We met with his Legislative Director, Tim [...]
Posted on 20. Feb, 2009 by Andrew.
As the Obama Administration gets ready to launch an Office of Social Innovation, it will be equally important to introduce members of the U.S. House and Senate to the importance of investing in what works. I have had the pleasure of working with Greg Werkheiser, the founder and Executive Director of the Phoenix Project, for [...]