Tag Archives: what works
Posted on 10. Dec, 2009 by Andrew.
As I mentioned in a recent post, Root Cause’s Public Innovators initiative recently hosted an event at the Capitol called Advancing Social Innovation in Government: Investing in Community Solutions. We hosted the event because we wanted to broaden the conversation and educate people in the federal government about the importance of social innovation. We were […]
Posted on 14. Nov, 2009 by Andrew.
Thanks for your comments; it’s clear that you are very passionate about the state of education in Washington, D.C. I welcome this kind of dialogue on the blog, and am glad that you have contributed. While I absolutely hear your points, I remain committed to my claim that Ms. Rhee is a public innovator. The […]
Posted on 12. Nov, 2009 by Andrew.
As many of you know, one of my main focuses at the moment is on enabling government to become more actively engaged with on-the-ground, community-based solutions. So from time to time on this blog I plan to highlight what I call public innovators – those who work at the city, state or federal levels of […]
Posted on 30. Oct, 2009 by Andrew.
One of the most exciting examples of government applying the principles of social innovation for accelerated social impact is the U.S. Department of Education’s (DOE) Investing in Innovation, or i3, Fund (formerly known as the “What Works” fund). As the name suggests, the fund exists to identify and “support local efforts to start or expand […]
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 17. Apr, 2009 by Andrew.
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 […]
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 03. Mar, 2009 by Andrew.
Good news: The Aspen Institute will host a series of gatherings to help the soon-to-be-established White House Office of Social Innovation engage in discussion about how best to proceed. This is a testament to Jane Wales, the Director of the Aspen Institute’s Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation. Aspen has always been a great convener, […]
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 […]