Social Innovation Optimism

Identifying the social innovation tools and trends that hold the key to transformative impact in the future

2013-07-18_co.exist_logoNew Profit’s leadership team has been advancing an argument about the best pathways to scale for great social innovations, based on New Profit Managing Partner Kim Syman’s “7 Reasons for Social Innovation Optimism” series in Fast Company. We believe that while great progress has been made against some of America’s biggest challenges – education, early childhood development, economic empowerment and public health – we must innovate relentlessly to reach full-scale impact and meet the needs that exist among millions of our fellow citizens. For any of this to work, we must also invest more innovation energy in approaches that empower beneficiaries themselves to take control.

Read the whole series to-date here:

 Fast Company, Co.EXIST, Part 1: “7 Reasons for Social Innovation“
Fast Company, Co.EXIST, Part 1: “7 Reasons for Social Innovation“, The ability of organizations to create real impact—through things like data, smarter growth, and empowering of constituents—is growing every day.

 
 Fast Company, Co.EXIST, Part 2: “Don't Grow For Growth's Sake: Smart Growth For Social Enterprises
Fast Company, Co.EXIST, Part 2: “Don’t Grow For Growth’s Sake: Smart Growth For Social Enterprises”, Bigger organizations might seem like they’ll be able to create more change, but how you get bigger is the real question.

 
 Fast Company, Co.EXIST, Part 3: “The Power Of Data To Create Powerful Change
Fast Company, Co.EXIST, Part 3: “The Power Of Data To Create Powerful Change”, Hard numbers can be hard to come by for some social innovators, but used the right way, they can help magnify the work.

 
 Fast Company, Co.EXIST, Part 4: “What We Mean When We Talk About Empowerment
Fast Company, Co.EXIST, Part 4: “What We Mean When We Talk About Empowerment”, Every social enterprise wants to give more agency to the people it helps. But what does that actually mean?