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10 Great Social Innovation Reads: June

By Nell Edgington



In our ongoing blog series, 10 Great Social Innovation Reads, below are my top 10 picks for the best reads in the world of social innovation in June.

What were your favorite reads this month? Add to the list in the comments.

  1. The SocialEarth blog argues that the staggering unemployment numbers for America’s youngest workers could be an opportunity for entrepreneurship.
  2. As IBM and the Carnegie Corporation both turn 100, Matthew Bishop from the Economist analyzes which has done more social good.
  3. The Philanthropy411 blog gives us an updated list of foundations and funder networks on Twitter.
  4. With the advent of greater tools for understanding social return on investment, Adin Miller asks the question: Do funders need exit plans when they determine a better SROI elsewhere?
  5. Lucy Bernholz makes a call for more transparent philanthropy.
  6. Sean Stannard-Stockton takes large foundations to task for not participating more actively in the Social Innovation Fund.
  7. “Perhaps a useful definition of visionary leadership is the ability to not be unduly swayed by the implied or expressed goals of those outside your own tent,” argues Craig Reigel on the Nonprofit Finance Fund blog.
  8. FastCompany provides a great list of what business, CSR and nonprofit leaders are reading this summer.
  9. The PhilanTopic blog gives a useful analysis of what the recently released GivingUSA 2011 data tells us about where giving is going. And Bob Ottenhoff from GuideStar gives his take.
  10. Curtis Chang argues that blaming the recession for a budget shortfall just isn’t going to cut it anymore.

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About the Author: Nell Edgington is President of Social Velocity (www.socialvelocity.net), a management consulting firm leading nonprofits to greater social impact and financial sustainability. Social Velocity helps nonprofits grow their programs, bring more money in the door, and use resources more effectively. For more information, check out Social Velocity consulting services and clients.


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