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A Monster List of Social Innovation Books, Blogs, Conferences, Funders

By Nell Edgington



Since today is Halloween, I thought I’d offer a monster list of resources for nonprofit leaders, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, board members and others involved in creating social change.

The following list comes from the Resources page of the Social Velocity web site. The page includes social innovation conferences, organizations, funders, blogs, books and other things that anyone involved in the social change space should be aware of. It could be a starting point or an ongoing exploration of what’s going on in the space.

We are constantly adding to the Resources page, so if we are missing something, let us know in the comments.

Organizations Moving Social Innovation Forward

Funders

Conferences

Philanthropic Thought Leaders

 

Things to Read

Blogs

Financing Impact

Using Social Media

Being Strategic

Finding Inspiration

Growing Solutions

Leading Well

 

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12 Comments to A Monster List of Social Innovation Books, Blogs, Conferences, Funders

Ian Fisk
November 1, 2011

Good list. FYI — I *Love* the Unreasonable Institute, but they’re not funders. Perhaps you should have a category for incubators / accelerators. If you do, please include my organization — the William James Foundation.

Either way, you might want to check out our list of conferences (www.williamjamesfoundation.org/conferences) and sustainable business plan competitions (www.williamjamesfoundation.org/competitions).

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Nell Edgington
November 2, 2011

Ian,

That’s a really good point. I struggled with the whole “funders” category, it’s really more of a funders and supporters and ecosystem builders category. And thanks for pointing me to your list of conferences and competitions. We’ll mine that for additions to our list. Thanks so much!

neetal
November 2, 2011

A great list, thanks for sharing. Innov8Social is a blog exploring social innovation.

Here are a few posts that you may find useful:
50+ Fellowship Programs for Social Innovators

Start-Up Accelerator and Incubator Programs for Social Entrepreneurs

Nell Edgington
November 2, 2011

Neetal, thanks so much for those additional resources, they’re great!

Matt Nash
November 4, 2011

Don’t forget the very important work done by the academic research centers, such as the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE at Duke, http://www.CASEatDuke.org ), founded by pioneering social entrepreneurship thought leader Prof. Greg Dees, previously the co-founder of the Center for Social Innovation at Sanford and contributor to the launch of the Social Enterprise Initiative at Harvard. The Skoll Centre at Oxford has been a major player. Initiatives at Yale and Nothwestern (Kellogg) and Berkley (Haas) have also been around for a while now. In the past five years, centers have been launched at NYU, Babson, the University of Maryland, Tulane, and many others. For example, see the Ashoka U “Changemaker Campus Consortium” at http://ashokau.org/changemaker-campus/

Finally, consider adding the Social Impact Exchange national conference and community of interest, the largest annual conference focused on scaling social impact http://www.socialimpactexchange.org/

Nell Edgington
November 4, 2011

Thanks Matt. These are all great points. We’ll add them to the Resources page. Thanks!

Joanne Fritz
November 6, 2011

What a wonderful list! Thanks for including me among the blogs too. I especially like your list of conferences…I lose track of them…so many.

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luich
February 9, 2012

I think you did a lovely job,it’s really good job.

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