Things are definitely happening. While our country is struggling to address the largest financial crisis since the Great Depression, to elect a new President, and so on, new ideas in the social sector are building momentum. Here are just a few examples from the past week of a growing movement: The SoCap 2008 (Social Capital […]
As I mentioned in my last post, in the past few years there has been a dramatic increase in the number of gatherings and conferences for those interested in social innovation. Here is just a sample of some of the most interesting conferences bringing together people working on and thinking about social entrepreneurship, social enterprise, […]
The economic uncertainty is starting to hit the nonprofit sector. Some foundations are already talking about how, given the devaluation of financial assets, grants will be smaller in number and size in the coming year. And wealthy individuals, suffering similar financial hits, will likely restrict their giving. At the same time, the need for the […]
These past months have been frightening, with new banks crumbling every week and the government weighing the merits of a $700 billion bailout. The economy is reeling with tremendous uncertainty. I can see the nonprofit sector, which is often hit hardest and longest by any economic downturn, holding its collective breath, unsure what all of […]
Jim Collins, author of a pivotal business text Good to Great (about what differentiates companies that just survive from those that thrive and become great), wrote a short monograph on the social sector a few years ago called Good to Great and the Social Sectors. If you haven’t already read it, I highly recommend it. […]
At the forefront of the movement for bringing new ideas to bear on the social sector is America Forward. Launched earlier this year by New Profit, a 10-year old venture philanthropy fund in Boston, America Forward seeks to make the social and the government sectors work more closely together. America Forward is a coalition of […]
In recent months there has been an increasing call among writers and thinkers in the social sector for growth capital in the nonprofit sector. In the for-profit sector, successful businesses reach a point at which they need significant investment capital (separate from operating revenue) to grow their business to the next level. Successful nonprofits have […]
Welcome to the Social Velocity blog. Here I’ll be writing about what is going on throughout our region, country and world in social innovation. The field, concepts and terms are being defined so it is an exciting time.