I’ve posted a couple of times before (here and here) lists of things in the world of social innovation that got me thinking. I’ve decided to make such a list a regular monthly feature of the Social Velocity blog because there is just so much great stuff out there. And I always love to be […]
Note: This post is the first in the ongoing blog series, Financing Not Fundraising. For more on the Financing Not Fundraising approach, view the Financing Not Fundraising book series and the Financing Not Fundraising webinar series. I’d like to outline a new vision for how the nonprofit sector gets funded. Fundraising in its current form just doesn’t […]
Innovation often comes from chaos and crisis. In this month’s The Atlantic magazine, Richard Florida, author of The Rise of the Creative Class and director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, wrote an interesting prediction of how the recession will change the landscape of American cities. He […]
The struggles and challenges nonprofits face all come down to one key problem: a misalignment of mission, money and core competencies. For any organization three things must be aligned: 1) their mission, or reason for existing 2) their core competencies–what they do better than anyone else in the world, and 3) their resource engine–all the ways […]
This is RISE week in Austin. RISE (Relationship and Information Series for Entrepreneurs) was started by the Sosa crew–Roy and Bertrand Sosa (brothers) and Roy’s wife Suzi. The brothers immigrated from Mexico in 1986 and started a company called NetSpend, selling prepaid credit cards to recent immigrants. Netspend went on to be very successful, and […]
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 […]
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.