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Weekly News Alert: Social Impact, Donor Appeal, Best Practices and Best Models


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On Social Impact and Investment... read more »

  • A new initiative, Social Impact Exchange, from Growth Philanthropy Network and Duke University has been launched.  Social Impact Exchange is a “focal point for studying, funding and implementing large expansions of proven social purpose organizations.”  It offers an “investment clearinghouse” of the most effective nonprofit organizations.  Sean Stannard-Stockton, of Tactical Philanthropy, comments on the Clearinghouse and how it is similar to the stock exchange; the most relevant aspect of the stock market which also applies to philanthropy, he says, is that the stock market has certain ongoing requirements that organizations must adhere to.

Weekly News Alert: Learning, Innovation, Diversity and Technology


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On Learning, Networks and Communities of Practice... read more »

  • Nancy White of Full Circle Associates asks for feedback on her proposed idea of ‘triangulation.’  She defines triangulation as “a practitioner’s experience using external networks to leverage learning and outcomes within organizations and institutions.”  She explores such themes as collaboration, community and technology.
  • A paper, Communities of practice: Linking knowledge, policy and practice was recently published by Overseas Development Institute.  The paper focuses on basic characteristics of communities of practice and explains their growing importance (especially in international development).  It also suggests ways that organizations can implement and support their own communities of practice.

Weekly News Alert: Nonprofits, Social Capital, "Minnovation," and the Corporate World


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On Nonprofits, Values, and Building Social Capital... read more »

  • According to Sean Stannard-Stockton of Tactical Philanthropy, trust is a necessary component in building social capital in philanthropy.  He cites a Forbes article that argues that trust (in its broadest definition) is responsible for the difference between the richest countries and the poorest, demonstrating the value and utility of trust.  Although philanthropy is, at times, a dysfunctional system, trust is still a vital and necessary component of making it work.

Weekly News Alert: Networks, Leadership, Social Investing and Innovation


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  • Beth Kanter writes about the power of networks and how they create social change.  Specifically, she touches on such issues as opened vs. closed networks, the different purposes of networking and network vibrancy (“things you don’t expect to happen take hold”).
  • According to the nupolis blog, our use of networks and networking is still in the beginning stages, but it has the potential to be a big movement.  Networks have the potential to reduce costs and increase effectiveness of organizations, promote advocacy, facilitate integrated place-based development and improve the effectiveness of grantmaking.  There are few organizations who have determined that network building (as a strategy) is crucial and should be funded, but that number is growing and corresponds with the idea that organizations should concentrate on maximizing the number of resources they have at their disposal.

Weekly News Alert: 10/12/09 - 10/19/09


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On the Internet, Civic Engagement and the Future of Philanthropy read more »

  • Many people hoped that the Internet would change the dynamic of civic engagement in the sense that the Internet would act as a kind of socioeconomic equalizer.  Unfortunately, a study by Pew Internet & American Life Project found that those who are actively involved in online civic engagement mirror those who are involved in offline civic engagement (namely, the well-to-do and well-educated).  There are some hints, though, that social media – especially blogging – could alter this pattern.

Weekly News Alert: 9/10/09 - 9/17/09


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On Change... read more »

  • Seth Godin publishes a controversial post deriding non-profits for being resistant to change.  He argues that non-profits cannot use a lack of resources as an excuse because opportunities online are free or relatively inexpensive.  So, the only reason nonprofits do not embrace change, he says, is because they are not willing to give up “total control and bureaucracy.”  The Buzz Bin (among many others) publishes a post responding to Seth Godin, countering many of his points.

What About Creativity?

Donna and Cynthia build models by eekim on Flickr

A former LLC Board Member recently mentioned that she was going to be teaching a course this semester on Leadership and Art. read more »

Let's Stand Up For Creativity in 2008 (and beyond)

To the Presidents and Deans of America's Arts, Theater, Design, Engineering, Science, and Journalism Schools: In one year we'll be asked to choose a President, 34 Senators, all 435 Congressmen, 11 governors, and thousands of state and local officials. Do you know of any candidate, at any level, that has a platform on creativity, the arts or innovation? Neither do I. read more »

Tom Tresser - The Creativity Imperative PDF file [download] [more info]

This is my personal manifesto laying out the argument for creativity as a national value and as a trigger for civic engagement and a driver of public policy.

Authors: Tom Tresser

Subjects: innovation, creativity, public policy, national priority, values

01/29/2008 - 01:00 - 0 comments - 1 attachment - Posted by tomtee

Leadership innovation and the role of evaluation


What is the role of evaluation in the process of leadership innovation? This is a question we discussed recently at a Boston Circle gathering. Debbie Frieze shared Berkana’s theory of change that starts with a premise that local leadership is a powerful force for innovation and change. Experimentation with new ideas and processes happens at the local level where leaders are responding to the conditions they face. They actively seek alternatives to “business as usual.” Innovation often inspires resistance because people are not easily able to let go of the old to make room for the new.  read more »

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