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Posted by: Celeste Faaiuaso on 11/17/2014

Imagine a boat navigating a vast sea. How would that boat most efficiently reach its destination? By finding the areas with smooth current and avoiding those areas with rough waters. The same logic applies to a concept discussed in both “Strategic Philanthropy for a Complex World” which appeared in the spring issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review and in a Stanford Social Innovation Review webinar this fall – working the attractors. When thinking about working the attractors, just imagine a boat navigating a vast sea, where the smooth currents are positive attractors and the turbulent areas are negative attractors. In the social sector, attractors may take on many forms. For example, an attractor could be a foundation, policy, social movement, innovative technology, pivotal event, or even a person.

Posted by: Diana Esposito on 11/5/2014

On Friday, October 31, I had the honor of participating in an intimate roundtable discussion about women and the economy with President Obama at the Rhode Island College (RIC) campus in Providence RI. This closed-door conversation included President Obama, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez, Senior Advisor to the President and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, Valerie Jarrett, 2 women entrepreneurs, a RIC junior, the president of RIC, a speech pathologist/new mom and myself. The conversation preceded the President’s remarks focusing on women and the economy.

Posted by: Srik Gopal on 10/27/2014

My colleagues at FSG and I have extensively written and spoken about acknowledging the importance of complexity when it comes to social change, whether in collective impact, strategic philanthropy, or evaluation.  I have personally used the below graphic, an idea originally developed by Brenda Zimmerman and others, dozens of times in talks, presentations, and meetings to help folks wrap their minds around the idea of complexity. I would often see the notion of complexity “clicking” for audiences, especially when I used the example of “raising a child.”

Posted by: Rebecca Graves on 8/6/2014
Pride Foundation is the largest LGBTQ community foundation in North America and a Northwest leader in the pursuit of equality for the LGBTQ community.

In November of 2012, Washington state voted to legalize same-sex marriage through a ballot referendum. One year prior, after thoughtful deliberation by the board on whether and how Pride Foundation should engage in advocacy, the community foundation took action and played many roles to support a victory for marriage equality at the ballot box. At an important moment in time, they stepped out and led a statewide public education campaign - mobilizing donors to make contributions; engaging donors as messengers; helping volunteers bring friends, family and colleagues together; and serving as a resource to appropriately connect individuals to the political work and/or the education campaign.

Posted by: Veronica Borgonovi on 7/22/2014

What does rock climbing have to do with social change?

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