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Posted by: Chad Bolick on 4/1/2015

This article was originally published in DevexImpact, as a part of the #FutureINGO series.

Bricolage, or tinkering in French, is an increasingly common term in social innovation circles, particularly in resource-constrained environments in which taking advantage of available ideas and frameworks is the de facto recipe for innovation. And what social innovator driven by a desire to create change doesn’t like to tinker?

Posted by: FSG on 3/2/2015

By Ahmed Irfan and Johan Thuard

Social enterprise or market-based solutions –businesses that engage the poor either as customers or suppliers - have been among the most exciting trends in the development space. Yet, a recent study of 439 market-based solutions in Africa found that a mere 13% of them had achieved significant scale (Monitor Group, From Blueprint to Scale: The Case for Philanthropy in Impact Investing). What can and should we be doing to help these innovative models achieve scale? What more could funders, government and impact investors be doing and what is holding them back? These were the questions at the heart of a recent panel discussion in Mumbai, co-hosted by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and FSG.

Posted by: Valerie Bockstette on 1/12/2015

Since the release of Strategic Philanthropy for a Complex World, we've heard from so many of you about the ways in which you've been practicing emergent strategy. In the spirit of peer learning and in the early days of a brave new year, we thought this was an opportune moment to share some practical resolutions so we can all ensure we are being emergent this year. Please add your own resolutions to this list so we can co-create an even better one.

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.

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