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How Reframing A Problem Unlocks Innovation

Taking a different perspective can lead to stunning breakthroughs in any industry, writes Tina Seelig in InGenius.<p><i>Editors’ note: The following is an adapted excerpt of InGenius (Harper One) by Tina Seelig.</i><p>What is the sum of 5 plus 5?”<p>“What two numbers add up to 10?”<p>The first question has only one …

How Networked Insights Makes Sense Of Internet Chatter To Help Big Brands Create Better Ads

Networked Insights is one such company that helps clients, including Samsung, Revlon, and P&G, make sense of real-time social chatter happening …

Is Anyone In Your Life As Worthy Of Your Love As HBO Go? New Spots Say No

You may find yourself wondering after watching a series of new commercials for HBO GO. Created by BBDO New York and directed by Aaron Stoller of …

TV

Mid-Sized Businesses and Social Innovation: A Revealing View (SSIR)

Business with a purpose is a mantra moving through boardrooms, corner offices, human resources (HR) teams, and the nonprofit and philanthropic …

Employee Engagement

How Do We Balance Measuring Outcomes with Measuring to Learn and Improve? (#SM_RE)

On April 25, 2013, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) will host a national convening of leaders from 11 foundations, as well as experts in …

Measuring to Improve vs. Improving Measurement (SSIR)

Measurement was once again a hot topic at this year’s Skoll Forum; with seven measurement-related sessions over three days, it eclipsed other …

Scale Readiness: A Checklist (SSIR)

Scaling is critical to any nonprofit looking to increase impact—but of course, it is easier said than done. In addition to gaining board engagement …

Nonprofits

Bringing Apprenticeships Back for Students

May 7, 2013<p><b>OLD SCHOOL, NEW SCHOOL:</b> All the bad buzz about high tuitions and higher unemployment rates are putting the spotlight back on vocational …

Innovate and Scale: A Tough Balancing Act (SSIR)

SUPPLEMENT TO <i>SSIR</i> FUNDED BY THE ROCKEFELLER FOUNDATION<p>The term social innovation captures our collective desires to find novel solutions to …

Social Innovation Creates Prosperous Societies (SSIR)

SUPPLEMENT TO <i>SSIR</i> FUNDED BY THE ROCKEFELLER FOUNDATION<p>Rarely has the need for new ways of thinking been more glaring. From the sluggish economic …

Innovation

Impact Investing: New Enterprises and Collaborations (SSIR)

Last week, impact investors and social entrepreneurs gathered from around the country in San Francisco, Calif., for Investors’ Circle—an early-stage …

Impact Investing

Donor Collaborations: Size Matters Less Than You Think (SSIR)

The recent <i>Stanford Social Innovation Review</i> article “High Stakes Donor Collaborations” is important in describing how donors can come together around …

Nonprofits

Fantasy Deathmatch: “Game Of Thrones” Vs. “Lord Of The Rings” As Decided By George R.R. Martin

Winter is coming… to Middle Earth, apparently.<p>Fans of the horrifically gory, boobs-filled HBO fantasy series <i>Game of Thrones</i>, and the series of books it was based on tend to have an opinion about the <i>Lord of the Rings</i> trilogy too. They either see it as a seminal work in pop culture history that paved …

Head of the Class: Co.Create’s Top Master Classes of 2012

The Master Class series at Co.Create began earlier this year with a simple mandate: creative people at the top of their given field doling out actionable lessons on how to do what they do. While this goal was followed to the letter, over the course of 2012, the series also evolved.<p>Prototypical …

Social enterprises lead the way in market innovation

While social enterprises often don't have the same money or resource as mainstream companies, they are regularly innovating in different sectors and markets. Usually through creating something more ethical and socially sustainable and sometimes because their product or service also fills a gap and …

Design Thinking for Evaluation and Learning (SSIR)

“We’ve done evaluations before, but the results weren’t that useful or interesting.”<p>“I barely have time to get to all the things on my to-do list, …

Design

The Top 5 Environmental Issues Humanity Should Be Thinking About in 2013

<i>Image via Shutterstock</i><p>Like too many fruit flies in a bottle, there are now so many humans on this finite planet that we are changing our environment …

28 Crowdfunded Social Innovations

This Social Business top list of crowdfunded social innovations is giving the popular funding platform Kickstarter a run for its money. If you're …