Social Innovation

Toward a Better Definition of Innovation

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In innovation, the process equals New Value Creation. This process of creation is non-linear, even iterative, insights-based, and way-finding, a process of discovery, not optimization. Sometimes, it can be like playing the children’s game Chutes and Ladders...

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(Lack of) Innovation at Non-Profits

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Through the Southern Growth Studio, I have the great honor to work with non-profits. Big ones. Growing ones. And ones on the verge of collapse. There is an odd tendency for almost all of these organizations to respond to innovations in the same way; they...

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Culture Knocks Out Strategy

Many companies have a huge gap between their culture and strategy — a problem that only gets bigger in larger companies, especially when they are in transition. Management at all of these companies have a common reflex: Scream louder about goals and policies as the gap between culture and strategy widens.

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Triumph of the Innovation Economy – Part 6

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Over the last two and half centuries, innovation has changed human life more dramatically than in all of the previous millennia. But some are now asking if the world’s great innovation engine has broken down. Has America lost its innovation power?

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Einsteins from Anywhere

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An estimated 250 million children around the world cannot read, write, or demonstrate basic arithmetic skills. Many of these children are in developing countries without regular access to quality schools or teachers. While programs exist to build schools and train teachers, traditional models of education are not able to scale fast enough to meet demand. We simply cannot build enough schools or train enough teachers to meet the need.

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