Social Innovator

14 Mar 2010

This new site (as of March 2010) aims “to bring together the people, experience and issues involved in designing, developing and growing new ideas that meet pressing unmet needs.”

The material on Social Innovator “is intended to guide and support the practice of all those who can contribute to this social economy: policy‚Äźmakers who can help to create the right conditions; foundations and philanthropists who can fund and support; social organisations trying to meet needs more effectively; and of course entrepreneurs and innovators themselves.

“The project is a collaboration between the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) and the Young Foundation – two organisations that are committed to the role that social innovation can play in building the new social economy.

“Social Innovator is now being hosted by the Social Innovation eXchange or SIX – a global community of over 700 individuals and organisations committed to promoting social innovation and growing the capacity of the field.

“We are aiming to survey and distil knowledge about the methods in use in the field, and drawing on practitioners and researchers in the UK and internationally through the global SIX community.

“New methods and learning will be added to this site, as well as published periodically in book form.

“You can find ways to work with the project under Contribute, browse or print off individual methods in the directory, or help us build a review of the literature in the field in our Reading Room.”


books I've read on failure & grace

The World Without Us
The Last Oil Shock: A Survival Guide to the Imminent Extinction of Petroleum Man
A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster
Hell and High Water: Global Warming--the Solution and the Politics--and What We Should Do
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
The Tipping Point
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time
The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization
Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail
The Little Ice Age: How Climate Made History, 1300-1850
Confessions of an Eco-Sinner: Tracking Down the Sources of My Stuff
Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World

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