Blogs tagged with Collaboration

  • Julia Power Burns, the Solutions Journalism Network, Inc.
    Posted: July 23, 2013

    The theme of this year’s Social Impact Exchange Conference, held in June in New York City, was “Increasing Impact Through 3-Sector Collaboration – Philanthropy, Business and Government.” It is clear from this and other recent conferences that effective scaling of social innovation works best when these three sectors come together. However, a critical fourth “sector” is needed – the historic “fourth estate,” or the media. An independent press has always been democracy’s distribution channel. This is equally true in the social sector.

    Throughout the conference, I was struck by the contributions the media could make to the dialogue unfolding around me. The classic role of the media is to uncover the truth, to comfort the afflicted. One way the media can do this in the social sector is to highlight challenges and obstacles to progress. I work at the Solutions Journalism Network, where our mission is to look at the whole story: rigorous and compelling reporting about responses to social problems.

  • Lauren Earley and Sonja Schut, Arabella Advisors
    Posted: July 17, 2013

    This post originally appeared on The Greater Good, Arabella Advisor's blog. It is reposted with permission.

    Recently, we attended Social Impact Exchange’s 2013 Conference on Scaling Impact. As the name implies, the conference focused on how philanthropy can better address crucial challenges at the magnitude needed to make a real difference in the lives of millions. In addition to introducing several exemplary models for solving social problems and providing practical advice on how to scale, an important theme ran throughout the presentations and panels: funders have a unique role to play in scaling solutions to the levels necessary for lasting impact. Specifically, funders are best positioned to take risks that lead to innovation, help advance proven models, and anchor cross-sector collaboration.

  • Cynthia W. Massarsky, Social Impact Exchange at Growth Philanthropy Network
    Posted: July 11, 2013

    Jim Canales is president and CEO of The James Irvine Foundation. Since his appointment in 2003, the Foundation has taken a more targeted approach in its grantmaking programs, focusing its resources in three areas – Arts, California Democracy, and Youth. In 2010, Canales was appointed to the newly created White House Council for Community Solutions. He also serves on the boards of Stanford University, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and the College Access Foundation of California. Cynthia Massarsky spoke with Jim after his keynote at the Social Impact Exchange Conference in June about his call to philanthropy to “step up” in the face of failure and risk.

  • Suzanne Smith, Social Impact Architects
    Posted: June 24, 2013

    This post originally appeared on the Social Impact Architects blog, Social TrendSpotter.

    The Social Impact Exchange held its Annual Conference on Scaling Impact in New York City last week, with all due fanfare. The Conference opened with the business plan competition on Monday and ended Thursday. It is a unique cross-disciplinary event where over 400 foundations, philanthropists and philanthropy advisors (as well as other stakeholders) convene to discuss the latest ideas and trends. The Conference focuses entirely on innovative methods to support scaling and replication of high-impact nonprofit initiatives. Since Social TrendSpotter is releasing this blog a day late (Friday versus Thursday) and are LIVE in NYC, we thought we’d cover the highlights of this conference Broadway-style:

  • Amy Dominguez-Arms, The James Irvine Foundation
    Posted: June 20, 2013

    I was re-inspired by my fellow panelists and other speakers at the Social Impact Exchange Conference this week about the many ways philanthropy can contribute to social good. At the same time, I was struck by the complexities involved in how we select and exercise different roles.

    During our panel discussion on “When is Philanthropy (Ir) Relevant?” Sam Karp of the California HealthCare Foundation described his foundation’s leadership of an eleven-state, cross-sector collaborative to develop a standardized user-friendly interface for health care enrollment connected to implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Sharon Alpert of the Surdna Foundation talked about Surdna’s work to support and network city officials across the country and others dedicated to implementing sustainability strategies. And, at the opening luncheon on Wednesday, Rip Rapson shared the Kresge Foundation’s impressive multi-faceted effort to reinvigorate Detroit’s economy. In each case, funders had identified an opportunity to tackle a critical issue by pulling together creative cross-sector partnerships.