The Social Impact Exchange Blog

  • Katelyn Mack, FSG
    Posted: June 18, 2012

    In the philanthropic sector, scale is often used synonymously with replication. This is most common when talking about scaling organizations – and suggests that funders should invest in identifying effective nonprofit models and replicating those models in new places or with new populations in order to increase their impact on a social issue.

  • Laura Callanan, McKinsey & Company
    Posted: June 18, 2012

    It was a pleasure to chat with Jeff Liebman, Steve Goldberg, Paul Bernstein, and Cathy Clark about social impact bonds as part of the panel on "How to Scale Impact Through Social Impact Bonds" at last week's Social Impact Exchange Conference.

  • Lisa Hall, Calvert Foundation
    Posted: June 18, 2012

    Limits. We confront them on an individual and organizational level every day. They often obstruct our greatest dreams and aspirations. But, isn’t it true that limits are based on our perception of them? Evidence suggests that limits can be transcended with determination and imagination. Consider, for instance, the quintessential metaphor for limits: outer space.

  • Dana O’Donovan, Monitor Institute
    Posted: June 18, 2012

    The key themes of the 2012 Social Impact Exchange Conference were all about collaboration. Collective intelligence. Community solutions. Needle-moving collaborations. Collective impact. Much has been made of this new brand of collaboration and it was clear at the conference that many of us who spend our days (and nights) looking for ways to scale solutions to our most vexing social problems see enormous potential in this approach.

  • David C. Colby, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    Posted: June 14, 2012

    The Social Impact Exchange has an implicit model of scaling. Scaling is often discussed as replication of an intervention. That is understandable. Funders want something that is evidence-based and can be implemented without a mess. Other types of scaling, such as collective action, policy change, and systems change, are quite messy and take a long-term commitment.