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Innovation inertia in the Social Sector

Posted by Colin Dickinson on Aug 19, 2011 10:00:00 AM

I read a very interesting article recently entitled “Taking on Failure - and Innovation - in the Social Sector” on the Harvard Business Review Blog. Erica Williams (@ericawilliamsdc) hits the nail on the head when she outlines the difficulties facing non-profit organizations as they balance trying to be innovative, like companies in the for-profit sector (Apple & Google come to mind), while mitigating the risk to donor or federal funds. For example, when an organization’s mandate is to provide shelter for the homeless or community support services, risking those funds on innovative ideas,  new processes or anything outside of the status quo, can be a step too far for some. 

But is that the RIGHT answer?  There ARE ways to innovate in the social sector, and Ms. Williams outlines 3 of them to help your organization chart a more innovative course towards developing new ideas and making your work more impactful, creative and efficient.  It’s a great read!

Click here ( )  to read the article

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This Post Was Written By Colin Dickinson
Colin Dickinson is the CEO and managing partner at Sparkrock. Given his business and accounting knowledge, Colin provides valuable insight as well as strong comprehension as to how Sparkrock can help organizations address their individual business challenges. He is passionate about the non-profit community and regularly contributes to local youth based non-profits by volunteering his time and fundraising.
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