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  • If there ever was a book whose philosophy and principles could push Memphis forward, it would be Stephen Goldsmith's The Power of Social Innovation
    - Andre Fowlkes, The Commercial Appeal, April 24, 2011
  • This book is a sort of bible of social innovation... It sets out both the potential of the partnership approach and the huge difficulties it will have to overcome.
    - The Economist, August 12, 2010
  • Stephen Goldsmith is the right man to write this book.
    - Perla Ni, Philanthropy, July 1, 2010
  • When it comes to doing good, Stephen Goldsmith is as disruptive an innovator as we've seen.
    - Clayton M. Christensen, professor, Harvard Business School and author, Disrupting Class
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portrait The Power of
Social Innovation
is an initiative of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School. Stephen Goldsmith provides a framework that will guide and encourage government, nonprofit and private sector practitioners to rethink how their communities address today’s toughest public problems. Based on conversations with some 100 innovators from across all sectors, The Power of Social Innovation is full of inspiring and illustrative case studies and common sense strategies for transforming social service delivery.

Stephen Goldsmith

Stephen Goldsmith is the Daniel Paul Professor of Government and the Director of the Innovations in Government Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Goldsmith occupies the unique position of having approached issues of social innovation as a national leader across sectors—including government, for-profit corporations providing public services, and major nonprofit and philanthropic organizations… more

(Cambridge, MA)

The Innovations in Government program hosts a seminar with the 2011 Innovations in American Government Award finalist Boston Teach Residency. Read more here>>

(Cambridge, MA)

The Ash Center's Innovations in Government program hosts David Osborne for a seminar titled "Creating an Organization in Which Innovation is the Norm, Not the Exception." Join us if you are in the Cambridge/Boston area! more information here>>

(Nashville, TN)

Stephen Goldsmith will be speaking at Nashville's Entrepreneur Center on enabling local social innovation and social enterprise. More information here

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The Commercial Appeal

Andre Fowlkes explores the availability of "risk capital" for social innovation in Memphis. Read "Why not a 'venture fund' to support community initiatives?" here>>

Indy Star

Stephen Goldsmith is interviewed by Ryan Streeter for a column on the late James Q Wilson. Read Wilsonian influence on Indy

Lipscomb University

Lipscomb University reports on Stephen Goldsmith's remarks to students and to the Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership in Nashville. Read more>>

Edelman Trust Barometer

Stephen Goldsmith discusses the power of a government-NGO partnership. Watch more here>>

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