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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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Events

Recent Events

(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

(Online)

Next webinar in the Power of Social Innovation series: Unlikeliest of Partnerships? LAPD and LA Urban League’s Neighborhood-based Approach to Fighting Crime in central Los Angeles. HKS Professor Christopher Stone, LA Urban League CEO Blair Taylor and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck will examine the Los Angeles Urban League’s Neighborhoods@Work, a 3-year old initiative that has contributed to a significant drop in homicides in the Park Mesa Heights neighborhood in central Los Angeles.

(Online)

Next webinar in our Power of Social Innovation series: Building a Culture of Innovation in Public Schools: An Example from New York City. This webinar will explore NYC Department of Education’s iZone, a unique community of innovative schools committed to personalizing learning, featuring Stacey Gillett, Chief of Staff at the NYC Department of Education Office of Innovation, Chrystina Russell, Principal at Global Tech Prep (a school participating in iZone pilot), and Elizabeth City, Lecturer at Harvard Graduate School of Education and Executive Director of its new three-year, practice-based doctoral program to prepare students to be leaders in education reform.

(New York City)

Stephen Goldsmith gave the opening keynote at the Social Impact Exchange's 2011 Conference on Scaling Impact. Watch a video of his remarks here

(Online)

Join our next webinar: The Power of Networks and Technology in Human Services Case Management featuring Kathleen Feely of the Annie E Casey Foundation, Bruce Kamradt of Wraparound Milwaukee, and Maurice Miller of Family Independence Initiative. Moderated by Harvard Kennedy School professor Julie Boatright Wilson. Details and registration here.

(Online)

Next Webinar in the Power of Social Innovation series. Social Innovation as Economic Development: How to Incubate and Grow Social Enterprises in Your Community featuring Christopher Gergen, Co-founder and Executive Director of Bull City Forward, an enterprise accelerator in Durham, NC, and Bo Menkiti, Founder and CEO of The Menkiti Group, a social enterprise in Washington, DC. Anthony Williams, former Mayor of Washington, D.C. and William H. Bloomberg Lecturer in Public Management a Harvard Kennedy School will moderate. Find more details and register here

(Online)

Next Webinar in the Power of Social Innovation series. School Reform in Detroit: Critical Lessons in Building Community Support featuring Johnathon Matthews, Principal, Cody Academy of Public Leadership, Michael Tenbusch, Vice President, United Way of Southeastern Michigan, and Archon Fung, Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship at Harvard Kennedy School. See details and register here

(Online)

Webinar, New Pipelines for Social Innovation featuring Jim Balfanz, President of City Year, and Jim Emerman, Executive Vice President of Civic Ventures. Moderated by Stephen Goldsmith, Deputy Mayor of New York City. Find more information and register (free) here

(Online)

Webinar on Replicating the Fresh Food Financing Initiative. Featuring John Weidman, Deputy Executive Director, The Food Trust, and Rep. Dwight Evans, Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Find out more and register (free) here.

(Cambridge, MA)

Ash Summer Fellow Tai Sunnanon brought together contributing author Gigi Georges and local innovators for a panel at the Center for Public Leadership. Read more about "Social Entrepreneurship: From Innovative Ideas to Sustainable Solutions" here

(Porto Alegre, Brazil)

Tim Glynn Burke will speak at the 3rd Congress on Innovation hosted by the Instituto Euvaldo Lodi (IEL).

(Washington, DC)

Stephen Goldsmith will speak at "Hard Times, Solid Policies to Renew American Communities" hosted by The Brookings Institution's The Hamilton Project

(Philadelphia, PA)

Stephen Goldsmith speaks at the The Digital City: Mayors’ Technology Summit 2010 hosted by Temple University's Fox School of Business

(NYU Wagner School)

Stephen Goldsmith joins Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs and others for an Executive Briefing that will "explore and analyze" innovations throughout New York City government. Read more about Creating and Managing Innovation in Service Performance at All Levels of City Government

(Singapore)

Gigi Georges spoke at the Social Innovation Exchange’s “Six and the City” Summer School at Singapore Management University. The event brings together aspiring entrepreneurs from government and private sectors to explore “ideas, best practices, and methods on innovating to create a better city.” View her presentation, The Power-and Necessity-of Social Innovation in our Cities

(Online)

Webinar on Mobilization and Member-based Organizations for Social Change. Featuring Sara Horowitz, Executive Director & Founder of Freelancers Union, and Maya Enista, CEO of Mobilize.org. Find out more and register (free) for Power of Social Innovation Series:Mobilization and Member-based Organizations for Social Change

(Online)

Webinar on The Mandate and Caution of Engaging the Government. Featuring Dorothy Stoneman of YouthBuild USA and J.B. Schramm of College Summit. Find out more and register (free) for Power of Social INnovation Series: The Mandate and Caution of Engaging the Government

(Online)

Webinar on Role of Procurement in Social Innovation Funding. Featuring David Gragan, Chief Procurement Office for District of Columbia, and Linda Gibbs, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, New York City. Find out more and register (free) for Power of Social Innovation Series: Role of Procurement in Social Innovation Funding

(Online)

Webinar on Engaging the Citizen as Co-Producer of Social Good. Featuring Maurice Miller, CEO & Founder of Family Independence Initiative, and Judith Kurland, Chief of Programs and Partnerships, City of Boston. Find out more and register (free) for Power of Social Innovation Series: Engaging the Citizen as Co-Producer of Social Good

(New York, NY)

Corporation for National and Community Service hosts National Conference on Volunteering & Service

(Online)

Webinar on spurring innovation in juvenile justice. Featuring Julie Wilson, Director of the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, Bruce Kamradt, Director of Wraparound Milwaukee and Tim Decker, Director of the Division of YouthServices, Missouri D.S.S. Listen to a recording of Power of Social Innovation Series: Igniting Change in Juvenile Justice.

(Lansing, MI)

Keynote at Business Leaders of Michigan & Michigan Council on Foundations Leadership Summit

(Grand Rapids, MI)

Keynote at Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce

(Detroit, MI)

Breakfast event with local community leaders hosted by United Way of Southeastern Michigan and John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

(Washington, DC)

Panelist at Board Meeting for Living Cities

(Online)

Webinar with Michelle Nunn, CEO of Points of Light Institute/Hands On Network

(Denver, CO)

Council on Foundations 2010 Annual Conference"Intersections: Social Change, Social Justice, and Social Innovation"

(Denver, CO)

Breakfast on Social Innovation and Change in Denver

(Washington, DC)

Urban Institute panel with Shirley Sagawa and others on Federal Government's role in Nonprofit Sector

(Memphis, TN)

Event hosted by Rebuild Government

(Oxford, UK)

Skoll World Forum

(Washington, DC)

Hudson Institute's Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal panel discussion with Bill Schramba, Paul Grogan The Boston Foundation, Gail Nayo with Tisch Foundation, and Robert Woodson Center for Neighborhood Enterprise

(Cambridge, MA)

Harvard University JFK Jr Forum event with D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, New Orleans Mayor-elect Mitch Landrieu, UNCF President and CEO Michael Lomax, and NYC Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs

(Online)

Guest blog on Skoll Foundation's Social Edge, Civic Entrepreneurship

(Online)

Featured guest at USAID-sponsored Global Pulse, an online event bringing together voices from 150+ countries

(Washington, DC)

Presentation to Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Fellows in Social Entrepreneurship

(National Harbor, MD)

United Way Worldwide National Conference & Staff Summit. Watch the presentation

(Washington, DC)

Aspen Institute Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series with Sonal Shah, Director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation. Watch the Book Talk»

(Indianapolis, IN)

Indiana University Center on Philanthropy & United Way of Central Indiana. [Speech starts at minute 12] Watch the presentation»

(Cambridge, MA)

Harvard Kennedy School Student-organized panelFostering Social Innovation in U.S. Cities featuring panelists David Harris CEO of The Mind Trust, Christopher Gergen author of Life Entrepreneurs, and Paul Vandeventer CEO of Community Partners.

(Miami, FL)

New Profit Inc. Gathering of Leaders

(Online)

Co-hosted with executive session member Andrea Levere of CFED, "Fresh Tools for Fighting Poverty: Empowering Low-Income Americans to Build Assets." Audio recording and presenters' slides available (registration required)

(Washington, DC)

Stephen Goldsmith moderates a Hudson Institute conversation, Will the Social Innovation Fund Social Innovation?

(Online)

Read our co-hosted NewTalk.org conversation, Social innovation in America's cities: getting more out of our social service delivery systems.

(Washington, DC)

Stephen Goldsmith introduces President Obama and innovations that are transforming communities nationwide, and President Obama offers remarks calling on foundations, philanthropists, and the private sector to invest in community solutions. The event aired on CSPAN.

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