Social enterprise is scaling up through digital design. In this audio lecture, Carl Bass, President and CEO of Autodesk, discusses at Social Innovation Summit 2013 the application of design to solve social problems. Bass describes how the availability of infinite computing capacity combined with people's willingness to share their knowledge of how to make things advances social entrepreneurship for everyone's betterment, and he shares examples of creative small businesses that advance social enterprise through innovation.
As early as 1947, David Packard said, “The betterment of society in not a job to be left to a few, but a responsibility to be shared by all.” Chris Librie, Senior Director of Strategy and Corporate Affairs at HP, discusses the company’s long standing commitment to this philosophy in this podcast. By using multiple examples of HP’s social sector success, Chris describes the company’s holistic approach to social problem solving, and expresses the company’s enthusiasm in continuing to pursue corporate social ventures.
Jake Harriman is using his military experience to revolutionize the fight against extreme poverty. After leaving his position as a Special Operations Platoon Commander in the Marine Corps, Jake Harriman founded Nuru, a nonprofit aiming to bring relief to the poorest places in the world. Jake puts his venture’s focus on finding and training capable leaders in these places, rather than giving these communities quick economic fixes. Through this podcast, Jake Harriman shares his enthusiasm for combating extreme poverty and portrays his excitement for the future of his venture.
Paul Niehaus is revolutionizing the concept of donating through his nonprofit, Give Directly. For nearly 60 years, people have been giving money to a third party organization, which promises to use that donation to provide relief for a group of individuals in need. However, donors aren’t in love with this anonymous method of helping. Paul created Give Directly to simplify the donation process. In this podcast, he discussed Give Directly’s end-to-end model of connecting US donors with beneficiaries abroad.
Professor Robert Sutton of Stanford University shares his conclusions about a problem he has wrestled with for several years - successful scaling. Professor Sutton highlights a few major lessons, including the importance of keeping team size down when scaling and the role of culture in the ability to scale excellence. In this podcast, Professor Sutton shares his overarching ideas and insights in hopes that listeners will be able to more effectively and efficiently share aspects of excellence.
As he recounts his journey of walking from pole to pole, Robert Swan inspires listeners to push themselves past their limits. Robert Swan, founder of 2041 and the first man to walk to both the North Pole and the South Pole, discusses the importance of a positive outlook and of commitment in achieving a goal. He urges his audience to pursue what they are passionate about with boldness, and that this boldness, in turn, will inspire those around them.
Globally, 700 million people do not have access to a reliable water source. In this audio interview, the Co-Founder and CEO of TOHL, Benjamin Cohen, discusses how he and his team are improving the quantity and quality of water for people in need. TOHL designs, engineers, constructs, operates, and maintains both conventional and mobile water systems to reach its goal of bringing clean water to those who need it most, in the most efficient and effective way possible.
Correcting education disparity is a prevalent global focus. In this audio interview, the Co-Founder and CDO of ENOVA, Jorge Camil Starr, discusses his entrepreneurial success in improving the educational sphere in Mexico. Jorge and the rest of the ENOVA team are working to bring education technology to low-income communities and equip them with the tools they need to thrive in the knowledge society.
The Nazava Water Filters team sees clean water as a basic right, not a privilege. In this audio interview, the co-founder of Nazava Water Filters, Lieselotte Heederik, discusses her company’s impact on Indonesia by creating appliances to purify water at the household level. Nazava Water Filters provides the most affordable and safest household water filters in Indonesia, which enables families to access clean drinking water without the need to boil water or use electricity. This consequently improves health, increases disposable income and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
A small stove is combating the big issues of gender inequality, physical and sexual violence, and the harmful effects toxic emissions. In this audio interview, the founder of Potential Energy, Michelle Kreger, discusses her social venture, which brings energy-efficient stoves to the people who need them most. In the interview, she explains the goal of the cook stove in minimizing the need for firewood and why this invention generates so much social benefit.
Mary Nichols, Chairman of the California Air Resources Board, discusses the California cap-and-trade program and the current thinking around regional and federal carbon policy. In 2009, the house Waxman-Markey bill attempted to establish a federal cap-and-trade system in the US, but it failed in the Senate. Nonetheless, California launched its own cap-and-trade program to implement greenhouse gas emissions reductions mandated by AB32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. The story of California’s program is told by Nichols at the Stanford Center for Social Innovation’s 2013 Conradin Von Gugelberg Memorial Lecture.
A critical approach to measurement, evaluation, and data collection is needed for nonprofits to expand impact in an increasingly interconnected social world. In this panel discussion at Next Generation Evaluation conference, Kathy Brennan, Patricia Bowie, and Lucy Bernholz give provocative overviews of developmental evaluation research design, shared measurement for collective impact, and the social responsibility of nonprofits employing big data for good.
Three evolving approaches to evaluation could change how it is used in social enterprise. In this audio lecture, Hallie Preskill, FSG managing director, opens the 2013 Next Generation Evaluation conference with examples of how leading social sector organizations are thinking about and applying evaluation. Preskill discusses in detail three new approaches to evaluation: developmental evaluation, shared measurement, and big data. She explains the trends and identifies how evaluation must evolve to optimize social enterprise efforts.
Effective evaluation is about more than measuring impact—it’s about figuring out what works and why. In this panel discussion at the Next Generation Evaluation conference, Lisbeth Schorr, Fay Twersky, and Alicia Grunow discuss the implications of evaluative techniques such as shared measurement, big data, and improvement science for philanthropy and nonprofit management.
Embracing complexity is essential in social enterprise evaluation. In this audio lecture, Brenda Zimmerman, Associate Professor of Policy at York University’s Schulich School of Business, suggests approaches for addressing complexity in evaluation systems. In the closing keynote at the 2013 Next Generation Evaluation Conference, Zimmerman explores ways to embrace complexity in social sector evaluation practice. She describes how social innovation can be fostered by applying cognitive diversity to solve structural and causative complexity problems.