Birth Alert: HBR & Bridgespan’s New Social Impact Space


December. It’s a busy time of year, and for those of us with kids, a time of spectating. Watching your daughter’s triangle solo in the school concert or your son play shepherd no. 4 in the winter pageant. My three kids are teenagers now, but my enthusiasm for seeing them perform, even the smallest of roles, feels evergreen. Your own baby fascinates, always.

Books and articles can feel like babies, too; the longer the birthing process the more attached I find I become. To that end, I and Knowledge Team colleagues at Bridgespan have been collaborating with Harvard Business Review this fall, supported by the Omidyar Network, to birth a new publishing space for our sector. Consider this a  “birth alert” with thanks to many advisors who have provided input and brainstormed topics with us through the fall.

The babe’s name is The "HBR-Bridgespan Insight Center on Scaling Social Impact" — a blog-centric digital space. Here, voices from the for-profit and nonprofit sectors have equal footing in the interest of raising the most important questions related to strategy, funding, talent, and technology that propel social innovation. Here, leading lights in impact investing can be in conversation with the next generation of leaders in social enterprise around questions such as:

  • What is the role of profit in social impact?
  • Which sectors offer the best platform to make change?
  • In what new ways are organizations using technology to scale ideas?
  • What data is needed to prove what works?

The birth date is January 9, 2013, and you can register for an alert from HBR.org by clicking this link: http://vovici.com/wsb.dll/s/1549g51f33?wsb2=bspn.

As a thank you, you’ll be able to download for free  “Convergence: Creating Opportunities Across Sectors — Today's Young Leaders Find Passion and Purpose in Cross-Sector Careers,” a chapter from Passion & Purpose by John Coleman, Daniel Gulati, and W. O. Segovia.

Mark your calendar, too, for a free launch webinar at noon on January 17 with Michael Chu, of Harvard Business School on the topic "Are profit and purpose at odds? What is the role of profit in scaling social impact?"

So that’s our baby news. Feel free to spread the word!

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