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Social Innovation & the Arts

I’ve recently joined a team of scholars and faculty who organize Community Voices, and in preparation for next week’s discussion, I’ve learned a great deal about The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Music Heritage Trail.  Jack Hinshelwood, executive director, and a team of innovative civic leaders conceived the idea in January 2003 to generate economic development and […] Continue reading

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Media Involvement in Social Change Efforts

Please forgive me for the personal nature of this post.  I’m outraged, overwhelmed and literally shocked at the news out of Philadelphia reporting the case of late term abortions being performed by Kermit Gosnell and his staff.  My initial emotional response to the details of the operation and treatment of infants born alive was quickly […] Continue reading

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“Philanthropy is the market for love”

Dan Pallotta says it well… “The way we think about charity is dead wrong.”  He proposes that the sector is dichotomous – you can do good, but you won’t make a good living, or you can make a difference, but you won’t be celebrated or acknowledged for your personal and professional accomplishes in the same […] Continue reading

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The Dancing Man

In The Power of Social Innovation, Goldsmith begins chapter 5, entitled “Animating and Trusting the Citizen” with the following quote: There are a great many guardians of the status quo.  But there is just no adequate defense for restricting people to a series of bad choices… At this stage, there needs to be more disruption. […] Continue reading

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Choosing a New Pope

I’d like to argue that the election of the next Pope may have a significant impact on social justice movements, institutions of faith globally, and most notably the role of faith leaders within the Catholic church. The Catholic church is one of rigorous structure, which is celebrated by some and criticized by others.  However a […] Continue reading

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The Social Change Model as Pedagogy

Buschlen, E., & Dvorak, R. (2011). The social change model as pedagogy: Examining undergraduate leadership growth. Journal of Leadership Education, 10(2), 38-56. Buschlen and Dvorak (2011) aimed to test models of leadership development for the purpose of informing practitioners, in addition to further assessing the merit of the social change model of leadership development in […] Continue reading

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Community: A series of questions

Exploring the context of collaboration and coalitions as a critical component of the change process, I was intrigued by who represents “community”.  In The Power of Social Innovation, Goldsmith asks, “What change does the community want and what assets can … Continue reading Continue reading

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The Social Innovation Fund and Nonprofits in 2025

The day when every American in need is on a path to a healthy and prosperous life. In communities across the country open sourcing has been employed to catalyze social change.  As referenced in the video above (September 2012), federal … Continue reading Continue reading

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Charismatic Leadership: Strategies for effecting social change

Foil, C. M., Harris, D., & House, R. (1999). Charismatic Leadership: Strategies for effecting social change. Leadership Quarterly, 10(3), 449-482. Foil, Harris, and House (1999) provide empirical evidence in support of House’s theory of charismatic leadership and Lewin’s field theory … Continue reading Continue reading

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Social Innovators: Born or Made?

My passion is leader development… understanding the process of leader development globally, and applying learning to practical interventions that enhance and impact a leader’s journey.  As a practitioner at heart, I’ve begun to wonder about the process of developing (i.e. … Continue reading Continue reading

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