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The Best of Social Impact: Must-read Articles of the Month

Social impact, entrepreneurship, and innovation — if it’s interesting news, you’ll find it here. These stories may not be the ones atop your news feed, but chances are they’re the ones you’ll actually want to read. Whether it’s opinions on creating positive social and environmental impact – or the simply the valuable lessons learned along the way, here’s a roundup of the past month’s most interesting articles.

The Secret to Better Storytelling for Social Change: Better Partnerships

No single organisation or individual can pull off an effective storytelling campaign alone. Reaping the benefits of storytelling requires that we build better partnerships between three important players.

3 Things a Young Person in the Social Impact Space Needs to Know

The social impact space is booming with new possibilities for millennial-aged changemakers. From volunteerism to starting a for-purpose side-hustle, young people have more drive and passion than ever to make a positive difference in the world. Get started on your journey to make a positive change with these top tips.

10 Social Impact Lessons I Learnt as a Not-for-profit Leader

CEO Kristy Muir reflects on the key lessons she’s learnt as the Centre for Social Impact marks its 10th birthday.

How to Build a Business Case for Social Good

Within any business, the number one question asked when an idea for a new initiative is introduced is: what’s the impact this will have on our bottom line? Business leaders want to know that any initiative which is going to take up time and resources, both of which can often be scarce, is one worth investing in from an ROI perspective. Therefore, it is critical to understand that if you want to launch an initiative within your company, you must first establish and present a strong business case for it.

Lean Impact: How to Apply Lean Startup Principles to Non-profits for Social Good

Author and practitioner Michael Krigsman, explains how to apply minimum viable products and iterative development to social impact. Learn to adapt these techniques to be efficient, save money, and ensure that every dollar you spend creates the greatest impact possible.

How to Create the Conditions for Social Intrapreneurs to Thrive

Four ways companies seeking to align their corporate strategies and business processes with the Sustainable Development Goals can foster social innovation from within.

Managing Value Tensions in Collective Social Entrepreneurship

Social entrepreneurship increasingly involves collective, voluntary organising efforts where success depends on generating and sustaining members’ participation. This study investigates how such participatory social ventures achieve member engagement in institutional settings.

Want to Be a Social Pioneer? Here Are Three Boundaries to Transcend

Interested in the correct way to explore and conquer new areas of opportunity for yourself and society? Working to develop professionals who create social impact around the world, the Amani Institute is focusing on three main frontiers every social pioneer should cross.

Investing’s Final Frontier: Impact Measurement

As with financial returns, social returns can be improved or worsened by countless, coinciding external factors, such as a fluctuating economy, new laws, or even recently developed technologies. But unlike calculating financial returns by a simple metric of dollars, social returns can manifest in myriad ways, from increased literacy, to healthier infants, to reduced pollution. In general, each type of social return calls for its own metrics to answer this basic question: Is this social impact investment/initiative having the intended effect?

How Giving Tuesday Became a Worldwide Phenomenon

Now in its sixth year, the antidote to Black Friday and Cyber Monday spurs the donation of hundreds of millions of dollars.

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jay@socialchangecentral.com
Jay Boolkin

jay@socialchangecentral.com

I'm passionate about positive social change and the power of social entrepreneurship to tackle some of the world’s biggest problems. I believes that for-purpose business models can become part of the mainstream and is enthusiastic about advocating for business models that are genuinely built around a social or environmental mission.

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