Category Archives: Social Change

Who Are You Not To Scale? 3 Lessons From Peace First

This article was the second in a 3-part series I wrote for Forbes.com on scaling up of social entrepreneurship. The insights that led to this series came from work I did when working for Ashoka’s Globalizer program. In this article, we look at the work … Continue reading

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Five Steps to Growing Your Social Impact: Lessons from the World Wildlife Fund

This article was the first in a 3-part series I wrote for Forbes.com on scaling up of social entrepreneurship. The insights that led to this series came from work I did when working for Ashoka’s Globalizer program. In this article, I interview Siegfried … Continue reading

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The Dream of a Nation – Everyone a Changemaker

Along with Ashoka‘s President, Diana Wells, I wrote an essay for a wonderful new book called Dream of a Nation, which is about new ideas to inspire America. The book features essays from a number of American leaders such as … Continue reading

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From Crowdsourcing to CouchSurfing

This is the third in my interview series of open-source innovators for the Stanford Social Innovation Review Blog. You can read the first two interviews in the series here, and here. The third interview is posted here on the SSIR blog. It is … Continue reading

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An Open Source Approach to Medical Research

This is the second in my interview series of open-source innovators for the Stanford Social Innovation Review Blog. Read the first in the series, about simply giving things away in order to scale, on the SSIR blog here. The second interview is posted … Continue reading

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Scaling Impact By Giving Stuff Away

Open source thinking is no longer a skill reserved for software engineers, but a valuable skill for social entrepreneurs. Having become interested in open source thinking thanks to my work on the Ashoka Globalizer program, I was keen to learn … Continue reading

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Scaling Social Impact: When Everybody Contributes, Everybody Wins

Along with my colleague Jon McPhedran Waitzer, I wrote a long essay for MIT Press’ Innovations Journal on new paradigms for scaling innovation. This was based on two years of learning and experience creating and running Ashoka’s Globalizer program, and … Continue reading

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Storytelling and Social Entrepreneurship

In October 2010, I led a “Storytelling for Social Change” workshop at Ashoka. The stories that emerged from it were so powerful we decided to turn a few of them into an audio blog series and share them.  Grab your headphones–and … Continue reading

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The Globalizer Story

An essay I wrote to describe the experience of the Ashoka Globalizer. ——————- Imagine you’re a social entrepreneur starting to realize the full potential for your idea. You’ve made the momentous decision to devote yourself full-time to solving a social … Continue reading

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A Successful FailFaire

I’ve been struck recently by all the press and talk regarding failure in development work, and the increasing push for citizen organizations to be open and transparent about their failures. At Ashoka, I organized an event for our staff around … Continue reading

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