Project on Social Innovation

The Project on Social Innovation provides this virtual knowledge hub for social innovation in cities and municipalities. Its purpose is to provide a practical platform for sharing the stories and lessons of exciting innovators from the nonprofit, philanthropic and public sectors. The Project on Social Innovation accomplishes this purpose through an innovator’s toolkit, relevant news updates, profiles of best practices, regular blogging, and links to other online resources. The site is an initiative of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

The Project on Social Innovation identifies and engages civic leaders and innovators who are committed to transforming their community’s approach to social service delivery. The ideas generated by the Executive Session on Transforming Cities through Civic Entrepreneurship-funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation-have led to new research and publications including The Power of Social Innovation: How Civic Entrepreneurs Ignite Community Networks for Good (Jossey-Bass/Wiley, March 2010) by Stephen Goldsmith with Gigi Georges and Tim Glynn Burke.

Thanks to renewed support from the Knight Foundation, in 2011 we launched this virtual knowledge hub for driving social innovation and community engagement. And with new support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the team recently launched its Innovation Strategies Initiative, a year-long hands-on effort to help mayors become effective catalysts for innovation.

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The Roy and Lila Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation advances excellence and innovation in governance and public policy through research, education, and public discussion. The Ford Foundation is a founding donor of the Center. Three major programs support our mission: the Program on Democratic Governance, the Innovations in Government Program, and the Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia.

The Project on Social Innovation builds on the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation’s existing capacity to generate, gather, and share knowledge on how communities are transforming their approaches to social issues.

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