Welcome to the Project on Social Innovation

Welcome to the Project on Social Innovation, an online hub for social innovation from the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School.

As communities across the United States grapple with fiscal crisis—facing spiraling deficits, dangerous levels of debt and the worst economic recession in some 70 years—Americans understand that all levels of their government must take action. Calls are growing louder for the cost-cutting and financial restraint within government that so many families have had to practice at home.

We must find new ways to do more with less. This starts with making tough choices about public spending. It also means seeking out promising public and private sector innovations to help limited resources go further in addressing our most pressing needs.

We envision the Ash Center’s Project on Social Innovation as a resource on technical, programmatic and policy innovations. But also, perhaps more importantly, it should be a resource on the strategies and tactics needed to develop and grow those new ideas that work but face an uphill climb.

While it features best practices, a tool kit and ideas captured by the Harvard Kennedy School, you the practicing innovator will be this site’s most valuable source.   It will be built by you and a growing community of people who identify themselves as innovators.

We hope you will use it as your own laboratory–to create, find and share solutions in your communities and with fellow citizens across the country.