Welcome to Scribd. Sign in or start your free trial to enjoy unlimited e-books, audiobooks & documents.Find out more
Standard view
Full view
of .
Look up keyword
Like this
0 of .
Results for:
No results containing your search query
P. 1
Changing the Ecosystem

Changing the Ecosystem

Ratings: (0)|Views: 1,233|Likes:
Published by Lucy Bernholz
An overview of the many types of enterprises, from social businesses to nonprofits, now producing social goods. Also looks at implications for financing these enterprises.
An overview of the many types of enterprises, from social businesses to nonprofits, now producing social goods. Also looks at implications for financing these enterprises.

More info:

Published by: Lucy Bernholz on Feb 02, 2010
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial


Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less





Lucy Bernholz, Stephanie Linden Seale, Tony Wang
Changing the Ecosystem of Change
This paper was published with the support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.Blueprint Research + Design, Inc. helps grantmaking foundations, individual and family donors, and philanthropic net-works achieve their missions. We offer services in strategy + program design, organizational learning, andevaluation, and we think and write about the industry of philanthropy. Since 2004, Blueprint has provided the John D.and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation with research, advice, and documentation of the Digital Media and LearningInitiative. That work includes the writing and distribution of five reports on field building, written for the public, as ameans of informing the field of philanthropy and as a way to strengthen the emerging field of Digital Media andLearning.The MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning Initiative aims to determine how digital media are changingthe way young people learn, play, socialize, and participate in civic life. Answers are critical to education and other socialinstitutions that must meet the needs of this and future generations. Through November 2009, the foundation hasawarded 106 grants for a total of $61.5 million to organizations and individuals in support of digital media and learn-ing. The grants have supported research, development of innovative technologies, and new learning environments for youth — including a school based on game design principles.
Blueprint Research + Design, Inc.
The nonprofit sector is responsible for many of the social innovations and movements that bene-fit communities across the globe. Many of our most familiar institutions, products, and serviceswere first developed or expanded by nonprofitinstitutions, individual researchers, and the foun-dations that enabled them — from the 911emergency system and public television to plantbiotechnology and reproductive contraception.
In recent years, however, this ecosystem, whichhas nurtured widespread social change, has trans-formed and now includes other forms of enter-prises, actors, and funding models. Among theseinnovations is the rise of social entrepreneurship,as well as innovative organizational forms andemerging forms of financing.An example of one of these new pathways tochange can be found in the “locavore” food rev-olution pioneered by restaurateur Alice Waters,which has achieved great national impact. Watersand her peers have helped to change the wayAmericans think about food, operating from her platform as a commercial chef, restaurant owner,cookbook author, and public speaker. Her reachextends to schools, families, farmers’ markets, andthe entire food and beverage industry, and yet sheinstigated change not from the traditional non-profit model but by acting as the owner of a for-profit restaurant, changing the message she sent toher customers and revamping the supply chain onwhich her business relied.While Waters’ began her pioneering workthirty years ago, these days an increasing number of businesses aspire to create social change inaddition to generating revenue. The rise of thesocial entrepreneur has expanded the profile of changemakers on the social front. Change is nowdriven by a variety of sources, using a mix of unlikely tools and approaches. Just as important as business models with asocial agenda are whole new organizational formsfor generating social good. These organizations,from deliberately temporary citizens’ groups tovirtual networks of engineers and activists, tendto be problem-focused,not institutionally driven.They draw from the power of open-source creationmodels. Their life cycle issomewhat like that of aHollywood production unit, in which a group isformed to produce a movie, the film is made,distribution deals are struck, and the groupthen disbands. The easy access to low-costnetwork-building technologies has acceleratedthe rise of these temporary, issue-specific entitiesfor social change.
Changing the Ecosystem of Change
The rise of the social entrepreneurhas expanded the profile of changemakers on the social front.

Activity (14)

You've already reviewed this. Edit your review.
1 hundred reads
1 thousand reads
maggie1789 liked this
ndeychak liked this
Azlan A. Aziz liked this
Azlan A. Aziz liked this
paulmanus liked this
Gary J. Hubbell liked this
John Minkler liked this
56hgi liked this

You're Reading a Free Preview

/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->