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Often the most effective—and disruptive—innovations have the highest expectations for the people they are trying to help.

This Webinar, sponsored by the Government Innovators Network and the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, featured experienced civic entrepreneurs—from both the nonprofit and public sectors—who understand the challenges and rewards of implementing an innovation that undermines some of the most common assumptions in poverty alleviation work.

With participation from the audience, our panel derived a set of common sense principles and strategies to help public officials, social entrepreneurs and citizens produce extraordinary social change.

The discussion was moderated by Julie Wilson, Harry Kahn Senior Lecturer in Social Policy; Director, Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy; Secretary for the Harvard Kennedy School.


The Power of Social Innovation (Book and website)

The Power of Social Innovation: Chapter 1.

Slow Change can be Powerful, Here’s How to Begin (

The Family Independence Initiative Website:

Huffington Post article on Maurice Miller “One Man’s Approach to Fighting Poverty”:

Poverty News Blog on FII:

Civic Entrepreneurship Blog on Social Edge featuring FII:

Information on Judith Kurland’s work as Chief of Staff to Mayor Menino in Boston:

Wallace Foundation publication “Opportunity in Hard Times” featuring Judith Kurland:

On Philanthropy blog on the Social Innovation Fund: