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Some of today’s most valuable lessons about spurring social innovation come from the field of juvenile justice.

This Webinar, sponsored by the Harvard Kennedy School's Malcolm Weiner Center for Social Policy and by the Government Innovators Network, featured developers behind proven, innovative models in juvenile justice which resulted, at least in part, as a social entrepreneurial endeavor.

From this analysis our panel derived a set of common sense principles and strategies to help public officials, social entrepreneurs and citizens produce extraordinary social change. Ample time was set aside for audience Q&A.

This Webinar was the next in the Power of Social Innovation Series, a forum that focuses on facilitating social innovation and treating innovation as a process. Key questions explored in these Webinars include

  • What was the experience designing and growing the innovation?
  • What kinds of barriers were encountered?
  • How were these barriers surpassed?
  • How can leaders and public officials create a "fertile" environment for innovation?

Because the Webinars will emphasize process over product, each webinar in this series is be relevant to all policy makers and practitioners no matter your domain of public service.


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” (PDF) featuring Judith Kurland

On Philanthropy blog on the Social Innovation Fund