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Even the largest and most successful organizations can reach but a few people without engaging the dominant funder in the social sector—government. Yet many entrepreneurs intentionally avoid entanglement that they think will be too political and bureaucratic. How do successful social innovations navigate this tension in their pursuit of systemic change?

This Webinar, sponsored by the Government Innovators Network and the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, featured two experienced social entrepreneurs who understand the challenges and rewards of interacting with government—from school superintendents to state-level cabinet agencies to members of the U.S. Congress. How has their view of scale and the role of government in their work evolved? What lessons have they learned along the way?

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 Power of Social Innovation (Book and website).

The Power of Social Innovation: Chapter 1.

White Paper 2008: High Schools as Launch Pads (College Summit)

The Promise of Proficiency (Center for American Progress)

Social Entrepreneurship and Government (Small Business Administration)

Advancing Social Entrepreneurship (Aspen Institute)

Scaling Impact: How to get 100x the results with 2x the organization

Scaling New Heights (July 2010)

Creating large-scale change: Not 'can' but 'how'

Dorothy Stoneman, creating alternative futures for youth (video)

College Summit (video)