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The Power of Social Innovation: Chapter 1 (book)

Steve Goldsmith. "Fostering Innovation Culture.", April 19, 2011.

The Menkiti Group website

Bull City Forward website

Life Entrepreneurs (book)

Enterprising Leadership Initiative - Hart Leadership Program, Duke University's Terry Sanford School of Public Policy

Center for Creative Leadership

     - CCL's Leadership Beyond Boundaries

New Mountain Ventures


Social Enterprise Alliance

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Springboard Innovation

Toronto Centre for Social Innovation

Young Foundation


The Power of Social Innovation Series features practitioner-led webinars on timely topics from education reform to economic development. Innovators share their experiences and insights with fellow practitioners, students and scholars from across the country.

This event was sponsored by the Government Innovators Network and the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, and featured government leaders and experts from innovative service organizations.

The panel featured social entrepreneurs and city leaders who discussed their innovative community and economic development efforts. They explored the potential impact of, and laid out some key strategies for, supporting local social enterprises as a practical and effective means of encouraging business development, job growth and wealth creation.


  • Christopher Gergen, Co-founder and Executive Director, Bull City Forward
  • Bo Menkiti, Founder and CEO, The Menkiti Group

Moderator: Anthony Williams, William H. Bloomberg Lecturer in Public Management at the Harvard Kennedy School and former two-term mayor of the District of Columbia