This free, online event was held on August 3, 2010, and was convened by the Ash Center's Government Innovators Network. Please visit the event page to access the slide presentations and resources associated with this webinar.

Event description: 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 US Congress. How has their view of scale and the role of government in their work evolved? What lessons have they learned along the way?

Webinar panelists included J.B. Schramm and Dorothy Stoneman.