January 30, 2015

Insight Center on Scaling Social Impact launches online resource


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BOSTON - The Bridgespan Group and Harvard Business Review today announced the launch of the Insight Center on Scaling Social Impact, an online resource published on HBR.org that will feature the latest and best thinking on social enterprise. Supported by Omidyar Network, this partnership will provide a platform for the field's global leaders to share stories and lessons on the relationship between for-profit ventures and social change. The Insight Center will feature blogs, full-length articles, and interactive webinars from prominent names in the industry.  

As part of the Insight Center's launch, Michael Chu, senior lecturer at Harvard Business School, managing director of IGNIA Fund, and former CEO of microfinance agency ACCION, will host a webinar on January 17 on "What is the role of profit in scaling social impact?" Chu will examine three cases of private sector response to public sector failures: Compartamos Banco, Farmacias Similares, and Manila Water. (Register here.)

"The goal of this three-month pilot project is to reach a growing audience seeking content on how business leaders across all sectors can accomplish social change in the world," said Katherine Bell, editor of HBR.org. "We're excited to be partnering with The Bridgespan Group because they bring a deep expertise in mission-driven organizations and innovations in social change."

The Insight Center will focus on three areas of interest:

  • What are market-based approaches to social change and how should they be funded
  • How to develop talent that makes the enterprise tick
  • How to scale what works using technology, measurement, and other levers

"We are pleased to partner with Harvard Business Review to provide a new generation of socially-conscious leaders with a forum for ideas and best practices, including how the private sector and mission-driven social organizations can come together in powerful new ways," said Bridgespan Partner Katie Smith Milway, who is co-leading the development of the Insight Center.

Among the organizations that will be contributing content to the site in addition to Harvard Business Review and The Bridgespan Group are Omidyar Network, IBM, Center for Effective Philanthropy, Harvard Business School's Social Enterprise Initiative, INSEAD's Social Enterprise Center, World Business Council on Sustainable Development, Duke's CASE program, Intel, General Electric and a host of nonprofits, foundations, and individuals who have worked on both sides of the private sector and nonprofit aisles. Topics will cover a range of issues including: how impact investing is about to evolve; how crowdsourcing is changing funding for social change; how nonprofit startup challenges differ from for-profit startups; and discussions on prevailing ways to measure social value.

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