The key word in this issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review (Chinese Edition) is Collective Impact, for which a specially curated series of articles is presented. Collective Impact requires the combined efforts of the three institutions of government, business and civil society, and such an integrated strategy needs to be underpinned by a social consensus, otherwise it may not be grounded.
The development of a society is a process of constantly confronting old and new social problems, exploring new solutions. In this process, social innovation is also a global process of producing expertise. In this sense, while practical experience of social innovation is important, theoretical generalizations are equally important. Only when knowledge of social innovation is accumulated to a certain level can it truly have a meaningful collective impact.
Leveraging Change for Good: Collective Impact
EDITORIAL SELECTION: COLLECTIVE IMPACT
Worldly Strategy for the Global Climate
Technical solutions are important to address climate change. However, we need to pay more attention to how the three sectors are strategically integrated across institutions. The authors of this paper describe this integration process as "worldly". Worldly businesspeople appreciate the pressures on government officials; worldly community actors understand that businesses need to be driven by commercial interests; worldly politicians realize the need for constructive consolidation of the efforts of all three sec- tors; and worldly people in all the sectors know how much they can learn from their counterparts in other parts of the world, poor as well as rich.
Elevating Community Authority in Collective Impact
To achieve greater equity, we must yield to the decision-making authority of the communities we seek to help. StrivePartnership and other partnerships in the StriveTogether national network are enhancing collective impact to integrate and elevate the expertise and authority of those closest to the problems we’re trying to solve.
Self-Awareness and Collective Impact
The New Birth of Dashilar - Innovative Practices of Collective Impact in the Conservation and Renewal of the Old City
Clean Energy by the People, for the People
After the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, the “energy rebels” of Schönau, Germany, launched a grassroots revolution in the Black Forest to take control of their community’s power. Their creation, EWS, not only triggered the country’s transition to renewable energy but also demonstrated the need for grassroots democratic control of energy production.
The Upside of Conflict
Too many organizations ignore or avoid addressing internal conflict. A healthy perspective on disagreement can increase resilience and spur needed innovation.
The Power of Letting Go
New research explores when top-down control works best in international development work, and when organizations should let employees in the field navigate challenges by using their own judgment.
SOCIAL INNOVATION IN EAST ASIA
These young philanthropists look at philanthropy in a very different way from their fathers did. In their view, it's not enough to just donate money: successful philanthropy requires a complete ecosystem.
When History Lessons Aren’t Enough
NGO Aktion Courage spurs students’ activist energy to promote antiracist programming across Germany.
The Difference Curve
Auticon aims to change society’s perception of people on the autism spectrum for the benefit of businesses and employees alike.
Disrupting the Patriarchy
Developing a More Diverse AI
Capturing Emissions for Fish Food
Time for a Three-Legged Measurement Stool
Misremembering to Feel Better
The Private Benefits of Corporate Social Initiatives
How a Janitor Put a Man on the Moon
Choosing the Best Charity
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