The Social Sector often uses basic tools, like hammers and nails to change the world. Instead, we need power tools. Our weekly blog, Social TrendSpotter provides you with the latest trends and ideas within the social sector. It merges current thinking with the edge of innovation to inspire, to motivate and to take action so we can all ultimately create a better sector. Social TrendSpotter includes original analysis, but also highlights the latest sector-wide thinking into a user-friendly resource where social sector professionals and students alike can draw inspiration, share ideas and develop new thinking on best practices.

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Why Bottom-Up Program Design Is the Future

Why Bottom-Up Program Design Is the Future

In 1997, on my first day as a program developer at Phoenix House, a nationwide evidence-based substance abuse treatment program, I started to learn bottom-up program design. And, to ensure I really understood the journey of those we served, I spent a lot...

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Social TrendSpotter’s Summer Superlatives 2020

Social TrendSpotter’s Summer Superlatives 2020

Is it really July? Somehow 2020 has simultaneously moved fast, but also very slow. It is a strange paradox of living during a pandemic – every day is never-ending, yet the days fly by. In fact, there is a study of this phenomenon – chronemics or the study of the role...

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Key Takeaways & Trends from Giving USA 2020 Results

Key Takeaways & Trends from Giving USA 2020 Results

Americans are very generous – in fact, more Americans give to charity than vote. In the first six months of 2020, despite more than half of the U.S. workforce experiencing unemployment or reduced income due to COVID-19, Americans have stepped up to support important...

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Do’s and Don’ts of Remote Leadership

Do’s and Don’ts of Remote Leadership

If remote work is the future of work, how do you stack up? I have been working with a virtual team since I founded Social Impact Architects 11 years ago. It isn’t easy, but like anything new, it can be rewarding – both for leaders and employees – if you have the...

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Changemaker Top 10 Playlist

Changemaker Top 10 Playlist

My storytelling medium is words, but I have always been inspired by music. Music is a language universally shared. In fact, the human brain can distinguish music from all other noise. Research has proven that it has an impact on human health and performance, including...

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