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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Collaboration Q&A

Collaboration Q&A

I just had lunch with a dear friend who asked me a question I often hear as a teacher, consultant and community advocate – “Why is collaboration so hard?” I laughed a little and then explained it was the same reason why relationships are difficult. People go into them...

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Two for the Price of One: Two-Generation Approaches

Two for the Price of One: Two-Generation Approaches

Social innovation is often perceived as the implementation of a brand-new idea, but it is not always about an idea. It can also be a new way of delivering an existing program or service or a way to take that idea to scale successfully. The two-generation (also called...

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Behavioral Economics Meets the Social Sector

Behavioral Economics Meets the Social Sector

Do you know why offices and hotels have mirrors in their elevators? One reason is because people will focus on fixing stray hairs and smoothing out wrinkled clothing rather than how long the elevator is taking and, as a result, be happier. This strange but true fact...

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