Are big innovations possible within nonprofits?

The recent Social Innovation Camp proved a highly successful experiment in bringing together social activists, web developers and others who believe the best way to get things done is to get creative people together and cook ideas rapidly. I've reported over here how eighty projects were filtered to six for intensive development over a weekend, and why I think this model will be significant in future.
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Government engagement toolkit

The government have launched a toolkit for local groups to feed back to them on issues around empowerment. I have some issues with it, but there is some good stuff in there and at least they seem to be trying to listen!

why join a social network?

I have just been sent a link by a colleague that I thought might be useful. It is an article of comments by professionals on social networking, and the comment below is from an RSA Fellow, Julie Howell. The article can be found here

 In a nutshell, she says that conventional social networking sites are of little interest and without some 'added value' over and above the opportunity to meet and greet she would rarely use them.  read more »

Thoughts on how we engage people via this site

Megan and I met this morning and talked about the research dimension of this project. I've just updated the research page so you can see where we got to.

We also discussed the question of how to engage other key people in membership organisations in our discussions and thinking. I'm sure we'll have a chance to discuss more when we meet face-to-face in a couple of weeks' time, but for now I thought I'd just share our ideas as food for thought.

We know that in order to encourage people to participate there has to be a clear 'ask' and clarity about the terms of engagement. How about creating a series of boxes (or something) on the front page with the key questions we're interested in. So for example:  read more »

Disorganisation and networks

I was sorting out my books at home last night and was reminded of two Demos publications that I think are really interesting and offer some important and useful insights to the context for this project.

The first of these is Disorganisation: why future organisations must 'loosen up'. It's got some great scenarios about the organisations of the future which touches on the issue of affiliation that we want to explore through the research dimension of this project.  read more »

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