- Social Innovation in Madison
March 22, 2017
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
"Social Innovation embraces a kind of intellectual honesty in the head and moral courage of the heart: a mind shift that pivots away from the view
that success is owning market share of a social problem, and a humble self-resilience that fuels a no quit persistence when the inevitable failures
occur". - Jeff Snell, Ph.D.
Do you see a need to assist in retooling current funding models?
Do you wish your grantees had the insight to become more sustainable?
Are you interested in learning how this may be possible
while still addressing critical social issues?
If so, Wisconsin Philanthropy Network invites you to learn more about the opportunity for Madison to develop its own Sustainability and Impact Project.
After capturing the interest of Madison funders following a dynamic presentation at the UW Madison School of Human Ecology on Social Entrepreneurship in Wisconsin last fall, Wisconsin Philanthropy Network is exploring the feasibility of bringing Sustainability and Impact to Madison.
Modeled after successful programs already in place in Milwaukee and Appleton, the Madison Sustainability and Impact Project will present social innovation as a framework for achieving positive, sustainable social change. Not only does this represent a departure from conventional charity, but it also offers participants the opportunity to design and implement their own social innovation model that focuses on sustainability and impact for their organization.
What is social innovation?
By definition, social innovation is a novel solution to a social problem that is more effective, efficient, just or sustainable than current solutions. The value created accrues primarily to society rather than to private individuals.
"Social Innovation embraces a kind of intellectual honesty in the head and moral courage of the heart: a mind shift that pivots away from the view that success is owning market share of a social problem, and a humble self-resilience that fuels a no quit persistence when the inevitable failures occur." - Jeff Snell
When did the project start?
The Sustainability and Impact Project just completed its second year in Greater Milwaukee; however, it was modeled after the Social Innovation Leadership Experience serving the Fox Valley – an Executive Education Program started in 2010 now serving a third cohort (40 executives total). Past participants in the Fox Valley have launched award-winning models of social innovation/social entrepreneurship including Riverview Gardens in Appleton, and The Farmory in Green Bay (winner, best marketing, The Venture Center Business Model Competition, Oshkosh, November, 2014).
Will we hear a success story?
Yes, hear from Cindy Sahotsky, Fox Valley alum, from Riverview Gardens (national Social Entrepreneurship finalist, June 2014, The Manhattan Institute). The Riverview Gardens' founders, transformed Wisconsin's oldest private country club, Riverview Country Club, into 72 Acres With A Mission. Riverview Gardens has created interactive social enterprises that provide unlimited job-training opportunities with sources of revenue, as well as an accessible, community park space.
Jeff Snell, PhD - International Folk Art Alliance and Midwest Social Innovation
Jeff is the Executive Director of the International Folk Art Alliance (Santa Fe, NM) and the founder of Midwest Social Innovation, LLC, and co-founder of the Midwest Consortium for Social Innovation, a regional platform to promote cross-sector, enterprise-based solutions to social problems. A few of Jeff's social innovation projects include a partnership with the New York times to embed Social Innovation across the curriculum globally (FixesU, selected by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as one of 10 winners in a field of 1,000 proposals from 85 countries); the Brady Corporation Good Money Challenge, the first regional start-up competition for social entrepreneurship; and the Cristo Rey Network school in Milwaukee, the first university-backed feasibility effort of 26 schools nationally and a new model going forward.
Caty Bulgrin, Director of Operations and Research, 262-317-6004, firstname.lastname@example.org
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