With some reservation, my research assistant Ari Dropkin and I created a Social Innovation Resource Guide. You can find it here and the description of it is below. I say that we created it “with reservation” because the social innovation world is far too vast to be captured in any one guide, nor maybe should it be. We originally created it for the law students in my social enterprise courses at Georgetown Law — it is an instrument that they will use to learn about the field and conduct their research as they represent social enterprise clients in my legal clinic. I’m happy with the way it turned out but hope that people will send me more resources that we have failed to include.
This Social Innovation Resource Guide is a work-in-progress that attempts to capture various resources that assist, advise, and document social innovation. Social innovation–defined by the Stanford Social Innovation Review as “a novel solution to a social problem that is more effective, efficient, sustainable, or just than existing solutions and for which the value created accrues primarily to society as a whole rather than private individuals”–is drawing widespread academic interest. This Resource Guide began as an instrument for law students enrolled in the Social Enterprise & Nonprofit Law Clinic at Georgetown University Law Center. In it you will find find foundations that support social innovation, organizations that are creating metrics to measure social innovation, attorneys who counsel social innovators, centers and incubators that grow social enterprises, and much more. This Resource Guide is meant to be collaborative and dynamic, and useful to all. Please email us with suggestions for the guide at social [email protected]