JUNE 26, 2013
Get and give help. Consider small changes as well as big ideas. Build on strengths but consider moving outside of your comfort zone. Be ready. And be bold.
These suggestions for achieving success in social innovation are among the findings of a recent study co-authored by two Boston College faculty members on Massachusetts’ status as a leader in social innovation, which addresses social needs by blending entrepreneurship and practices from business with social work’s expertise in non-profit management and commitment to social justice.
Graduate School of Social Work Associate Professors Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes and Stephanie Berzin, directors of GSSW’s Center for Social Innovation (CSI), and their co-author Luis de Zengotita, a former graduate assistant at Boston College, compiled the study through interviews with 23 leaders of human service agencies who had spearheaded different types of social innovation initiatives.
CSI collaborated with the Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers on the study, which was presented earlier this month at a one-day conference attended by some 40 human services practitioners. Held on Brighton Campus, the event featured a panel with three master social innovators, all included in the study, who talked about their agencies’ experiences.