Overcoming the Big Challenges

Showing how to solve problems innovators face. Certain challenges—questions of scaling and impact, measurement and evaluation—are endemic to social entrepreneurship. These stories illustrate how changemakers are addressing those challenges, and whether they’re finding success.

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Creating accountability

Creating systems to hold members of a community accountable for their decisions.

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Financial sustainability

Creating long-term financial viability. Half the challenge of developing a good solution is ensuring its financial viability. Stories that fall under this category address how changemakers are building financially-sustainable solutions, so that money extends rather than limits their impact.

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Helping ideas spread

How do ideas travel from place to place? These stories discuss the challenges of sharing and spreading ideas, and how changemakers help solutions flow across cities, states, and nations.

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Impact measurement

Evaluating whether it works. Measurement can be a daily process of gathering intelligence and feeding it back into the system, or a formal study of a solution’s effects and outcomes.

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Learning from failure

Analyzing, adapting to, and making use of failure. By embracing and understanding the lessons of a failed solution, changemakers can turn failure into a learning experience.

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Piloting

Executing and learning from a test-run. Executing a pilot run allows changemakers to test the viability of a solution in practice, explore possible changes, and gauge the community’s response.

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Scaling

Growing and replicating a solution, typically executed by a single organization. These stories address one critical question: How does a solution move from the pilot stage to wider implementation?

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Sustainability of the solution

Engineering solutions to last. This often means a solution created and run by the people it affects, who will be more likely to keep it going. Stories under this category focus on long-term viability and sustained impact.

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