To Get to the Good, You Gotta Dance With the Wicked

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Four nonprofit leaders — including Gail B. Nayowith, founding Executive Director of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund — respond to a recent SSIR article on how the nonprofit sector sets its goals and achieves impact.

In their recent article, “When Good Is Not Good Enough” (Stanford Social Innovation Review, Fall 2013), Bill Shore, Darell Hammond, and Amy Celep conclude that the social sector needs to “shift its attention from modest goals that provide short-term relief to bold goals that, while harder to achieve, provide long-term solutions by tackling the root of social problems.” The authors base their conclusion on hard questions about whether what they, as leading social entrepreneurs, initially saw as solutions to difficult social problems were even making a dent...

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