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Implementing social innovation strategies at a systemic level: A wish list for 2018Spring has officially sprung and we're heading towards the planning phase for the forthcoming financial year. There is no better time to clean out the CSI closet and consider more innovative approaches that can equip us to better manage risk, face challenges and maximise opportunities along the value chain. 1 Sep 2017 Read more

Dominant grantmaking trends in 2017: Assessing the year so farLike any business or personal relationship, successful grantmaking is essentially about savvy expectation management. Whether it be the expectations of policymakers and strategists, social investors, donors and funders, beneficiaries, volunteers or any other stakeholders that we manage, to facilitate best practices and optimal outcomes it is essential that we strive to set up CSI and social innovation models that (to quote that much overused business adage) do not overpromise and underdeliver. 4 May 2017 Read more

Let's do social innovation rather than corporate social investmentCompanies cannot be sustainable if the communities they depend on for future business are unsustainable. While this may sound as logical and common sensical as continually adapting CSI efforts to keep up in an ever-changing world, so many corporates have been riding the wave of change on the same old social investment board for several years. 1 Sep 2016 Read more

Measuring the impact of social investmentsIn recent years, a well-documented trend has emerged within the field of community investment and development. Social investors, non-profits, social enterprises and governments are united by a common goal: Sustainable social change. To reach this goal, the social sector must identify what approaches work — and why. Two factors have emerged to drive this development: A higher demand for accountability, and a need for greater effectiveness of development investments in the face of limited resources. 15 Apr 2016 Read more

Common mistakes in stakeholder engagementStakeholder management can be an effective risk management tool. But simply engaging for purposes of reporting or compliance and governance underestimates the real value of stakeholder engagement. 14 Sep 2015 Read more

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