November 19, 2018: Lessons from a young leaders journey on how discomfort can actually help address problems, identify solutions and ultimately drive impact in communities.
Category Archives: Policy Innovation
September 7, 2018: How are students using innovative civic participation to make change in government?
March 13, 2018: Proposed Guiding Principles for Opportunity Zones to Fuel an Inclusive Economy and Drive Social Impact
February 27, 2018: Congress’s knowledge gap is especially glaring when it comes to modern decision-making: the effective organization of digital assets to process information.
January 29, 2018: The core problem is government is not built for change, and that includes changes based on evidence and data. To be sure, change is not easy for any organization.
August 29, 2017: Millennials favor an interdisciplinary approach between government, business, and the social sector. How can they push social impact finance forward?
August 18, 2017: Policy isn’t a panacea; all it does is set the floor. It keeps us from being our worst selves, and doesn’t push us to be better.
August 14, 2017: Public transportation, a system designed to increase access and affordability, should not increase the financial burden for its poorest residents.
July 12, 2017: Congress needs to substantively engage constituents, even as constituents demand transparency and dialogue. Crowdsourcing brings the two together.
July 14, 2017: Effective and relevant solutions to social problems must consider the host of interactions that take place in a system over time.
June 30, 2017: Green taxes prove to be an effective tool for encouraging socially, environmentally, and economically efficient outcomes.
May 19, 2017: To achieve lasting social change, governments need to use smart, effective models that connect private capital to public sector priorities.
May 8, 2017: We are proud to announce the appointment of Adam Neufeld as our newest Fellow, in partnership with the Institute for Technology Policy at Georgetown Law.
April 18, 2017: As fellow students, organizers, business leaders, and policy makers, what movements are you a part of, and what work do you see left do to?
April 3, 2017: How can we rebuild trust in public institutions? While it’s not a silver bullet, deeper engagement at the local level could be the right start. Dr. Hollie Russon-Gilman weighs in.
March 30, 2017: We are thrilled to welcome Obama Administration veteran Carlos Monje Jr. as our Senior Fellow for Policy Innovation. Learn more about the newest addition to our growing team.
By adopting an integrated approach, government – operating as a platform for service delivery – can pursue fundamental, systemic solutions to social problems.
For too long, the policy debate about infrastructure in the United States has been stuck in neutral.
Georgetown University’s Beeck Center Expands Team; Obama Administration Top Official Carlos Monje Jr. Joins as Senior Fellow
I thought, “I didn’t know a place like this existed in Colombia.” But I immediately felt wrong for thinking this. Why wouldn’t a town look like this in Colombia?
The focus on social impact and innovation at the Beeck Center was a major draw for me, but I didn’t know what it meant, not really.
Last week I had a chance to participate in the discussion, focused on accelerating bottom-up innovation at the local level. So why is innovating our infrastructure system at the local level important?
An energetic entrepreneur, an avid activist and a Bob Dylan fan, Paul Schmitz is the Beeck Center’s first Innovator in Residence. This fall, he will lead a series of lectures and activities related to leadership and social innovation, available for the Georgetown community.
This is not about fixing. This is about changing the system. Dr. King called for action and Peter Buffett is also making the same call. We need a completely new way of thinking, new models, new systems and a collective approach from business, government, and social sectors leaders alike to make a dent on the world’s greatest challenges.
When officials at England’s Peterborough Prison got frustrated about the increasing financial and societal cost of re-arresting, re-convicting and re-imprisoning the same people every few years, they turned to a new approach.
It isn’t easy to innovate in governance. However, partly in response to this same citizen disaffection, a new wave of participatory policy reforms is springing up across the United States.
Let me level with you: America is kind of broken.
We all seem to believe that government does not innovate. So the big question is: how can we scale government innovation faster? We have some ideas.
When thinking about technology innovation it is critical to think beyond simply the tool. We need to also think about how a given innovation directly affects and engages citizens. Fortunately governments are working to create spaces for civic engagement.
Welcome back to the continuing series, Warlord Leadership Lessons, your handy how-to guide for advancing practical solutions, in confusing times, to our most vexing social challenges.
Today’s global challenges — climate change, inequality, unemployment and diseases — require philanthropy to take a 21st century approach to investing in solutions that work.
Pay For Success is a model that incentivizes the government, investors, and non-profits to work together to produce better outcomes for our citizens. That would be a positive change on its own, but the model provides an additional benefit because it produces these better outcomes in a way that saves taxpayer dollars.
I came to believe in collective impact from a cognitive dissonance I increasingly experienced during two decades of work in the nonprofit sector.
Here at the Beeck Center we are ready and excited for everything 2015 has in store.
I never thought of failure as a tool for development. It was fascinating to me that leaders could recognize their mistakes, without a constant fear of being judged.
Since then, experience has shown that paying for outcomes is most effective when the goals are near-term, specific, measurable, and meaningful. Put another way, setting an outcome answers the “so what” question of any project.
A new, online guide issued by a broad-based intergovernmental partnership provides a roadmap to improving program effectiveness and leveraging disconnected federal, state, local, and private resources.
We must always be percolating and cultivating social innovation and new solutions. Can Pay for Success models encourage innovation?
If, like me, you follow social impact trends, then you’ve probably been hearing the buzz over government “pay for success” or “pay for performance” models in recent years.
Every day public state and local human service agencies deliver essential social programs to communities across the country.
On behalf of the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation at Georgetown University, I applaud U.S. Representatives Young and Delaney for re-introducing the Social Impact Partnership Act today.
This year’s International Women’s Day theme of “Make It Happen” echoes the sentiment of systematic change, aiming to encourage effective action for advancing and celebrating women.
Like many organizations, we spend most of our time focusing outward, addressing systemic problems that live outside the whiteboard-walls of the Beeck Center.
These women are achieving for maximum impact and disruptive innovations — helping women get back on their feet, investing in businesses that have environmental impact, and creating opportunities for women to grow their businesses.
The SDGs will attempt to change international indicators on policies like poverty and climate change, but they will also have a new goal: to create “responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels.” This goal builds on the democratic innovations around the globe.
We launched our Government Innovation work last summer to drive an action-oriented dialogue on how government, social sector, and philanthropy leaders can reimagine the public sector for the 21st Century.
Building off our work from the past year, we worked with leaders from across the student body and university administration to use design thinking to address questions surrounding sustainability at the Georgetown campus.
The Beeck Center was busy this summer participating in events, expanding our network, and building new relationships across sectors.