by Joshua Avedon and Shawn Landres “Apple is regularly voted the most innovative company in the world,” writes The Economist in its January 30 edition, “but …rather than developing entirely new product categories, it excels at taking existing, half-baked ideas and showing the rest of the world how to do them properly.” Creating economic value - or, beyond the corporate world, social value - isn’t always about big ideas, nor new ones. … [Read more...] about The Next Big New Idea is Neither Big Nor New. Discuss.
eJewish Philanthropy is partnering with five other media outlets and the Jewish Federations of North America on a project to publicize new ideas for improving the Jewish nonprofit landscape. In February, we will join with The Fundermentalist @ JTA, The Sisterhood @ The Forward, Jewcy, Jewschool, 31 Days, 31 Ideas and The Jewish Federations. Together, we will publish one new idea per day from a total of 28 Jewish thinkers across the Jewish … [Read more...] about 28 Days, 28 Ideas: The Conversation Continues
by Gary Wexler Just when the bureaucratic and risk-averse culture of the Jewish nonprofit sector was unraveling my love of the organized Jewish world, along comes the book Start Up Nation. Reading it has been like an adrenaline shot, allowing me to recapture the hyper-excited hope and dreams that drive my passion for this work. Start Up Nation is about how a once backwater Israel created a globally influential hi-tech sector emerging as the … [Read more...] about Is Start-Up Nation Also the Big Lesson for the Jewish Nonprofit Sector?
In a recent JTA op-ed piece, Adene Sacks of the Jim Joseph Foundation shared a critical insight about the state of philanthropy and Jewish innovation. One the one hand, social entrepreneurs need support that “nurtures these early stage ventures into maturity and supports the growth of individual entrepreneurs into full leadership.” On the other hand, funders have become more strategic in their grantmaking, using grants primarily to achieve … [Read more...] about Building a Thriving Innovation Ecosystem
It’s that time of year again - the days are shorter and colder, and across cultures people huddle together with family members, and brighten the dark evenings with orbs of light. Chanukah is upon us. We eat latkes and jelly donuts to remember the oil that miraculously lasted in the ancient temple. We light candles each night, increasing light and holiness in the world. We remember the miraculous victory of the few against the many, and celebrate … [Read more...] about Spinning