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  • Arts & Culture: Innovations that improve the vibrancy of arts and culture in society
  • Cities: Social innovations that improve the health and resiliency of cities
  • Civic Engagement: Social innovations that enrich society and enhance democratic participation
  • Economic Development: Social innovations that improve the living standards of the poor
  • Education: Innovations in educational policies, programs, and practices
  • Energy: Innovations in sustainable energy
  • Environment: Innovations in environmental protection and conserving natural resources
  • Food: Innovative ways to increase access to food resources and improve food systems
  • Health: Innovations in health care policies and programs
  • Human Rights: Innovative policies and programs that advance the rights of individuals and communities
  • Security: Innovations that address privacy and civil liberties in the 21st century
  • Social Services: Innovations in public services that promote equity and opportunity
  • Water & Sanitation: Innovative ways to improve access to basic human needs


  • Business: Innovative ways to enhance corporate social responsibility
  • Foundations: New and innovative ideas for leaders of foundations
  • Government: Innovative public sector policies and programs
  • Nonprofits & NGOs: Innovative ideas to help leaders of nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations work more effectively
  • Social Enterprise: Innovative commercial strategies to maximize improvements in human and environmental well-being, rather than solely maximizing profits.


  • Advocacy: Innovative ways to influence public policy
  • Collaboration: Innovative ways organizations can work together to increase their overall reach and efficacy
  • Design Thinking: Innovations in solution-based design techniques that address social problems
  • Funding: New and innovative ideas to help nonprofit leaders raise money, and to help funders and donors give more effectively.
  • Governance: New ideas for building stronger, more engaged boards of directors and other governing bodies
  • Impact investing: Socially responsible investing that produces both financial and social returns
  • Leadership: Innovative ways to develop strong leadership capabilities
  • Measurement & Evaluation: New ways to measure and evaluate the impact an organization’s work has on society
  • Organizational Development: Innovative approaches to internally driven, organization-wide efforts to achieve strategic goals
  • Scaling: Innovative ways nonprofits can increase their reach and social impact
  • Technology: Innovations in technology that serve the world

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  • Features: New and in-depth explorations of solutions to social, environmental, or organizational problems
  • Up for Debate
  • What's Next: New approaches to social change
  • Field Report: Profiles of innovative work
  • Case Study: An inside look at one organization
  • Viewpoint: Insights from the front lines
  • Research: Highlights from scholarly journals
  • Books: Reviews of new and notable titles
  • Q&A: Interviews with social innovation leaders and thinkers
  • Last Look: Images that inspire
  • 10th Anniversary Essays: Sixteen special essays on how the field of social innovation has evolved and what challenges remain ahead.

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