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Allison Fine says Fed's Office of Social Innovation is Sooooo 1998

Alison fine added a very interesting, thoughtful post to her blog on Wednesday, titled “Fed’s Office of Social Innovation is Sooooo 1998.” It begins…

Yesterday, Michelle Obama announced the creation of a new White House Office of Social Innovation intended to invest $50 million in innovative nonprofit efforts.

This effort will be spearheaded by Sonal Shah, the former head of global development at Google, Inc. (FYI: I do LOVE the fact that this is being driven largely by these amazing women!)

The First Lady explained the effort this way:  “By focusing on high-impact, results-oriented nonprofits, we will ensure that government dollars are spent in a way that is effective, accountable and worhty of the public trust.”

Ugh. It’s almost hard to know where to start in critiquing this, but here I go.

Read the rest of the article (and be sure to check out the comments).

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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