Take 5! Here are five social innovation links we are clicking on today:

  1. Mike Bloomberg: Bloomberg Philanthropies and Harvard launch first-ever executive leadership program for mayors and city leaders "This week, Bloomberg Philanthropies and Harvard University convened the inaugural class of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative. A first-of-its-kind collaboration, Bloomberg Philanthropies has brought together Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and its business school to help mayors become even stronger leaders. We spoke with Bloomberg Philanthropies CEO Patti Harris, Harvard Business School Dean Nitin Nohria, and Harvard Kennedy School Dean Douglas Elmendorf about how the initiative got started and why it matters."
  2. The Atlantic: Schools Are Missing What Matters About Learning "Curiosity is underemphasized in the classroom, but research shows that it is one of the strongest markers of academic success."
  3. Stanford Social Innovation Review: Community Engagement Matters (Now More Than Ever) "Data-driven and evidence-based practices present new opportunities for public and social sector leaders to increase impact while reducing inefficiency. But in adopting such approaches, leaders must avoid the temptation to act in a top-down manner. Instead, they should design and implement programs in ways that engage community members directly in the work of social change."
  4. iNACOL: Maximizing Competency Education and Blended Learning: Insights from Experts "This report includes information on implementing blended, competency-based education. It discusses the implications of personalized learning as a main pillar of school design, structured around ensuring equity and quality." New Profit is a proud partner and funder of iNACOL
  5. The Hechinger Report: New Study Reveals Cities Where Low-Income Students are Doing Best "When it comes to educating students from urban low-income families, according to a new study, one state leads the pack. And it’s one you might not expect."