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

  1. Brookings: Opportunity For Growth: How Reducing Barriers to Economic Inclusion Can Benefit Workers, Firms, and Local Economies
    "Inclusive growth remains the exception rather than the rule in most of America’s metropolitan areas. Local communities will have a better chance of addressing today’s defining economic challenge if it is reframed as one affecting both employers and workers. This report, Opportunity for growth, aims to do that by exploring the connection between economic inclusion and growth in U.S. metro areas, the implications for businesses and workers, and how regional economic strategies can eliminate barriers that are hindering inclusive growth."
  2. The Boston Globe: 5 Ways K-12 Schools Are Changing Longstanding Teaching Methods
    "At Revere High, one senior used resources from the learning commons to create an app so freshmen could find their way around the school. During a typical school day in the learning commons, students might huddle in small groups around Chromebooks or interact with teachers in the writing center. After classes end for the day, students, sometimes accompanied by parents (or even grandparents), gather in the commons, where they might use sewing machines to make quilts for those in need. Librarian Lyn Holian says it has remade the way kids learn, and gives working parents another way to connect with the school. 'I don’t know how you do that without a space like this, where you could meet together and teach,' Holian says." BUILD is a past New Profit portfolio organization.
  3. ABC 7 Chicago: South Side Training Center Opens to Boost Economic Development
    "An old South Side building, which was formerly a Walgreens, is now home to the new Project H.O.O.D. Leadership and Economic Opportunity Center. The center, located at 6330 S. King Drive, will offer a business innovation incubator and co-working space, as well as job skills and training for small businesses and community organizations. The project is the brainchild of Corey Brooks, pastor of New Beginnings Church."
  4. Frederick Hutson on LinkedIn: Drug trafficking to Tech: My Startup Story
    "I have always had a high tolerance for risk. At 23 I was arrested and sentenced to federal prison for running a marijuana distribution organization with 'operations' across 2 countries and 4 states. Yes, my first major stint in business was illegal, but it was the operation of that business and consequent prison sentence that developed and honed my business acumen, prepping me for the entrepreneurial marathon I am running today."
  5. Houston Chronicle: Minorities, Americans Without College Degrees Showed Greatest Gains in Wealth
    "Americans who were left behind as the country pulled out of the Great Recession - African-Americans, Hispanics and people without college degrees - saw large gains in net worth in the last three years, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday. But the improvements did not make up for deepening economic inequality: The share of America's income held by the top 1 percent of households reached 24 percent in 2016, a record high, and the median net worth of white households, at $171,000, was nearly 10 times larger than for black households."