The ‘Must Reads’ on Social Innovation for the month of September!

What did the world do in the name of ‘Social Innovation’ this month? Read the highlights from the awesome recent features in just 10 minutes!


1. Transforming Cities into Learning Landscape.

Kathy Hirsh-Pasek & Roberta Michnick Golinkoff published a beautifully written piece in Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) compiling innovative practices around the world that turn commonly used urban spaces into learning hubs. Designing learning interventions in the most unprecedented spots, from shopping malls to park benches to bus stops, the authors provide a list of ongoing projects to look forward to. Immensely Inspiring I must say, specially in a time when BRAC is planning to host the Urban Innovation Challenge in Bangladesh in few weeks!

Click here to read the complete article!


2. Innovation to include: Wrapping up lessons from the Social Innovation for Refugee Inclusion Seminar 

This is an excellent resource if you’re curious how Social Innovation can solve the growing refugee crisis of the world. On 12 and 13 September, over 250 participants and speakers from all over Europe and beyond gathered in Brussels to discuss strategies of refugee inclusion and propose innovative and collaborative solutions at the Seminar on Social Innovation for Refugee Inclusion.

Click here to read more!


3. Social Innovation Summit 2016

If there is one event to watch out for this year, it surely is this one! The Social Innovation Summit is a twice annual event taking place in Washington, DC and Silicon Valley, that represents a global convening of black swans and wayward thinkers. The registration details are up already!

Check out their site here.


4. Innovative Lessons from the troublesome start of AirBnB

Evolving from just-another-source-for-some-extra-income to a dedicated service designed to meet the unmet demand of the population, AirBnB’s case study wraps up their most important journey with the Y-combinator programme, as they gear up to scale!

Click here to read more!


5. Harvard Business Review: Shaping Culture Through Social Enterprise

Connie Duckworth, the founder of ARZU a social enterprise based in Afghanistan, shares the story behind each step that she took tapping intro the Afghan culture. ARZU is still small in terms of outreach, but the quality impact it has created already (As we learnt from our last Innovation Forum how to measure impact beyond just scale). The intervention ARZU has made, breaks the cultural barriers towards women empowerment, mostly emphasising on the positioning and quality management of the product that the enterprise offers to it’s customers.

As she explains “… we also had to arrange for four-wheel-drive vehicles and chaperones to transport pregnant women to and from clinics… when we began the health care initiative, none of our workers has died in childbirth—in a country with one of the world’s highest maternal death rates…We employed design thinking as we worked on the larger goals of the project. Instead of looking at the problems through our own lens, we tried to understand them from the point of view of users—the rural women we would serve”

A must read! Click here to read the full article!




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Masrura Oishi is an over-thinker and procaffeinator. In her free time, she pretends to be a philosopher and does some development work for BRAC Social Innovation Lab. She invests her insulin pumped energy into reading, writing, traveling and living!

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