February 2020 Social Impact News and Research Roundup

Alexandra Nemeth

Senior Manager, Content Marketing & Storytelling at MovingWorlds

Google is killing employee activism, but we can join the fight to save it.

The New York Times highlighted the “Great Google Revolt,” a response to Google firing employee activists who were speaking up for a more just and equitable culture and business. This came just weeks after MovingWorlds published its findings that although big-tech companies are battling to be seen as sustainability leaders, actions speak louder than words. We published a guide on how to create a safe place for employees activists, which is one of the most important things that can be done to help create a more sustainable form of capitalism.

Employees on the front-lines are the best poised to create change from within your organization

The ‘Business As Unusual’ report released by Yunus Social Business at the World Economic Forum highlights the promise of intrapreneurship to rewire our economy. Speaking at the From Day One conference in Seattle last month, our CEO shared that “If companies can find ways to let their employees be creative and do more meaningful work, then solutions to some of these large-scale problems may come naturally.”. To help you make the most of this growing opportunity, we published a summary of the best resources for intrapreneurs, including a list of 20 books you should read.

Social innovation is becoming mainstream, but there’s still action to be taken.

The idea of social innovation has taken decades to become mainstream (actually, it’s closer to 600 years), but IDEO shares why we can’t take decades more to act. Georgetown’s Beeck Center for Social Impact analyzed the current state of corporate social impact, and shares four major gaps that the next era of social innovation must address.

Some new advice to scale the impact of your social enterprise

Scaling up social impact projects is hard. Really hard. The Skoll Foundation, USAID, Mercy Corps Ventures, and the Center of the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business have worked in partnership to create the Scaling Pathways series. It’s definitely worth reading.

Career growth and social impact

Looking for support navigating the transition to a career that creates an impact and gives you a sense of purpose? The MovingWorlds Institute Professional Development and Social Impact Fellowship is now open for applications.

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