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Social innovation prizes: who really wins?

Social innovation prizes spur social innovation, right? Well, sometimes they do, and their winners keep winning. Other times they don’t, and we all wonder, “What was the point of that?” Let’s assess the good, the bad and the ugly… the winners, the losers and the choosers. In 2009, I entered the We Media PitchIt! Challenge – a competition […]

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Dump the innovation prizes?

In August 2013, Kevin Starr blogged controversially in the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) that innovation prizes should be “dumped”, or at least massively reworked. Some of his criticisms: Competitions drain an already resource- deprived sector. They waste masses of time, generating many losers and thousands of lost hours for social change agents. There is […]

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