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The USA now has a Social Innovation Office

It’s now official: Sonal Shah, former head of global development at, the search-engine company’s philanthropic arm, is head of the new White House Office of Social Innovation.

The Office of Social Innovation is under the  Domestic Policy Council.

It’ll be interesting to see what comes out of here in the coming years…


September 4, 2009 - Posted by | Business Development, Entrepreneurship, Inspiration, Life, Social Enterprise, Sustainable Community Development | , ,


  1. Do you think we’ll get new, more favorable, treatment of social enterprises?

    Comment by alevinson | September 8, 2009 | Reply

    • I wish I could give a more confident yes, but I can’t right now and I think that has to do with us as practioners of community economic development. Those of us working specificly on social enterprise development have to show some results with the miminum resources we have right now. I think once we have developed more success stories we can bring more attention and funding our way. Governments are always slow to react, but everybody wants to be on a hot and rolling band wagon. (At least we can say the seed has been planted)

      If you know of any great success stories in the states, or have any ideas please do share. We have an organization called enterprising non-profits based out of Vancouver Canada and they have a directory of all the social enterprises across Canada. If your looking for ideas or some resources that could be good for you as well.

      Comment by Son of Five Rivers | September 11, 2009 | Reply

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