This Little World

A how-to guide for social innovators.

Authors: Michael J. Halvorson, Shelly Cano Kurtz
Foreword: Jeff and Tricia Raikes
Published: August 21, 2024
ISBN: 978-1032708928
Publisher: Routledge
Length: 192 pages

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This Little World

 A How-To Guide for Social Innovators

Our planet has never been smaller. Technological advancements have compressed time and space, making the world more immediate and interconnected. But a shrinking planet is not without its challenges: climate change, food shortages, pollution, and war are persistent headwinds. We need strategies and tools that promote stability and growth, and we need technology that is more inclusive, trusted, and focused on community goals.

This Little World seeks to inspire those who wish to explore the rich and rewarding world of social innovation. It’s a practical, step-by-step guide to innovation opportunities that will enrich an organization’s capacity for transformation and impact. With insights from leading social innovators, This Little World demonstrates how “tech for good” organizations are using social innovation strategies, emerging tools, and sustainable practices to support environmental causes, humanitarian initiatives, accessibility, and more.

This guidebook is for technologists, leaders, and employees in the social impact sector, as well as anyone with aspirations for purpose-driven outcomes in their work. Corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and students alike can learn from this new model of innovation, where it is possible to do good and do well.

Subject categories: Social Impact, Social Entrepreneurship, Management of Technology & Innovation, Leadership, Education, Business Ethics, Sustainability, Vocation.

Meet The Authors

Michael

Michael

Co-author

Michael Halvorson, Ph.D., is a professor of business history and innovation who writes and teaches about digital transformation and public interest technology. He was an early employee at Microsoft, contributing to the development of Microsoft Press, Visual Studio, and Microsoft Office. He is currently Director of Innovation Studies and Benson Family Chair of Business and Economic History at Pacific Lutheran University. Halvorson is the author of 40 books about history and technology, and he served for ten years as an executive leader at Compass Housing Alliance, a social impact organization in Seattle.

Shelly

Shelly

Co-author

Shelly Cano Kurtz is a social entrepreneur and consultant who has founded numerous social innovation organizations and initiatives, including a social impact incubator, an evidence management solution for nonprofits and government agencies, and a data insights platform for entrepreneurs who are creating public interest technology. She is also an advisor for Concordia, a bi-partisan organization dedicated to building cross-sector partnerships, and the Center for Workforce Inclusion, a nonprofit focused on workforce development for older Americans. Kurtz has been involved in over 200 go-to-market campaigns and regularly serves as a mentor for social innovators in the U.S.

      

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