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We’ve been paying close attention to developments in the practice of open-sourcing social change this month. We’re happy to share a perspective from one of our members, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, along with a number of other articles recommended by Living Cities staff this week.

Open-Sourcing Social Change

Four Ways to Spread Ideas - Nicole L. Dubbs & Kerry Anne McGeary, Stanford Social Innovation Review

My recommendation! The Robert Wood Johnson foundation shared four pieces of advice on how to influence people and spread ideas. Their approach aligns well with the way Living Cites’ thinks about “open sourcing social change.” In particular, Nicole and Kerry note that, while these suggestions may seem intuitive to some, “capturing and consolidating common-sense approaches and bright-spot examples can serve as an instructive, integrated set of considerations for foundations and nonprofits to explore as they make choices about how to invest in various activities.”

Racial Equity and Inclusion

Diversity in the Social Sector - UnSectored Series

UnSectored just finished their series on diversity in the social sector. The series explored strategies to help the sector build more equitable, inclusive, sustainable communities for social change. It also examined ways that the social sector can make commitments to better reflect the communities we serve.

Recommended by Jeff Raderstrong, Program Associate, The Integration Initiative

Municipal Government

No Smoke, No Mirrors: The Dutch Pension Plan - Mary Williams Walsh, The New York Times

Just a few years ago, unfunded pensions became a crisis in local government. As local governments struggled to keep their pension systems solvent, it became nearly impossible for them to innovate, and as governments negotiated their way out of the crisis, many municipal workers had to take cuts in benefits. One way to avoid a repeat of this crisis is for cities to adopt more stringent standards for funding and planning for pensions. This New York Times article looks at the Dutch pension system, perhaps the best in the world at fulfilling its obligations.

Recommended by Tamir Novotny, Senior Program Associate, Public Sector Innovation

Education and Workforce

Closing the Skills Gap Among America’s Youth - Chauncy Lennon, The Aspen Institute Blog

In this blog, the second in a series, Chauncy Lennon, Senior Vice President, Workforce Development, Global Philanthropy, at JPMorgan Chase gives his perspective as a funder in collective impact initiatives. He emphasizes the importance of closing the skills gap for opportunity youth.

Recommended by Juan Sebastian Arias, Program Associate, Collective Impact

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