Stephen Goldsmith's "The Power of Social Innovation"

The Power of Social Innovation

How Civic Entrepreneurs Ignite Community Networks for Good

Stephen Goldsmith
Daniel Paul Professor of Government Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation


The Power of Social Innovation provides tools for civic entrepreneurs to create healthier communities and promote innovative solutions to public and social problems. It features illustrative case studies of civic leaders and entrepreneurs and the catalyzing role each plays in transforming a community’s social service delivery systems. Based on the author's experience, extensive research, and interviews with more than 100 top leaders from the public, private and nonprofit sectors, The Power of Social Innovation offers public officials, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and citizens the insights and strategies to produce extraordinary social change.

Notable Quotes

“When it comes to doing good, Stephen Goldsmith is as disruptive an innovator as we've seen.”
— Clayton M. Christensen, Harvard Business School

“Essential reading for anyone wanting to understand the messy but invigorating ways in which creative individuals work both with and against big systems to change the world”
— Geoff Mulgan, Director, The Young Foundation

“Goldsmith guided us in Florida on our successful faith-based initiatives. His bold approaches continue to inspire public officials and community groups alike with keys to activating citizens and expanding opportunity for all.”
— Jeb Bush, former Governor, Florida

“It has been a great pleasure to work with Steve Goldsmith. His work with us at America's Promise and all of his other diligent efforts are so well reflected in this book. The Power of Social Innovation reminds each of us in government, philanthropy, the nonprofit community and as private citizens that we can and must work together to ensure the full fulfillment of the American Dream and to ensure the success of our most precious resource, our children.”
— Alma J. Powell, chair, America’s Promise Alliance

“Goldsmith provides a useful toolkit for entrepreneurial public executives and innovative nonprofits and foundations. His research encourages transformative social change by advocating a shift in focus from direct services to citizens to building new, higher performance networks of public, private and nonprofit organizations.”
— Mark R. Warner, United States Senator, Virginia

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