Philanthropy and the Social Economy: Blueprint 2014

Philanthropy and the Social Economy: Blueprint 2014 is an annual industry forecast written by leading philanthropy scholar Lucy Bernholz about the social economy — private capital used for public good.

The Foundation Center and the European Foundation Centre are pleased to again partner with Lucy to offer the Blueprint as a GrantCraft guide. The Blueprint provides an overview of the current landscape, points to major trends, and directs your attention to horizons where you can expect some important breakthroughs in the coming year.

Tweet about this year's Blueprint using #blueprint14.

Highlights

  • Expanding Horizons
  • Insight: Big Shifts that Matter
  • Foresight: Predictions for 2014
  • Hindsight: Previous Forecasts
  • Glimpses of the Future

What's in the Guide?

  • Expanding Horizons: The social economy is one way of thinking about all of the tools we use to apply our private resources for public good. This frame was first introduced in Blueprint 2012 and was explored in greater depth last year, and has focused on the American context. This year, Lucy examines the social economy of Europe to better define this lens and expand understanding.
  • Insight: Big Shifts that Matter: Building from a basic understanding of the social economy, the big shift that matters going forward is positioning that world of enterprises and revenue in a digital frame. This section examines digital civil society through discussions of associations and privacy, ownership and governance, and data as a starting resource. It also makes the case for why this frame matters.
  • Buzzword Watch: Some of the year's most-talked-about ideas and buzzwords that may catch your ear in the year ahead.
  • Foresight: Predictions for 2014: A round-up of predictions about policy, infrastructure, technology-enabled civic engagement, crowdfunding scandal, personal privacy, and e-filing with the IRS.
  • 2014 Wildcards: "Predictable unpredictables" including the nonprofit takeover of city functions, benefit corporations, the European Foundation form, and natural disasters.
  • Hindsight: Previous Forecasts: Lucy's scorecard for her 2013 predictions: 7 right, 3 wrong, 1 with no data, and 1 that was both right and wrong.
  • Glimpses of the Future: Lucy shares thoughts on how civic tech could impact communities and what ethics of data we need to be thinking about.
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    Associations and Privacy Big Shifts that Matter

    In an era of associations of associations and billion- euro (or dollar) foundations, it is easy to lose sight of the most basic level of assembly – two or more private individuals coming together to do something that benefits others (and possibly themselves as well). Doing this – whether to feed the hungry, clean a neighborhood park, perform a play, advocate for better bicycle infrastructure, or protest major government initiatives – requires a certain degree of confidence that we control our choices, that we are not being watched, and that we are, in fact, making private choices to act publicly.

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    Buzzword Watch The top ten buzzwords of 2013

    The list of top ten 2013 buzzwords is intended to capture the gist of the jargon in the year gone by and serve as a guide to terms you’re likely to hear in the next 12 months. Some are meaningful; some are satirical. Some may have lasting implications and be a catchphrase that summarizes an important idea; others will pass by as quickly as they came. Regardless of how you feel about these buzzwords, don’t confuse my inclusion of a particular term as an endorsement or rejection of the idea. I’m the eavesdropper and rapporteur.

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    Data as a Starting Resource Big Shifts that Matter

    Finally, what are the roles of data in digital civil society? When something is digitized, it is translated into binary code – literally, strings of ones and zeros. It doesn’t matter what the original was made out of – music, text, images, human tissue, or even solid steel; in digital form, everything becomes ones and zeros.

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    Foresight Predictions for 2014

    What can we count on happening in the next 12 months? Here’s a list of predictions to watch over the next year.

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    Glossary

    Benefit corporation. A commercial corporation that charters social and/or environmental benefits into its incorporation documents. Developed in 2008, laws allow benefit corporations in about 1/3 of all U.S. states. There is a branded version called a B Corporation.

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    Ownership and Governance Big Shifts that Matter

    The second area of digital civil society that warrants consideration involves questions of ownership and governance. This is particularly important in the social economy, where the defining principles include how the enterprises are governed and owned.

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    Why the Digital Civil Society Frame Matters Insights into the future of civil actions

    Digital civil society is an emergent frame that helps us consider the ways that shifting our civil society actions and behaviors into digital environments will matter in the long term. Each time individuals take civil action with digital tools – texting donations, sharing videos, mapping information on open source platforms for others to use, snapping and sharing photos of protests or movements – we invent digital civil society. The challenge for all of us over the next several years will be to also invent “the rules by which we use these new tools.”

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    Why the Social Economy Frame Matters Expanding our lens

    Why does it matter if we expand our lens from nonprofits and philanthropy to the social economy? Simply put, only the social economy frame captures the full set of options for both donors (those with the financial resources) and doers (entrepreneurs and organization executives).

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    2014 Wildcards Predicting the unpredictable

    In addition to the big shifts that matter and my 2014 predictions, there are several “predictable unpredictables.” Several of the wildcards I included in this list last year did come to pass, including:

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