Philanthropy and the Social Economy: Blueprint 2014

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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.

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

"What distinguishes the European social economy from its American counterpart is its emphasis on values and governance practices."

"The adoption of digital practices has the potential to change the root structures of work in the social economy, both associational and philanthropic."

"There is the opportunity to establish a new standard of trust regarding how private data are used for public benefit within digital civil society."

"Cities provide data that coders use to build apps that give public transit riders arrival and departure times. Clean air advocates then reuse the data from these apps, along with open mapping software, to propose new bike routes."


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