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Lean Startups for Social Change by Michel Gelobter

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Making Change the 21st-Century Way

Making change is hard—even before you start making it.

Whether you’re in a big government agency, you’re confronting a problem in your own community, or you’re just trying to make a difference in a few people’s lives, getting started is a challenge. You convene meetings, make plans, find partners, agonize over the right approach, cajole donors or funding agencies, compromise. You build a model that a lot of people sign on to, you secure funding, and you get started.

The stakes are especially high for making change in the social sector because failure is often not an option. In contrast with the private sector, social innovation requires something harder to get than money—it takes political and social will. ...

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