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What We’re Reading: Why Social Ventures Need Systems Thinking

New Profit‘s Founder & CEO, Vanessa Kirsch, and Board Chairman, Jeff Walker, published a piece in Harvard Business Review entitled “Why Social Ventures Need Systems Thinking” over the summer. With co-author Jim Bildner of Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, they coin the term “systems entrepreneurs” to characterize a critical element of New Profit’s evolved approach and the future of social problem solving: “The work our entrepreneurs face today is more complex than ever and requires a set of tools and a framework designed to address the complexity inherent when innovations are integrated into existing systems like school districts, welfare agencies, health departments, and corporate structures.” What are your thoughts on systems thinking in social ventures?

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