I was recently sent a link to an article by Dorothy Stoneman and J.B. Schramm entitled Superman Isn’t Waiting in the Wings, But Social Innovators Are – it’s definitely worth a read. I tried to add a comment but the blog must have a quality filter that sorted out the wheat from the chaff :) For what it’s worth here is my take on their ideas.
“Fascinating article about the inspiring impact of YouthBuild and College Summit. Not sure, however, if I completely buy the idea that governments simply need to unleash the “superpower” of individuals/organizations, particularly those in nonprofits. First, I’m not convinced that social innovators generally, and nonprofits in particular, are waiting ready for when governments engage. The diversity of nonprofit missions/capabilities/size alone mean that their “superpowers” are not only limited but often contested. Education is full of nonprofits with very different philosophies/goals which become an issue when talking about scaling up.