Designing a Social Innovation Ecosystem

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Baltimore has seen exponential growth in its social mission sector over the last ten years. A local entrepreneur speaks about Baltimore not lacking a culture for social enterprise, but rather lacking a supportive ecosystem to nurture and catalyze this emerging culture. Over the past six months I've worked with organizers to build this supportive ecosystem; providing a social design perspective. Social design serves as glue that aggregates knowledge, visualizes impact, identifies barriers, and identifies opportunities for collaboration. My work has manifested around three initiatives.

Amanda Allen
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May 31, 2013
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Baltimore is home to 50+ social ventures, 15+ monthly meet-ups, and 20+ annual events aiming to connect local brain-power and talent in an effort to grow innovation. While short-lived connections are made, the city lacks a structured, supportive ecosystem that will foster cross-sector collaboration and large-scale change.


I’m partnering with local entrepreneurs to build this ecosystem in 3 ways: 1) Creating a physical hub for social innovation 2) Leveraging the institutional capital of MICA Social Design and Johns Hopkins Social Innovation 3) Offering social design programming to the social entrepreneurship community