Why Proven Solutions Struggle to Scale Up

Our world faces many big challenges, from disastrous weather patterns, to refugees without homes, to increasing inequality. To tackle these problems, we need to scale big ideas and unleash the power of social innovation. Fortunately, the opportunity for impact mirrors the immensity of the need. There are countless solutions and social innovators mobilizing to solve some of society’s most pressing problems. Unfortunately, many social innovations fail because they are unable to bridge the “stagnation chasm” — where proven ideas get stuck before they are able to maximize their impact.

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Scaling Solutions toward Shifting Systems

Realizing that the world’s pressing challenges are becoming more complex, many philanthropic funders are reflecting on how to create more transformational impact.

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Beatrice “Buddy” Cummings Mayer z"l

The JFN community mourns the passing of member Beatrice "Buddy" Cummings Mayer, who died last Saturday at the age of 97.

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Rivers, Rain, and Morality (Sukkot 5779)

Is there a relationship between Israel’s dependence on rain and the traits and values we developed as a people?

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Ari Fuld z"l

The JFN community mourns Ari Fuld z”l, murdered earlier this week.

Ari Fuld z"l

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Strategic Philanthropy and Vintage Tzedaka

Even the most advanced Jewish philanthropic portfolio, should have an allocation of “vintage Tzedaka”, which is earmarked to sustain the weakest and neediest of our communities. 

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Apes and Angels (Rosh Hashanah 5779)

We’re still in the Stone Age. Or rather, our minds are.                                 

I’m not kidding. The human brain has evolved very little since we were hunter-gatherers in the African savanna and it still uses the same adaptive behaviors that we learned escaping from lions and looking for edible berries.  

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Now More Than Ever: Join The Social Venture Fund for Jewish-Arab Equality and Shared Society

As co-chairs of the Social Venture Fund for Jewish-Arab Equality and Shared Society, we are more convinced than ever that our work is critical to the future of a Jewish and democratic Israel.

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A Year After Charlottesville: White Supremacism, America, and the Jews

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AVI CHAI Spend-Down Reports

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