More good news! Sonal Shah heads US Office of Social Innovation

More good news! Sonal Shah heads US Office of Social Innovation

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More good news regarding big improvements in the way we all help run the US.

Sonal Shah is the real deal, and will lead an effort to get everyone involved who wants to be involved. Difficult task, first step is to get started. Maybe this relates to "a craigslist for service" per the President and also Colin Powell.

White House Appoints Head of Social Innovation Office

Members of President Obama’s transition team proposed creating an Office of Social Innovation to promote government efforts to help
innovative nonprofit groups and social entrepreneurs expand successful approaches to tackling pressing social problems.

The office will no doubt be involved in the Social Innovation Funds pilot program that was just created by the Serve America Act, a national-service bill that will be signed by the president next week. The funds, which will be administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, will provide money for groups that are "developing innovative and effective solutions to national and local challenges."

Ms. Shah was a member of the Obama transition project's advisory board and co-chair of a transition group that made recommendations about technology and innovation, including "innovation and civil society." She is co-founder of Indicorps, a nonprofit group that offers fellowships to Indian-Americans working on development projects in India.

Jane Wales, director of the Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation at the Aspen Institute, praised the new White House office today in a Chronicle online discussion.

"First and foremost it has the opportunity to encourage public-private partnerships aimed at addressing some of the toughest problems we face at home and abroad," she said. In addition, "the office can take a
careful look at U.S. government policies, including tax and regulatory policies, and determine which policies spur innovation, and whether others might needlessly impede innovation.

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