Big problems require lots of people (and resources) looking for patterns of disruption. Yet traditional philanthropy tends to be risk averse. This can be a conundrum — one that women may be particularly well positioned to solve.
Women now own most wealth in the U.S. and make most giving decisions. I believe we can be a bit curious about investments with a social impact, new models for social impact and, especially, creativity and disruption. Evidently, I’m not alone.
I recently read two articles, both in the Harvard Business Review, on women challenging the status quo. Tara Mohr (entrepreneur, author and member of Catalytic Women) spoke about the challenges of “good girls” (Haven’t we all been, or wanted to be, at some time or another??) learning to be disruptive.
And what about Mukti Khaire’s new Harvard MBA course about Creative High-Impact Ventures profiling entrepreneurs who changed the world in six “culture industries”: fashion, publishing, art/architecture/design, film, music, and food. Perhaps social entrepreneurs have a lot in common with serial entrepreneurs, who must persist until they succeed.
Collaboration plays into creativity and disruption in a big way. Khaire talks about the 4Cs. “Commentary influences Culture, which influences what we Consume, which is influenced by what is actually out there in the market [Commerce]. If you can shift one of these elements you can actually create a new market.” Her HBS colleague and author Amy Edmondson says “using thoughtful design to solve big problems in the world… I became interested in how people come together and work together to innovate, to problem-solve, to do better things.”
If you’re looking for ways to collaborate for social impact, here are a few ideas:
- Be part of a collaborative event — let us create a panel on your favorite issue or organization, or come listen & learn.
- Join the only nationwide network of women funding social impact at any level and to every issue area. It’s free.
- Help financial advisors create the content that women want on leveraging their wealth, intellect and values.
- Attend an upcoming event on social impact. (See the full calendar in our members’ only online library.)
- Think like a serial entrepreneur and create disruptive change. Share your story of creating change. (Read some of our favorite articles on disruptive women, below.)
- Read more ideas on collaborating
I’m looking forward to collaborating with you to innovate, problem-solve, create and disrupt.