Dip into Scaling

You may either know or be an entrepreneur working for positive social change. Social entrepreneurs experiment with very effective social change projects or programs for the benefit of individual and/or communities. But when they begin to search for opportunities to increase their impact, they often hit significant barriers usually related to the idea of scale.

On the topic of scaling out, Steve Davis writes (in “Social Innovation: A Matter of Scale“):

“Identifying and scaling our best solutions has become the sector’s most important challenge. To meet that challenge, we can no longer evaluate programs simply based on how well they’ve performed in a given locality. Instead, we need to factor in their potential to achieve scale.”

The SiG partnership has focused mostly on scaling up; how we can influence the broadest scale in which system problems exist. Watch this video of Frances Westley speaking about the relationship between scale and social innovation. She and her team of student researchers explored a collection of case studies to share new ideas about how scaling up and out requires different strategies for different kinds of organizations.

If you are interested in the original paper that this presentation is based on, you will find it below.