At this past weekend’s 9th Annual Clinton Global Initiative University Meeting (CGI U), we announced the launch of the Impact Library, a new digital resource bank. The Library currently features more than 2,500 resources covering a wide range of topics – from best practices in impact measurement to the use of big data in the social sector and effective storytelling. Some of the resources are peer-reviewed academic journal articles, others toolkits put together by people working in the social impact space. We hope the Library will be useful to the more than 8,500 CGI U alums, our partners, and anyone working to achieve a meaningful, measurable, positive change.
This past weekend, I had the privilege of moderating a conversation at CGI U on the importance of designing for unintended consequences as part of any global development or social impact initiative – and responding to unintended, unforeseen, and unexpected outcomes as opportunities when they arise (even in the best-designed programs). I was joined by Premal Shah, co-founder of Kiva.org; Caitlin Powers, co-founder of One Earth Designs; Mohammed Barrie, co-founder and chief strategic officer at Wellbody Alliance; Raj Shah, a Distinguished Fellow at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and our nation’s 16th USAID Administrator; and Laura Tyson, dean of the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Our discussion focused on how to learn from whatever walls we confront in our efforts to make a positive difference in sustainability, global health, poverty alleviation, or any other area where we’re drawn to make (or to try to make) a positive impact. We also talked a lot about – from our own experiences and observations – the imperative of engaging from the very beginning the communities where we hope to make a difference and to listen from the beginning and throughout our work to the people we’re hoping to empower.
A focus on empowerment, dignity, and community engagement are core to our work at the Clinton Foundation. We also believe strongly in developing programs and partnerships that reflect what we know about what works – or work to prove what can be possible, and we are committed to measuring our results so we know where we are succeeding and where we could do better. We’ll be using the Impact Library to inform our work and we hope it informs yours. We also hope you will let us know what you think we’re missing and suggest resources that we can, and should, add.
Please check out the Impact Library and let us know what you think.