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Someone refinishing a piece of furniture

Jeff Kaplan saw a problem with the toxins in the stuff in our homes, so he and his partners began selling toxin-free home furnishings. His vision is to transform the industry.

Photo courtesy of New Living

Dave Odom: Chasing problems is a key to social innovation

Innovation begins with carefully listening to a community and defining the problems it’s facing. Then social innovators act, learning from failure and building on success, writes the executive director of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.

Paul Grogan with schoolchildren

Paul S. Grogan, president of the Boston Foundation, visits with students in a school supported by the foundation, which  works with community members, state and local governments, and other institutions to improve health and vitality of greater Boston.
Images courtesy of the Boston Foundation

Paul S. Grogan: How a community foundation becomes a civic leader

The Boston Foundation envisions its role as more than just a philanthropy; it also serves as a civic leader, says the foundation president in this Q&A.

Two men talking in a classroom

Photo by Loren Warkentin/Northwest Baptist Seminary

Kent Anderson: A mastery model for theological education

Northwest Baptist Seminary in Vancouver collaborated with its denomination and churches to create Immerse, an M.Div. program built on a set of outcomes that are learned and practiced in the church. In this Q&A, the president talks about the program and the process that produced it.

Two boys eat lunch at the Cy Hope Center

The nonprofit Cy-Hope has opened two Hope Centers, where 50-80 kids stop by after school each week to have a safe, fun place to hang out and get help with their homework.
Images courtesy of Cy-Hope

A Houston church supports its community by helping schoolchildren

Members of Foundry UMC discovered deep needs in the seemingly prosperous suburb where the church is located. They responded by creating a nonprofit that has helped thousands of economically disadvantaged children.

Kevah Teaching Fellowship cohort

Kevah supports small group learning by matching interested groups of people with trained Jewish educators. Some of these teachers are trained by Kevah, others already are professionals. Here the Kevah teaching fellowship cohort gathers with Kevah founder Sara Bamberger (in red headscarf) and Rabbi David Kasher (right front).
Photos by Laura Turbow

Kevah offers a DIY approach to Jewish millennials

A startup in California has adapted the small group model to Jewish life, offering support for people to study ancient texts in community. The approach is attracting both young and old, the unaffiliated as well as synagogue members.

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Julia Groom: Buildings for a new tomorrow

At a time when the Episcopal Church and other denominations are closing churches, the Episcopal Church Building Fund has expanded its mission to help distressed congregations think in new ways about their buildings and the future of the church, says the fund president.

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Traditioned Innovation

Leadership Education at Duke Divinity teaches a way of thinking that holds the past and future in tension, not in opposition.
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