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Service in St. John the Evangelist monastery

The Society of Saint John the Evangelist, an Episcopal monastery in Harvard Square, offers worship and hospitality to visitors. In addition, the organization has become a creator and distributor of free online resources to guide spiritual formation.
Photos courtesy of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist

Ancient practices meet new technology when Episcopal monks share wisdom online

The Society of St. John the Evangelist monks -- who don’t use social media themselves -- have developed a worldwide following by offering spiritual guidance on the Internet.

Katie Boody doing a presentation about Lean Lab

Lean Lab events focus on asking questions and coming up with solutions from people at the bottom of the flowchart, an approach that has helped open up a large institution to new ideas.
Photos courtesy of The Lean Lab

Innovation incubator empowers teachers and others to create change in Kansas City schools

By encouraging innovation, The Lean Lab shows that change is possible even in large institutions. The nonprofit is creating an interdisciplinary community among people who often feel isolated and expected to do the impossible.

Antique spinning wheel

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Gretchen E. Ziegenhals: Everything old is new again

As Christian leaders, how can we recognize and honor both the new and innovative and the old that grounds and roots the new? A managing director at Leadership Education at Duke Divinity ponders this when she sells an antique spinning wheel.

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.

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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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