THE SOCIAL ECOSYSTEM
THE ECOSYSTEM OF CHANGE
Chairman, Lien Centre for Social Innovation
The ecosystem paradigm provides a framework for understanding and influencing the forces of change facing the nonprofit sector.
At the core of the social ecosystem are the social purpose organizations and individuals who are helping their beneficiaries, and the capacity builders who seek to help the helpers. Around them are the individuals and corporations in the community, the media, and the government (including its role as regulator) who collectively provide the resources, support, and scrutiny to ensure that the core players function as intended.
Four key enablers of change—culture, leadership, technology, and finance—have resulted in three broad macro-trends in the social sector: the rise of global civil society and its attendant issues; the acceleration of social change through innovation; and the fusion of ideas, models, and practices of the social and enterprise sectors.