We need a discussion about ideas, innovation, and the need to make bold changes to address some of our toughest challenges. There are many social programs in this country run by nonprofits, social entrepreneurs and others in the social sector that are achieving results, but they face serious challenges -- tighter budgets, lack of access to growth capital, and difficulties retaining talent. The social sector needs change, and it needs it at scale. The government and the private sector need to be engaged in this change. More simply put we need transformative change.
This will require fundamental changes in how social policy is designed and executed. Success in the sector should not just be based on the number of people served, but also on how many people leave the program in a better situation. This will require a wholesale shift in the large sector of providers as well as the way government does its work. It will take bold, thoughtful, and courageous policy makers at all levels of government to change the conversation.