These days, a lot of us talk big about failure. Some funders are pushing for more transparency so that money can be allocated more effectively. Harvard Business Review recently published an entire issue of the magazine on failed companies, technologies, and innovations. And young people are beginning to take more risks, some that may lead to some big fails, to help find a career with meaning.

For social innovators, the fear of failure is always lurking in the background. But without the possibility of failure, there is no chance for breakthrough innovation, for that game-changing idea to come into being. Shine a light on failure. Embrace it. Learn from it, and look for the solutions in it.

The feed below features our recent thinking and activity on failure. We encourage you to your add your voice to the conversation.

To Change the World, Fear Means Go

To Change the World, Fear Means Go



It's exactly the advice your mother didn't give you, unless your mom was a rule-breaker like my mine. Fear means go. This was one of my mom's favorite principles. Read more.



Van Jones Continues to Drive Change Through Fourth Social Venture

Van Jones Continues to Drive Change Through Fourth Social Venture




1994 Echoing Green Fellow Van Jones, best selling author and formerly part of the Obama White House, continues to drive positive economic change through his fourth social venture.Read more.



The Buzz 5-11-12

The Buzz 5-11-12




Our quick read on the top tweets, news, and buzz circulating in the field of changemaking. This past week: the lack of women with board seats, rookie mistakes, and should "westerners" step in to make a difference in Africa?Read more.



The Buzz 5-4-12

The Buzz 5-4-12




Our quick read on the top tweets, news, and buzz circulating in the field of changemaking. This past week: adopting mentors, perfecting the art of the ask, finding the right way to measure impact, and discovering your power in your purpose.Read more.



If You Fail, Fail Forward: Interview with AmeriCorps Alums Director

If You Fail, Fail Forward: Interview with AmeriCorps Alums Director




"My earliest memory about a career aspiration was probably the 1984 LA Summer Olympics and wanting to be Mary Lou Retton or Carl Lewis." Says Ben Duda, executive director of Americorps Alums.Read his Heart at Work Interview.



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