Innovation, Invention and Design

Foundations like to talk about innovation. But how does it happen? Maybe we're looking at the wrong thing. The May 2004 edition of Technology Review, the MIT Journal of Technology (and my father's alumni magazine that I learned to love as a kid) is all about the processes and practices of invention.

Similarly, designers know to how to design new things. Take a quick look at the June 2004 issue of Fast Company, or I.D. Magazine, and you'll learn more about design than one ever could from reading social policy journals or philanthropy magazines. We need to expand our reading lists if we're going to find analogs and methods for social investing.

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