About the Author(s)
Stephanie Cosner Berzin, PhD, MSSW, is Assistant Dean, Doctoral Program and an Associate Professor, Boston College School of Social Work. She is Co-Founder and Chair of the Social Innovation + Leadership Program and Co-Director of the Center for Social Innovation.
Humberto Camarena, MSW, is a Professor and Administrator at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile School of Social Work.
"Social Innovation often implies starting new organizations, but Berzin and Camarena show us the power of rethinking and recalibrating existing organizational structures so they can achieve greater impact. To address the complexity of social issues in the 21st century, we need new ways of leading organizations, mobilizing teams, and addressing problems. Berzin and Camarena's 'Nonprofit Innovation' (IN) methodology outlined in the book will support both emerging leaders and long-time leaders to thrive in a new leadership paradigm. By harnessing the power of new leadership mindsets and empowering teams to operate in more creative and collaborative ways, organizations that have been working towards social impact over many years can conceive and advance breakthrough
- Marina Kim, Co-Founder, Ashoka U
"The insights revealed in Innovation from Within have come at the most relevant time for all leadership and managers within not-for profits. Today more than ever, our traditional institutions are disrupting or are in dire need of disruption in order to engage stakeholders and ultimately create impact...So, for the social sector, innovation inside and the development of a culture and new mindset for those operating within it are crucial to addressing society's most solvable problems. As the authors suggest, it is not just the new hero's starting new programs, or social businesses, but the innovators inside of existing structures that can more powerfully co-create more lasting impact with new and expanded partnerships, models, and energy . An important read and a most
- Cheryl Y. Kiser, Executive Director, The Lewis Institute & Babson Social Innovation Lab
"Innovation is often seen as coming from outside of an organization or field. Innovation from Within offers a counterpoint to this misconception, providing techniques for unleashing the innovation potential of nonprofit organizations and others focused on addressing critical social issues."
- James M. Mandiberg, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair, Organizational Management & Leadership, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College