Dear Reader,

The Social Innovations Journal believes that the potential for good ideas to inspire more good ideas cannot be underestimated. The value that entrepreneurs and innovators bring to local communities, regions across the nation, and countries across the world is often, to our collective societal detriment, overlooked.  In response, The Social Innovations Journal chronicles social innovations locally, nationally, and globally.

For this edition of the Journal, titled “Phoenix’s Social Innovations, Enterprises, and Public-Private Partnerships,” we hope to give you a glimpse into the rich and developing social innovations and impact space in Phoenix, Arizona.  We partnered with Social Venture Partners Arizona -- the organization responsible for incubating and curating through its Fast Pitch program, Phoenix’s top-mission, first cohort of social entrepreneurs.  This edition will bring you inside of Arizona’s solution-driven organizations reshaping Arizona’s social landscape through the following articles:

  • Parent Check-in/Check-Out’s publication seeks to bridge the gap between parents and schools to improve student performance by ensuring that every parent has an opportunity to be informed, seek support services, and be involved with their child’s education;
  • Labor’s Community Service Agency (LCSA) has founded a nonprofit, Securing Help In Funding Transportation (SHIFT) that is putting the keys of vehicles in the hands of the working poor;
  • Read Better Be Better (RBBB) is inspiring Arizona’s older youth to help solve the literacy crisis through one-on-one youth mentoring;
  • Pal Experiences helps venues achieve the next level of accessibility for guests with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD); and
  • Arizona Coalition for Military Families has created a public/private partnership, to create a sustainable ecosystem of support for those who serve and their families.

Across the globe there has been a rapid rise in the number of social sector innovators and entrepreneurs who want to pioneer new ways to solve or “move the needle” on the challenges facing societies. They are increasingly deploying the methods of business and private capital to help them do so. These leaders include people who can now tap the markets for finance, in addition to seeking grants from donors and philanthropists who are willing to fund both innovative ideas and businesses driven to achieve measurable social impact. 

We hope this edition will achieve our mission to: inspire new and existing leaders to dream and organizations to evolve; create the space for leaders to tap into their own creativity to innovate; endow leaders with the tools and knowledge to launch and grow their ideas; challenge leaders to become better versions of themselves; and transform leaders and their companies. 

Yours in Innovation,

Nicholas Torres, Co-Founder
Tine Hansen-Turton, Co-Founder