December 4, 2013
This report is an annual industry forecast written by leading philanthropy scholar Lucy Bernholz about the social economy -- private capital used for public good. The Foundation Center and the European Foundation Centre are pleased to again partner with Lucy to offer this report as a GrantCraft guide. It provides an overview of the current landscape, points to major trends, and directs your attention to horizons where you can expect some important breakthroughs in the coming year.What's in the Guide?Expanding Horizons: The social economy is one way of thinking about all of the tools we use to apply our private resources for public good. This frame was first introduced in Blueprint 2012 and was explored in greater depth last year, and has focused on the American context. This year, Lucy examines the social economy of Europe to better define this lens and expand understanding.Insight: Big Shifts that Matter: Building from a basic understanding of the social economy, the big shift that matters going forward is positioning that world of enterprises and revenue in a digital frame. This section examines digital civil society through discussions of associations and privacy, ownership and governance, and data as a starting resource. It also makes the case for why this frame matters.Buzzword Watch: Some of the year's most-talked-about ideas and buzzwords that may catch your ear in the year ahead.Foresight: Predictions for 2014: A round-up of predictions about policy, infrastructure, technology-enabled civic engagement, crowdfunding scandal, personal privacy, and e-filing with the IRS.2014 Wildcards: "Predictable unpredictables" including the nonprofit takeover of city functions, benefit corporations, the European Foundation form, and natural disasters.Hindsight: Previous Forecasts: Lucy's scorecard for her 2013 predictions: 7 right, 3 wrong, 1 with no data, and 1 that was both right and wrong.Glimpses of the Future: Lucy shares thoughts on how civic tech could impact communities and what ethics of data we need to be thinking about.