Perspectives on Finding and Funding Bold Ideas
November 15, 2018 | Perspectives | 100&Change

Over the last three years, thousands of applicants, judges, individual funders, and foundation staff have contributed time, money, attention, and work towards 100&Change, a global competition for bold solutions to critical problems. This series of articles, published by the Stanford Social Innovation Review and penned by observers, advisors, and peer funders, addresses some of the knowledge drawn from the first round of the competition, as well as the future of philanthropic big bets. As MacArthur’s 100&Change team prepares for the next open call for proposals in early 2019, we are taking the time to summarize, reflect on, and share lessons we and others have learned about supporting solutions at scale.

Seeking Both Problems and Solutions
Jeff Ubois, Senior Program Officer
   

The Promise of Incentive Prizes
Jeff Ubois, Senior Program Officer and Thomas Kalil, Chief Innovation Officer for Schmidt Futures
   

A Competition with Many Winners
Kristen Molyneux, Senior Program Officer
   

Selecting a Pool of Bold Ideas
Anne Ferola, Director of Education and Strategic Partnerships for the Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania and Lindsay Kijewski, 2017 Lipman Family Prize fellow at University of Pennsylvania
   

An Open-Data Approach to Transform Grantmaking
Bradford K. Smith, President of the Foundation Center
   

The Vital Role of Early-Innovation Funders
Carol Dahl, Director of The Lemelson Foundation
   

The Need to Double Down
Michael Feigelson, Executive Director of the Bernard van Leer Foundation and Elvira Theissen is representative refugee response at the Bernard van Leer Foundation
   

Doing Competitions the Right Way
Rochelle Alpert, Partner at Morgan, Lewis & Backius, LLC and Joshua Mintz, Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary at the MacArthur Foundation
   

Making Better Big Bets
Heather McLeod Grant and Alexa Cortès Culwell, Co-Founders of Open Impact

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