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Guiding Principles for Change Agents and Network Weavers

Guiding Principles for Change Agents and Network Weavers

These resources are fundamental to the way the DentaQuest Partnership seeks to attain our goals. They are the foundation and framework for our work with grantees and partners. We encourage grantees, grant seekers and others who seek to work with us to become familiar with these ideas and concepts and weave the principles of innovation, networks, and equity into your proposals and communications with us.

Disruptive Innovation

Author: Clayton Christensen
Disruptive innovation, a term coined by Clayton Christensen, describes a process by which a product or service takes root initially in simple applications at the bottom of a market and then relentlessly moves up market, eventually displacing established competitors.

Be Fearless
Be Fearless is the Case Foundation's campaign to ignite a more fearless approach to changemaking. It's a call to take risks, be bold and fail forward to drive innovation in the social sector and encourage individuals to get involved with the communities and causes they care about.

Collective Impact

by John Kania and Mark Kramer  Published in Stanford Social Innovation Review, Winter 2011
Large-scale social change requires broad cross-sector coordination, yet the social sector remains focused on the isolated intervention of individual organizations.

Catalyzing Networks for Social Change: A Funder's Guide

by Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and Monitor Institute, 2011
This is a guide for those who are just beginning to explore and experiment with networks and for those who are further along and want to reflect on their practice.

The Wisdom of Crowds

by James Surowiecki
Random House, 2005.
New Yorker Magazine columnist James Surowiecki explores a deceptively simple idea that has profound implications: large groups of people are smarter than an elite few, no matter how brilliant—better at solving problems, fostering innovation, coming to wise decisions, even predicting the future.

Quality Improvement in the Age of Accountability

Prepared by: Paul Glassman DDS, MA, MBA Professor of Dental Practice, Director of Community Oral Health, and Director of the Pacific Center for Special Care at University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
In January 2012, the DentaQuest Institute and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation hosted leaders in the dental profession, dental education, medicine, government, financing, philanthropy, quality improvement, and consumer advocacy for a dialogue on utilizing a quality improvement framework for ensuring that all people in the United States have access to quality oral health care.

Do More than Give
Do More Than Give: The Six Practices of Donors Who Change the World by Leslie Crutchfield, John Kania, and Mark Kramer  features the stories of foundations and individuals who transcend traditional philanthropy, and illuminates the six catalytic practices that all donors can employ to achieve greater impact.

Change Philanthropy: Candid Stories of Foundations Maximizing Results through Social Justice

Published by Jossey-Bass, 2009
By Alicia Epstein Korten
This groundbreaking book shows how to increase funding for social justice philanthropy. Social justice philanthropy provides direct services to alleviate suffering and works to transform the systems and institutions that cause that suffering. Change Philanthropy offers an insider's view what works and what doesn't work when developing grantmaking strategies in support of social change.