News and Insights

As part of our mission to help changemakers work more strategically to solve large-scale social problems, the Foundation for Inclusion (FFI) is dedicated to showing how new developments in the issues we work on are connected to big-picture trends: What does today's news imply for whether we can collectively achieve our ultimate goal? What does new research add to what we already know about how these problems get solved?

Here we offer news about the Foundation for Inclusion as well as these big-picture insights. Come back here weekly or subscribe to our newsletter to get updates sent to your inbox.

[Training] No Data, No Problem: Extracting Insights from
 Data-Poor Environments

By Bob Lamb, CEO & Co-Founder | January 10, 2019

It’s an article of faith among social impact leaders that you need good data if you want to build models or design programs that solve hard problems. For many of the most challenging problems, however, there simply is no data available, or at least not enough of the kind of data needed to plan or…

[Training] Systems Change for Social Impact: Sustainable Results and the Social Action Life Cycle

By Bob Lamb, CEO & Co-Founder | January 10, 2019

Large-scale social change is so hard that few people working for social good can focus on more than a small part of the bigger problem. The result: year after year, the problem persists, root causes are never fully addressed, and people working to solve it resign themselves to short-term fixes and partial solutions. In this…

[Training] Getting Over Ourselves: How Our Own Systems for Aid and Impact Hold Back Success

By Bob Lamb, CEO & Co-Founder | January 10, 2019

The world’s greatest challenges—climate change, social conflict, species extinction, human trafficking, homelessness—are caused by what scientists call complex systems, where a large number of interacting components (social groups, emotions, technologies, beliefs, money, natural resources, etc.) make it very difficult to find lasting solutions. But even when people take that complexity seriously enough to identify promising…

[Training] Zoned Out: Hidden Risks for Communities and 
 Investors in Opportunity Zones

By Bob Lamb, CEO & Co-Founder | January 10, 2019

Opportunity Zones, created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, are touted as a win-win: in return for generous tax breaks, investors finance community-development projects in neighborhoods facing economic challenges. There is already some concern, however, that wealthy investors will end up with convenient tax havens without actually improving the lives of lower- and middle- income…

We Built Momentum in 2018

By Bob Lamb, CEO & Co-Founder | December 31, 2018

Happy new year, everyone! This past year has seen us build momentum on a number of fronts: We’re very excited that Arpitha Peteru became the Foundation for Inclusion’s President and cofounder, bringing with her years of experience in consulting, coalition building, and philanthropy focused on social justice, hate speech, and violence prevention, among other talents. We…

What Problem Does FFI Solve?

By Bob Lamb, CEO & Co-Founder | March 10, 2018

Along with “What exactly… IS the Foundation for Inclusion?” the question of what problem we solve is one we get asked a lot. It’s sometimes hard to explain, because the answer isn’t quite as simple as “mass incarceration” or “sex trafficking.” Those are social problems we help other organizations figure out how to solve collectively,…

Launching Phase 1 of Collective-Strategy Platform Build-Out

By Bob Lamb, CEO & Co-Founder | March 1, 2018

This month we’re launching the first phase of a three-phase process to build and automate our collective-strategy platform (pdf). You’ll probably notice nothing more than a minor front-end redesign today, but there’s a bit more happening on the back end that will make it easier for us to move forward in the short and long terms.…

Great things happening at the Foundation for Inclusion!

By Bob Lamb, CEO & Co-Founder | February 28, 2018

Many of you have asked how things are going at the Foundation for Inclusion — a lot has happened since I last sent an update! Much great news, and a few challenges left. The bottom line: Just about all the people and relationships we need are now in place to launch our first initiatives. As you know, we take…

A Platform for Solving Large-Scale Social Problems

By Bob Lamb, CEO & Co-Founder | February 16, 2018

To solve the hardest problems in any society, it’s not enough to be individually effective. Changemakers and innovators need to be collectively strategic or their achievements will never add up to ultimate success. The Foundation for Inclusion (FFI) is building a global platform to rally, unite, and empower changemakers to solve complex, large-scale social problems. This post…

Introductory Brief Available

By Bob Lamb, CEO & Co-Founder | February 1, 2018

Our mission is to empower changemakers and innovators to solve large-scale social problems strategically and conclusively. Take a look at our introductory brief (pitch deck) and get in touch with us to discuss ways we can work together.