June 03, 2010

How to Use the Power of the Crowd to Solve Social Problems

Jennifer Ford Reedy, vice president of strategy and knowledge management for the Minnesota Community Foundation.

Nonprofit organizations are using online tools to get many people to work together to create social change.

Jennifer Ford Reedy, the Minnesota Community Foundation's vice president of strategy and knowledge management, offers an example in the form of the Idea Open, an effort to get people in Minnesota to collaborate to solve problems in their communities.

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