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" In 2006, then Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu launched the Louisiana Office of Social Entrepreneurship, putting his state at the forefront of a growing national trend of government-led efforts to spur social innovation and better match resources with results."

Government and Social Innovation: Current State and Local Models

In Washington D.C. and in state legislatures and city halls throughout the country, a new generation of government leaders is working with the nonprofit and business sectors to create what Stephen Goldsmith aptly describes as “an environment that enables continual innovation while demanding real impact and performance.”

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In 2006, then Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu launched the Louisiana Office of Social Entrepreneurship, putting his state at the forefront of a growing national trend of government-led efforts to spur social innovation and better match resources with results. In establishing this office, Landrieu aimed to make Louisiana “the most hospitable place in the country for those who are launching and testing the best, most effective new program models for social change.”

Among state and local initiatives, two overarching structural models—office and liaison—are emerging to support a host of activity types.

Government and Social Innovation: Current State and Local Models

Andrew Wolk and Colleen Gross Ebinger 2010