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The Social Ecosystem

The ecosystem paradigm provides a framework for understanding and influencing the forces of change facing the nonprofit sector. At the core of the social ecosystem are the social purpose organizations and individuals who are helping their beneficiaries, and the capacity…


There are over three million social purpose organizations around the world, employing more than 48 million people, with a limited budget of US$1.9 trillion annually.1 It is a growing, but hugely fragmented, complex, and often confusing sector—with very diverse, at times divisive players—that is largely oriented toward the mission of changing society for the better, though not always in the ways of working with each other to achieve this goal.