Cook County Commission on Social Innovation

Cook County Commission on Social Innovation The Commission makes actionable policy recommendations to the Cook County Board and the County’s a It will catalyze impact investment. Marc J.

Cook County is taking a page out of the social enterprise playbook. The county’s new Commission on Social innovation is chartered to incubate actionable policy recommendation that would create and sustain innovative solutions to increasingly daunting social problems. And if a social enterprise is defined the way Social Enterprise Alliance sees it — as an initiative that marries the social mission

of a nonprofit or government program with the market-driven approach of a business — the Commission on Social Innovation certainly qualifies. While public- and social-sector programming has improved the lives of countless people, increasingly so have market-based strategies. So the commission — as thought leader, convener, collaborator and catalyst — will empower social-purpose businesses, impact investors, nonprofits and philanthropists, each defining success in terms of both financial and social returns. The commission’s tools include all those that social enterprises customarily put to work. It will leverage philanthropy. It will be guided by empirical data. It will hear from subject-matter experts and will seek to apply models that have been effective elsewhere. And it will scale those solutions that prove out. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia
Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, chair of the Cook County Commission on Social Innovation. The commission has its work cut out for it. The nation’s second largest county, serving 5.25 million residents including all the residents of Chicago, is under enormous stress. The Cook County Department of Public Health recently reported that the county’s south and west districts suffered an unemployment rate of around 12 percent. Nearly 30 percent of the population lives at less than 20 percent of the federal poverty level, and roughly 26 percent of adults over the age of 25 in the Department’s jurisdiction don’t have a high-school diploma. Violent crime plagues the county, particularly in its poorest precincts where too many people are incarcerated and too few rehabilitated. Yet the commission has good reason to believe its efforts will effectively drive positive social change. Its members are visionary disruptors. And the county’s resources are rich; its talent pool abundant; and its nonprofit, business and investment communities deeply committed to social progress. So, multi-stakeholder and cross-sector social ventures are well within the commission’s reach. Among the commission’s targets are the Illinois Medical District, the largest in the nation, which the commission plans to help spawn mission-driven, health-related business; and the Illinois International Port District with which the commission intends to collaborate to revitalize the Port of Chicago, collateral damage of de-industrialization. The goal is not only to maximize its commercial potential in concert with other Great Lakes ports, but also to maximize its social potential as an engine of economic development in the distressed communities it borders. Lane, vice chair of the Cook County Commission on Social Innovation. The commission will evaluate opportunities to help county residents in food deserts band together to build and maintain neighborhood stores. They might adopt membership models, connect with local businesses or nonprofits, and even rely on newly sanctioned crowd-funding opportunities. The commission also intends to work constructively with the Cook County Land Bank Authority, supporting the efforts of social entrepreneurs and investors eager to redevelop and reuse vacant, abandoned, foreclosed and tax delinquent properties throughout the county in an effort to promote affordable housing, economic development, conservation and job creation. And in conjunction with the Chicago chapter of Social Enterprise Alliance, the commission will soon offer capacity building workshops for nonprofit leaders throughout the county. These initiatives and others the commission considers won’t be zero-sum transactions. The commission’s aim is nothing short of transformation.

09/18/2023

A fireside chat with the University of Chicago's Provost Katherine Baicker and Social Enterprise Chicago's Marc J. Lane.

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Attorney Marc J. Lane, Vice Chair of the Cook County Commission on Social Innovation and author of The Mission-Driven Venture: Business Solutions to the Worl...

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06/09/2023

Attorney Marc J. Lane, Vice Chair of the Cook County Commission on Social Innovation and author of The Mission-Driven Venture: Business Solutions to the Worl...

06/08/2023
06/02/2023

Please join us at 4 p.m. on June 8th when the Cook County Commission on Social Innovation will hear testimony from Dr. Selwyn Rogers, Jr. in the Cook County Board Room, 118 N. Clark Street, 5th floor, Chicago. Dr. Rogers, the Director of the University of Chicago’s Trauma Center, will offer his actionable social policy recommendations about an all-in approach that aligns all sectors – educational, economic, and social – to elevate the wellbeing of Cook County’s communities.

Those who prefer to participate virtually may do so via Facebook Live. Here’s the link:
https://www.facebook.com/cookcountymission/

06/01/2023

Social Enterprise Chicago is excited to host its next event— where I’ll be honored to chat with University of Chicago Provost Katherine Baicker about healthcare models that leave no one behind and lift up marginalized communities. Tickets are available at this link:

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05/30/2023

Thrilled to announce the completion of the documentary short, "Prevention Through Engagement"! 🎬 It's an eye-opening exploration of the innovative Low-Profit Limited Liability Company (L3C) Warp Corps that tackles su***de, overdoses, and homelessness through a unique and impactful model. Proud to have played a small part in telling this vital story. Check out the trailer at www.ptefilm.com and stay tuned for updates about film festival submissions!

05/26/2023

Founder of Nonprofit Utopia, Valerie Leonard, presents Creating Value Through Organizational Capacity Assessments,” and attorney Marc J. Lane, Vice Chair of ...

05/25/2023

LIVE NOW: Nonprofit Capacity Building Workshop!

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05/25/2023

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Join us on May 25th at 4 p.m. for Valerie Leonard’s and my Nonprofit Capacity Building Workshop, co-hosted by the Cook County Commission on Social Innovation and Social Enterprise Chicago at the Village of Franklin Park Community Room. Please contact [email protected] for more information or to RSVP.

05/16/2023

Join us on May 25th at 4 p.m. for Valerie Leonard’s and my Nonprofit Capacity Building Workshop, co-hosted by the Cook County Commission on Social Innovation and Social Enterprise Chicago at the Village of Franklin Park Community Room. Please contact [email protected] for more information or to RSVP.

05/12/2023

Attorney Marc J. Lane, Vice Chair of the Cook County Commission on Social Innovation and author of The Mission-Driven Venture: Business Solutions to the Worl...

05/11/2023
05/11/2023

Join us today at 4pm for our May meeting of the Cook County Commission on Social Innovation held at the Cook County Board Room, 118 N Clark Street. Those who prefer to participate virtually may do so via Facebook Live. Here’s the link:

https://www.facebook.com/cookcountymission/

04/17/2023

Attorney Marc J. Lane, Vice Chair of the Cook County Commission on Social Innovation and author of The Mission-Driven Venture: Business Solutions to the Worl...

04/13/2023
04/10/2023

Please join us at 4 p.m. on April 13th when the Cook County Commission on Social Innovation hears testimony from Bob Greenlee in the Cook County Board Room, 118 N. Clark Street, 5th floor, Chicago. Mr. Greenlee, the President of Tusk Philanthropies and the former Deputy Governor of the State of Illinois, will offer his actionable social policy recommendations about the deployment of electric vehicle charging stations throughout the County’s disinvested communities.

Those who prefer to participate virtually may do so via Facebook Live. Here’s the link:
https://www.facebook.com/cookcountymission/

04/03/2023

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03/27/2023
03/15/2023

Tomorrow I’ll be honored to participate in a fireside chat with the Obama Foundation’s Executive Vice President of External Affairs Michael Strautmanis. Please join us in person or virtually as together we seek to drive positive social change.

Tickets are available here: shorturl.at/klmxN

03/09/2023
03/02/2023

Please join us at 4 p.m. on March 9th when the Cook County Commission on Social Innovation hears testimony from University of Pennsylvania Professor Desmond Upton Patton in the Cook County Board Room, 118 N. Clark Street, 5th floor, Chicago. Professor Patton will offer his actionable social policy recommendations about ways in which community-based data science approaches can help prevent gun violence.

Those who prefer to participate virtually may do so via Facebook Live. Here’s the link:
https://www.facebook.com/cookcountymission/

02/13/2023

Attorney Marc J. Lane, Vice Chair of the Cook County Commission on Social Innovation and author of The Mission-Driven Venture: Business Solutions to the Worl...

02/09/2023
02/07/2023

I'll be honored to lecture on "Social Enterprise Design and Structure" on February 8 at the Social Enterprise Certificate Program developed by the University of Illinois at Chicago and Social Enterprise Chicago.

02/02/2023

Please join us at 4 p.m. on February 9th when the Cook County Commission on Social Innovation hears testimony from University of Chicago Professor Robert Vargas in the Cook County Board Room, 118 N. Clark Street, 5th floor, Chicago. Professor Vargas will offer his actionable social policy recommendations about ways in which the County can overcome institutional barriers to innovation in the public safety space.

Those who prefer to participate virtually may do so via Facebook Live. Here’s the link:

https://www.facebook.com/cookcountymission/

01/27/2023

I'll be honored to lecture on "Social Enterprise Design and Structure" on February 1 and 8 at the Social Enterprise Certificate Program developed by the University of Illinois Chicago and Social Enterprise Chicago.

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