In its Policy Guide to Scaling Social Innovation 2013, the World Economic Forum (WEF) featured EFE's work as a case study in social enterprise.
The case study outlines the youth unemployment challenge that EFE was created to meet, describes the specific innovations that have led to EFE's success, and outlines best practices that EFE has developed through nearly seven years of growth in the EFE Network and the 1,100+ partnerships that support its operations. In its Practical Advice section, the case study describes the importance of maintaining a â€œrazor sharp focus on what you do bestâ€ and the necessity of â€œskin in the gameâ€œ at the local level.
At the WEF Meeting of New Champions in Fall 2012, EFE Founder & Chair Ron Bruder and President & CEO Jamie McAuliffe received the Schwab Foundation's Global Social Entrepreneur of the Year award in recognition of EFE's innovative model for addressing youth unemployment.
EFE's subsequent entry into the WEF and Schwab Foundation communities has provided an opportunity for EFE to serve as a platform for innovation, with findings available to top global leaders through the WEF and related events and resources such as the Policy Guide to Scaling Social Innovation.
The Policy Guide to Scaling Social Innovation is intended to add a perspective to the global conversation already under way about how to move beyond binary choices in crafting responses to social, economic, and environmental challenges. Fundamentally, it is about leveraging private enterprise and capital for public benefit. The guide aims to help to advance the debate beyond a general recognition that policy change is a necessary ingredient for inclusive growth and stimulates robust national discussions about concrete steps that governments and policy institutions can take to accelerate the innovation already beginning to take root.
You can read the EFE case study here, and the entire report is available at this link.