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Finding a Place for Faith in Social Innovation

Image of Finding a Place for Faith in Social Innovation Nadia Roumani, Co-Founder and Director of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute (AMCLI) , has appeared in an article on eJewish Philanthropy discussing the emergence of faith-based organizations and companies in social innovation and entrepreneurship.

An excerpt from the article:
"In today’s world, an average conversation about leaders in entrepreneurship and innovation would likely include references to Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook, Jack Dorsey of Square and Twitter fame; TOMS shoes founder Blake Mycoskie, and any number of other names frequently cited in Wired, Fast Company, The New York Times, and Bloomberg Businessweek.

You would be hard-pressed to hear any mention of a faith-based organization or an entrepreneur who speaks openly of his or her religious roots. In fact, most people would probably be surprised to hear “faith” and “innovation” used in the same sentence. But a recent series of events has got me convinced that any conversation about leaders in entrepreneurship and innovation has plenty of space for the topic of faith."
Read the rest of the article here.

Additionally, the American Muslic Civic Leadership Institute recently announced its class of fellows for  2012-13, read their bios here.