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Innovation Roundup: McKinsey Sponsors Video Contest

Harnessing innovation for social good is in the news this week:

• McKinsey & Company, the consulting group, wants to build a showcase of new ideas to tackle tough social problems, such as economic development, education, health, and the environment. So the company has put out a call for short videos—a minute or less–that describe a social innovation with the potential to create real change. The best videos will be featured on the company’s Web sites, and their creators will be honored at an event in New York that will bring together innovators from the worlds of business, government, and social change. Video submissions are due November 18.

Fast Company, the business magazine, has started a new Web site, Co.Exist, to highlight new approaches to fighting social ills that draw on business practices. “We’re for brash and creative solutions that make everyone rich while helping the people of the world lead lovely, clean, and fulfilling lives,” Morgan Clendaniel, the editor of the new site, writes in his introductory letter. Mr. Clendaniel is a former deputy editor of Good magazine.

• The University of North Carolina at Wilmington is accepting applications for a new position, the Betty and Dan Cameron Family Distinguished Professor of Innovation in the Nonprofit Sector. The professor will teach in the Master of Public Administration Program starting in August 2012.

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