Our Publications

Shaping Entrepreneurship in Disruptive Times

Stories of Indian women entrepreneurs braving a pandemic.

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Burnout and The Social Sector: How to Thrive

This thesis by Amani Institute Co-Founder Illaina Rabbat examines 10 key characteristics and how they are ultimately interpreted by individuals to determine if they are closer to surviving their calling, or thriving in it.

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Stanford Social Innovation Review

Since 2014, we are collaborating with the Stanford Social Innovation review to write a series of articles about our work in social innovation education.

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The State of Talent Development in the Social Sector

Social sector employers constantly complain of the difficulty of finding talent. In this report, foundational to the Amani Institute, we look at what employers really want and why universities are not providing it.

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Amani Institute Poetry Book

The 24 poems that follow include both those we read as a team and those we used in class (the latter are indicated as such). We hope you enjoy them as much as we did – and that they are a source of inspiration or contemplation for you.

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Amani Institute Co-Founder Roshan Paul talks about why this is important for everyone to discover their purpose and what individuals can do to find their intrinsic motivation and nourish it to create fulfilling, impactful careers.

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One Step Forward Podcast

Amani Institute Co-Founder Roshan Paul talks about the merits of coming from an emerging market perspective when talking about social innovation.

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Finding Impact Podcast

Amani Institute Co-Founder Illaina Rabbat discusses in depth strategies to manage the isolation and mental stress as a social enterprise founder.

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Other Resources


Next Generation Professional

This Devex, USAID & DAI report looks ahead to the next 10 years and help gauge the skills you will need to thrive in a new era for global development.

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The Great Mismatch

The Great Mismatch

This article, and the special report on “The Future of Jobs”, helped us understand the larger macro trends about the mismatch between employers’ needs and employees’ skills as well as what universities aren’t doing well. Even now, it remains highly relevant.

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Purpose at Work

Purpose at Work

Imperative’s work on understanding the difference between purpose-oriented workers and those that are not shows that the most valuable members of the workforce are purpose-oriented. That’s our experience too!

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Introduction to Social Innovation for NGOs

This study by Bond, Oxfam, and the Social Innovation Exchange (SIX) discusses the evolving importance of social innovation for NGOs, offers useful definitions to understand the term better and explores ways in which NGOs can bring innovation more centrally into their work.

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Two Sides of the Same Coin

Two Sides of the Same Coin

This Forbes’ article reviews recent research on missing skills in the future workplace, where it becomes clear that the gap in today’s economy has evolved to the ‘soft’ skills associated with communication and creativity.

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The DIY Toolkit for Innovation

The DIY Toolkit

We highly recommend NESTA’s toolkit on how to invent, adopt or adapt ideas that can deliver better results. It’s quick to use, simple to apply, and designed to help busy people working in development.

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Social Innovation From the Inside Out

This paper aligns completely with our approach to social innovation. We too believe that vital to developing new ideas and practices is how people in an organization connect with each other.

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