Welcome to ReCoding Good


This is a resource site for the ReCoding Good charrettes, part of the Project on Philanthropy, Policy and Technology at Stanford University's Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS). Lucy Bernholz and Rob Reich lead the project. The information on this site is for public use. We hope you will join in our discussions about the new social economy and the policies that we need to guide it to its best end.

The premise of the project is this — we've changed how we use private resources for public good by expanding beyond philanthropy to social businesses, impact investing, social enterprises, and global networks. We need to reconsider the policy frames that shape how we do this work. We have new tools, now we need to think about the rules.

Thomas Jefferson, writing in an 1816 letter about the process of amending the U.S. Constitution, noted the need to ensure we keep our legal frames in line with the advances we make as a society. President Jefferson wrote,

"I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times."

This is the spirit with which we undertake this inquiry. How can we update our policy frames for civil society and social good to keep apace with the advances we have made in recent decades?

You can learn more about the project and the charrettes using the links to the left.

More information on the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at Stanford University is available using the links on the right.

Progress and materials from the charrettes and the project will be available here, on the PACS website, and on the From The Field section of the Stanford Social Innovation Review website.

Our January charrette take us to the intersections between the sharing economy and the social economy.

In March, we'll be discussing the post-Citizens United political/nonprofit landscape.

In April, we'll focus on digital public goods. Over the following months we'll move on to Impact Investing, new institutional forms, open government, and big data.

Follow the work using the hashtag #recodegood.

Contact Lucy Bernholz (bernholz@stanford.edu, @p2173) for more information.

Please join us — we all have a stake in the future of our social economy.

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