Jan. 15, 2014 10:15 am

Here’s the first edition of Baltimore Social Innovation Journal

The journal is a way to showcase the work of perhaps lesser-known social innovators in the city.

Several of the people profiled for the first edition of the Baltimore Social Innovation Journal.

Full disclosure: The Warnock Foundation was a sponsor of Baltimore Innovation Week, which is organized by Baltimore, and its Speak Up, Baltimore Survey has been advertised on Baltimore.

When the Warnock Foundation‘s Olga Maltseva first thought up the Baltimore Social Innovation Journal, she hoped it would be a publication that highlighted “new ways to deal with old problems.”

Included in that goal: highlighting the social entrepreneurs thinking up those new ways. And considering the 13 people chosen to be profiled in the first edition of the journal, that seems to have happened.

There’s Contemporary Museum director Deana Haggag, who’s re-envisioning the museum as a sort of traveling exhibit, instead of a stationary institution people must go to. Chris Wilson, convicted for a homicide as a juvenile, now knocks on doors as the workforce developer for the Greater Homewood Community Corporation conducting informal surveys of the “low-tech” skills people possess to try to find neighbors — some of them former criminals — paying work.

Included in the first 13, all of whom applied themselves for a chance to be profiled and be awarded up to $2,500 in grant money, are at least three social entrepreneurs with ties to the city’s tech community:

As Baltimore reported, the journal is a way to showcase the work of perhaps lesser-known social innovators in the city.

Find all 13 Baltimore Social Innovation Journal innovators here.

Much of the impetus for the journal came from the Speak Up, Baltimore Survey the Warnock Foundation conducted in September 2013, where 632 respondents submitted their ideas for how to make Baltimore city a better place to live and work.

Andrew Zaleski

Andrew Zaleski is a freelance journalist in Philadelphia and the former lead reporter for Baltimore. Before moving to Philadelphia in June 2014, he was a contributing writer to Baltimore City Paper and a Tech Check commentator for WYPR 88.1 FM, Baltimore city’s National Public Radio affiliate. He has written for The Atlantic, Outside, Richmond magazine, Washington City Paper, Baltimore magazine, Baltimore Style magazine, Next City,, The Atlantic Cities, and elsewhere.

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