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Notes from the Social Enterprise Field: Nortel and One Laptop Per Child

Last week brought the news that Nortel is withdrawing its support for One Laptop per Child. Nortel had been one of the program's major sponsors.

While Nortel's bankruptcy is a primary reason for this action, we should not let the fact that the company's precarious financial condition distract us from the broader lessons.

Are three principles of effective philanthropy enough?

Sean Stannard-Stockton has provided an excellent overview of The Center for Effective Philanthropy's three basic principles of, well, effective philanthropy:

1. Clear goals;
2. Coherent, well-implemented strategies;
3. Relevant performance indicators.

The power of positive feedback

As my students inevitably discover each semester, I'm a huge fan of research in primate psychology. Arguably my favorite experiment is this inquiry into proto-human concepts of justice.

Reflections on Ten Nonprofit Funding Models

The past couple weeks in my social enterprise seminar, we've been taking a detailed look at the recent SSIR article on Ten Nonprofit Funding Models.


The Social Enterprise Coalition, in conjunction with Rise, has adopted a new certification mark designed to "raise the profile of social enterprise to key audiences." As

Beauty and the charity beat

A report from the Skoll World Forum highlights an academic's "fascinating hypothesis" that Avon could be a force for improving the economic condition of women in developing nations.

Which says more about the academy than Avon, because people in the fashion and cosmetics industries have known this for decades, if not centuries.

The elements of passion

A colleague introduced me to the great Ken Robinson, a very funny speaker and holder of strong views on education. Last night, I watched him talk about his latest book, the Element, which is about the importance of having a passion for what you do in life.

If we follow our passions, Robinson argues, we are so much more motivated to do our work, are so much better at it, and we can achieve, much, much more.

Social Enterprise in South Korea

For people looking for information about social enterprise beyond the usual suspects, the Korea Herald has just published a couple of useful articles on the state of social enterprise in South Korea.

"That's something else investment banks screwed up"

That's what the woman sitting behind me said when the lights went up on Valentino: The Last Emperor, a new documentary on the legendary fashion designer. As her comment indicates, the film's not so subtle subtext is the conflict between a creative artist and the financiers who eventually drove him out of the design house that still bears his name.


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