1. Why Impact and Innovation Are Strange Bedfellows

Social innovators tend to think big.  We want our organizations/companies to change the world.  Not just impact one community, but thousands; not just a million people but billions.  And we want to do it through awesome, disruptive innovations…

2. Succession Planning and Achieving Scale in Social Enterprises

Rod Schwartz from ClearlySo started up a great conversation on SocialEdge about a week ago.   The conversation revolves around the double-edged phenomenon of charismatic social entrepreneurs (here for Max Weber’s definition of charismatic authority)…

3. Are We Arbitrary and Fickle in How We Give?

I recently published a two-part series on SocialEarth called, “If you were the non-profit god, what would you fix?”

The series was well-received (woohoo!… Thank you!), so I thought it worth taking the time to point out one apparent inconsistency in my proposal.  At least it’s apparent to me; it hasn’t seemed to bother anyone else…

4. Why the Social Entrepreneurship Club Feels Exclusive… Part 2

Ashni Mohnot wrote a fascinating and fairly provocative blog post at PopTech on “Who’s in the social entrepreneurship club… and who isn’t.

The post, which I found somewhat unsettling, garnered such attention that I felt a need to respond.

II. Young Graduates: Square Pegs in Round Holes…

5. The Behavioral Economics of the McDonald’s Monopoly Game 

I’m embarrassed to admit it, simply because for the last decade or so I have tried so hard to reject the fast-food diet I had as a kid growing up in rural America.  Still, however, there is a warm place in my heart for the McDonald’s Monopoly game.

6. Master Your Workflow! Don’t Let it Master You

I’m working my way through David Allen’s Getting Things Done (GTD, as it is known among its following).   I’ve had the luxury of learning the GTD strategies via an interactive online course, but I’m told that the book is also incredibly eye-opening.  READ IT!  I’ll tell you why…

7. Why the Social Entrepreneurship Club Feels Exclusive… Part 1

Ashni Mohnot wrote a fascinating and fairly provocative blog post at PopTech on “Who’s in the social entrepreneurship club… and who isn’t.

The post, which I found somewhat unsettling, garnered such attention that I felt a need to respond.

I. “MBA Preferred”…

8. Why the Social Entrepreneurship Club Feels Exclusive… Part 3

Ashni Mohnot wrote a fascinating and fairly provocative blog post at PopTech on “Who’s in the social entrepreneurship club… and who isn’t.

The post, which I found somewhat unsettling, garnered such attention that I felt a need to respond…

III. The Developing World: Excluded from the Intellectual Conversation…

9. Kiva, Fishes, and Double Standards in Development

Many years ago, I was driving through downtown Minneapolis with several younger cousins from Dallas, Texas.  As we pulled up to a major intersection, we noticed a homeless man standing on the side of the road. He looked sad and desperate, wearing filthy clothes and holding a sign soliciting money from the passing vehicles…

10. Why Social Enterprises Stand Apart but NOT Above

I started this post many weeks ago after watching this fantastic TED Talk on how we define success.

I was reminded of it and inspired to finish it – sort of – after reading a recent post from Nathaniel Whittemore on Silicon Valley’s future ability to change the world…

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