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Fair Trade Spanish

Michael Parker pays his new Spanish tutor $17 less than he paid his old teacher in Iowa. But his new teacher, Yesenia Mateu Grave, takes away double her normal fee. Thanks to Web conferencing, Mateu Grave teaches students around the world from her hometown in Antigua, Guatemala, via a site called Speak Shop, combining audio, video, and online chat for a classroom-like experience.

By Laila Weir | 1 | Summer 2007
 
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Partners for the Planet

You know the world is changing when the largest corporate buy-out in history hinges on an environmental commitment. That’s what happened in February when two top private equity firms enlisted the help of Environmental Defense, a nonprofit that finds practical solutions to environmental problems, to acquire TXU Corp., the largest utility in Texas.

By David Yarnold | Summer 2007
 
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The Merger Proposal

It's summer. The wedding season is upon us, and many nonprofits are likewise feeling the urge to merge. But should nonprofits couple up, take the plunge, and get hitched? In this SSIR special, three articles explore whether, why, and how nonprofits should undertake mergers or other alliances.

By Kevin T. Kirkpatrick, Denise L. Gammal, & Don Haider | Summer 2007
 
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A New Era for Business

More and more business leaders recognize that their company's future is increasingly intertwined with the needs and demands of society. But many executives don't understand how to manage that changing relationship. In this article, McKinsey & Company consultants provide a model for incorporating sociopolitical issues into the strategic decision-making process.

By Scott C. Beardsley, Sheila Bonini, Lenny Mendonca, & Jeremy Oppenheim | 1 | Summer 2007
 
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Microfinance Misses Its Mark

Despite the hoopla over microfinance, it doesn't cure poverty. But stable jobs do. If societies are serious about helping the poorest of the poor, they should stop investing in microfinance and start supporting large, labor-intensive industries.

By Aneel Karnani | 39 | Summer 2007
 

Review: Made to Stick

Simplicity is the golden rule for getting messages across.

Reviewed By Judith Samuelson | 1 | Summer 2007
 

From the Bottom Line of Our Hearts

Why businesspeople don't mention values when they discuss social responsibility.

By Alana Conner | Summer 2007
 

Review: Living into Leadership

McCoy's exploration of business ethics translates across sectors.

Reviewed By N. Craig Smith | Summer 2007
 

Pyrrhic Fundraising

Nonprofits pay dearly for their donations.

By Rosaline Juan | 5 | Summer 2007
 

Review: The Real Wealth of Nations

Eisler argues that "real" wealth lies in individuals and nature.

Reviewed By Mal Warwick | Summer 2007