Tim Ogden (@philaction or @timothyogden) is managing director of the Financial Access Initiative at NYU and executive partner at Sona Partners, a thought leadership communications firm. He is co-author of Toyota Under Fire, and author of the forthcoming Experimental Conversations, a collection of interviews with economists conducting field experiments on poverty alleviation. He has developed and edited more than 20 books, including award-winning business books on innovation and marketing. In addition to blogging regularly for SSIR, he serves as editor-in-chief of Philanthropy Action and as a contributing editor for Alliance magazine.
Prepare to Update Your Theory of Change | Jan. 23, 2014
The new book Scarcity provides critical insights for designing better anti-poverty programs, but not for allocating scarce philanthropic resources.
What, Exactly, Is Giving Tuesday’s Theory of Change? | Dec. 4, 2013
Giving Tuesday seems poised to be a permanent fixture in the philanthropic landscape. So what’s the theory of change behind it?
Ten Years On: Are Donors Different? Were They Ever? | 11 | Apr. 1, 2013
Despite years of claiming the contrary, donors still don’t really care about nonprofit performance or impact.
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Losing the Courage of Your Convictions | Aug. 10, 2012
We must be willing to continually examine and test our core convictions and assumptions, and confirm that they are worth holding.
Techno-Optimists Beware | May. 16, 2012
Two books argue that entrepreneurs and technology are transforming the global economy.
Lessons from Grameen and Microfinance—Are You Building an Institution of Change? | 3 | Apr. 29, 2011
Not every organization should become an institution. But long-term change really is dependent on institutions.
Social Capital Markets: What Are the Most Important Signs of Progress? | 1 | Sep. 15, 2010
What are the most important signs of progress in social capital markets in the last 10 years?
Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics, and Data Visualization | 1 | Aug. 30, 2010
For nonprofits working on social change, data and data visualization are extremely valuable.
The Charitable Giving Market is Efficient After All | 10 | Aug. 24, 2010
Donors are getting exactly what they want from their charitable giving—the market is efficient, even highly so.
Lagging Imperialists in Social Entrepreneurship and How to Avoid Them | 5 | Aug. 2, 2010
We need more good examples and fewer good intentions in social entrepreneurship and humanitarian design.
Obama’s Missed Opportunity to Change Charitable Giving | 5 | Mar. 23, 2010
Obama could have radically changed the debate on how to allocate charitable funds if he had detailed the set of criteria used to donate his Nobel Peace Prize award money.