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SSIR blogger Sonia Ospina, PhD, is faculty director of the Research Center for Leadership in Action at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

Nonprofit Management

US-China Relations: Leadership Lessons on Confrontation and Dialogue from Nonprofits

Investing in leadership development represents a prerequisite to a new US foreign policy that is more in accord with today’s unstable and volatile times.

By Sonia M. Ospina | Feb. 1, 2011
 
SSIR blogger Stephanie Wolcott is social responsibility director for the Alcoa Foundation in New York City and serves as content contributor to KIN Global at the Kellogg School of Management.

Socially Responsible Business

If the Meek Shall Inherit the Earth, They Have a Head Start in Cambodia

A Cambodian restaurant trains former street youth for jobs in the hospitality industry.

By Stephanie Wolcott | 3 | Jan. 27, 2011
 
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Microfinance

Dark Skies After All

A look at several troubling developments in microfinance.

By Timothy Ogden | 2 | Jan. 26, 2011
 
SSIR blogger Edward M. Hallowell, M.D., a psychiatrist, served as an instructor at Harvard Medical School for 20 years and is the director of the Hallowell Centers

Socially Responsible Business

A Unique Opportunity for Socially Responsible Businesses

Nonprofits and socially responsible businesses can claim one distinct advantage to other sectors: the trust of the general public.

By Ned Hallowell | 2 | Jan. 25, 2011
 
SSIR blogger Gabi Zedlmayer is Vice President of HP’s Office of Global Social Innovation responsible for driving social innovation programs that are aligned with HP’s business strategy. social innovation

Health

The Private Sector’s Role in Improving Global Health

Global health is one of the last frontiers for technical innovation. Companies can have an incredible impact by lending technical know-how to solve intricate global health challenges.

By Gabi Zedlmayer | 2 | Jan. 25, 2011
 
SSIR blogger Reeta Roy is president and CEO of The MasterCard Foundation.

Education

Opening Up Pathways to Secondary Education

We need to put secondary education on the global policy agenda. We also must create pathways to quality and relevant secondary education in Sub-Saharan Africa.

By Reeta Roy | Jan. 24, 2011
 
SSIR blogger Sean Stannard-Stockton is CEO of Tactical Philanthropy Advisors. Strategic Philanthropy

Philanthropy

The Era of Abstract Philanthropy

It would be a great thing for an era of Abstract Philanthropy to open our eyes to understanding the very essence of the philanthropic act.

By Sean Stannard-Stockton | 4 | Jan. 21, 2011
 
SSIR blogger Kelly Kleiman, who blogs as The Nonprofiteer, is principal of NFP Consulting.

Education

The Rich Get Richer, Once More

If institutions of higher learning want to maintain their tax-favored status, they should abolish legacy preferences.

By Kelly Kleiman | Jan. 20, 2011
 
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Nonprofits

Back to the Future: Will We See a New Generation of Nonprofit Organizations in 2011?

There are new leaders coming into the nonprofit sector with ideas that have the potential to change the way social change happens. It’s time to ask some new questions.

By Rosetta Thurman | 1 | Jan. 19, 2011
 
SSIR blogger John Brothers the Principal of Cuidiu Consulting, a Senior Fellow in executive leadership with the Support Center for Nonprofit Management, and an adjunct professor at New York University’s Wagner School for Public Service.

Nonprofit Management

Minnesota Nice: A Profile in Third Sector Grit

Minnesota is a beacon of nonprofit excellence.

By John Brothers | 2 | Jan. 13, 2011