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Measuring Social Impact

Most Charities Shouldn’t Evaluate Their Work: Part Two

Who should measure what? Mind the gap.

By Caroline Fiennes | 7 | May. 30, 2013
 
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Measuring Social Impact

Most Charities Shouldn’t Evaluate Their Work: Part One

Why not?

By Caroline Fiennes | 9 | May. 29, 2013
 
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Environment

From Technocracy to a Practical Politics

For the environmental movement to succeed, it needs to convert its ideas, science, theories, and activism into practical politics that can win votes on a large scale.

By Joseph Zammit-Lucia | 3 | May. 28, 2013
 

Nonprofits

Donor Collaborations: Size Matters Less Than You Think

A response to a recent article on high stakes donor collaborations, highlighting the New York Merger, Acquisition, and Collaboration Fund.

By John MacIntosh | 1 | May. 24, 2013
 

Social Entrepreneurship

Where Is the BOP Health Care Fortune?

Research shows that healthcare social enterprises are segmenting the BOP and leaving the bottom 50 percent of consumers behind.

By Andy Thornton | 4 | May. 23, 2013
 

Social Entrepreneurship

The Power of a Simple and Inclusive Definition

To live up to its vision to change the world for the better, the social entrepreneur movement must clearly and simply define itself.

By Elizabeth Garlow & Rich Tafel | 12 | May. 22, 2013
 

Technology & Design

The Commodification of Architecture

Catastrophes of the built environment, like the Bangladeshi factory collapse, expose the true cost in public suffering when we fail to build resiliently.

By Michael Murphy & Alan Ricks | May. 21, 2013
 

Nonprofits

It Can Be Smart to Dumb Things Down

Keeping your message simple helps mobilize people in support of your goals.

By Doug Hattaway & Jenn Henrichsen | 2 | May. 17, 2013
 

Government

The Innovator’s Opportunity

Many people think that the term “government innovation” is an oxymoron, but innovation does occur in the public sector and the pace is accelerating.

By Eric Nee | 2 | May. 15, 2013
 
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Measuring Social Impact

Measuring to Improve vs. Improving Measurement

From Skoll World Forum 2013: Will new measurement tools such as “big data” be a big distraction or a big opportunity?

By Matthew Forti | 3 | May. 7, 2013