Don’t Be “that” donor

Are you the type of person who is looking to donate money to a good cause it are unsure where you should begin? You have heard that there are a lot of organizations that "spend too much money" on overhead, and you want to make sure that ALL "your money" goes to the "cause" If so, I'd like to ask you that you no be "that donor". A donor whose only concern is efficiency of "your money", and not the…

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Why China’s Culture of Philanthropy Has Yet to Take hold

The 5.12.08 Sichuan earthquake that left 90,000+ Chinese dead was seen by many as a turning point in philanthropy.  It was an event that brought the country together in a way that I have not seen at any other time in my 12+ years here, and it was a time when the best of China showed through. Part of this experience (for me), was defined by the outpouring of support that spontaneously erupted. …

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Helping Social Enterprises Overcome “the Split”

For many organizations, profit and non, one of the hardest parts about growing as an organization is maintaining focus.  But, even for those that do there is another problem.  Maintaining the culture of the organization. Something that I have seen over and over again in many of the organizations that I have worked with, and more personally, some of the organizations that I have founded. Called…

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Why Corporations Will Feel Increased Pressure to Recalibrate

When speaking about sustainability, I often revert to a patter of addressing the what, why, who, and the how much. What are the problems. Why these problems are important Who will is responsible for addressing them How much it will cost And without exception, I can carry a crowd of MBAs, EMBS, EVPs, or CEOs, through the first two because with a couple of tweaks to my pitch I can create a t…

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2012 AMCHAM CSR Conference to Focus on Social Innovation

for me, there have been few organizations that have been consistently ahead of the game on CSR in China than the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai. Founded in 2004/5 by a small group of committed professionals, it was one of the few groups who was doing anything at the time. A time when less than 10 people in Shanghai carried cards with "CSR" on them. Now, nearly 10 years later, the commit…

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Getting the Most from Public Private Partnerships

When occupying as dynamic of an ecosystem as we do now, there are bound to be a few questions about the latest programming that everyone is talking about. CSR, sustainability, socail entrepreneurship, and impact investment have in one form or another been held up at the model of the future. Only to find the term overused to the point where cynics are allowed to enter and question whether or not an…

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Upcoming Event – Business Beyond Usual – Social Innovation as a Sustainable Business Model

Social Entrepreneurship Lecture Series - Business Beyond Usual - Social Innovation as a Sustainable Business Model Can Social Innovation be a sustainable business model?  Nowadays, we do not simply rely on the government or NGOs for solving social problems.  What can be done by a start-up enterprise or multinational corporation?  How will Social Innovation be incorporated into their business pr…

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Trade Offs and Externalities

While doing a bit of research on externalities this afternoon, I came across this graphic representation of sustainable development, and the forces that are in play. For me, it was a nice and clean graphic about how one can think about / present the forces that are occurring in today's market, environment, and society, and offers a starting place for framing the recalibration that is occur. Som…

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How Should Social Entrepreneurs Value Themselves?

18 months ago while interviewing 75 social entrepreneurs in China, we asked the question "what has been your greatest success?". It was a question that was originally intended to elicit information about programs that had been successful, traction in developing a revenue stream, or some pride in the fact that their staff of 5 had stabilized and they were poised to grow. Instead, what we heard mo…

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Not Everyone Should Be a Social Entrepreneur

In the recent HBR blog post Not Everyone Should Be a Social Entrepreneur, Laura Galinsky (SVP of Echoing Green) writes about a trend she sees where many want to be "social entrepreneurs", but few should be. She was a young, energetic college freshman at NYU who knew just what she wanted. She approached me after I spoke on a panel about social enterprise and said those magic words: "I want to be…

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