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Failure Anyone?

December 7, 2009

Do social entrepreneurs and their ventures fail? You bet! Do philanthropists? Of course! Unfortunately, you probably don’t hear much about either’s flops, fiascos, and total failures. Why? For some pretty simple reasons: social entrepreneurs hesitate to speak publicly for fear of being labeled as “difficult,” while philanthropists have something of a “do no harm” credo to which they, consciously or unconsciously, subscribe.

Can You Really Change the World on the Cheap?

December 2, 2009

Paul McCartney had it right: “Money can’t buy me love.” But for just about everything else in the world, money helps. As for changing the world, it’s downright necessary! And yet, we’ve all encountered those who think societal change can be done on the cheap, that second-class talent is good enough, and that anything but what’s spent on direct program services is wasted.

Social Entrepreneurship: Time to Dispel Some Myths

November 30, 2009

I’ve always liked the word “intrepid”—a great name for a sailboat (dates me, I know) and apropos for folks the Skoll Foundation has been seeking out and backing for just under a decade, otherwise known as “social entrepreneurs.” So it’s in that spirit that I’ll step into the fray and try to slay some myths about those front-line drivers of social change.

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