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WORTH READING

December 17, 2009 In this post on the blog of the Center for Effective Philanthropy, CEP President Phil Buchanan follows up on the series of posts he wrote recently for the Intrepid Philanthropist. This time Phil explores a point on which he and Dan Pallotta agree—that there’s too much emphasis on administrative cost ratios in the assessment of…

Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society

THE LOVE (OF HUMANITY) BOAT

December 15, 2009 Thanks to the Wall Street Journal, we learned of the planned construction of the modestly named Utopia, a 971-foot cruise ship that will follow an itinerary of “international cultural and sporting events” such as the Monaco Grand Prix (that’s a car race, btw) and the Dubai World Cup (that’s a horserace). Utopia’s marketing material describes the…

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SIX WAYS YOU CAN MAXIMIZE THE UPSIDE

December 11, 2009 Today, in my final post, I want to offer specific suggestions for Intrepid Philanthropists who want to maximize the upsides of transparency. I want to start about by acknowledging—transparently—that my preaching below is ahead of my practice. These suggestions represent an amalgam of what I’ve observed from…

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TRANSPARENCY FOR OFFENSE, NOT DEFENSE

December 10, 2009 As I explored yesterday, there’s a dark side to the Transparency Revolution and the Web 2.0 tools that are powering it. We need to face that reality squarely—as many failed to do at the dawn of Web 1.0. I’ll never forget a meeting I hosted in 1995 to…

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THE DARK SIDE OF THE SUN

December 9, 2009 Today, I’m wandering over to the Dark Side. Anxiety and technology are a potent mix. They will enable great things—from allowing consumers to make more-informed decisions to giving citizens the tools to hold their elected leaders more accountable. The same mix can produce explosive harm. In fact,…

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THE TRANSPARENCY REVOLUTION

December 8, 2009 Picking up where I left off yesterday, I want to sketch out some of the ways the Transparency Revolution is changing fundamental dynamics in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Private Sector Consumers will gain more and more information to help them make more-educated decisions about what to…

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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…

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“DISRUPTING PHILANTHROPY” POSTED HERE AND OVER AT PHILANTHROPY 2173

December 7, 2009 We’ve just posted a draft of a paper, titled “Disrupting Philanthropy: Technology and the Future of the Social Sector,” written by Lucy Bernholz along with CSPCS director Edward Skloot and yours truly. Download it, read it, and go over to Lucy’s blog, Philanthropy 2173, and tell us what you think about it.…

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