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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…

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CAN ANYONE BE A SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR? IS EVERYONE OR ANYONE TRULY A “CHANGE MAKER”?

December 1, 2009 Bill Drayton, Ashoka’s founder, and I agree on many things, but on Ashoka’s rallying cry of “everyone a changemaker,” we’ve agreed, politely, to disagree. That everyone on the planet, all 6.8 billion of us, has a stake in the future, whether she’s a bottom billion mother foraging to feed…

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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…

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GOVERNMENT INNOVATION

November 17, 2009 Remember the old joke about “military intelligence” being an oxymoron? I’d bet a lot of money that it was started by people who served in the military. “Government innovation” could suffer the same stigma. When I ran a government agency, I used to remind both staff and stakeholders that…

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PAPER BY PROFESSOR FLEISHMAN

November 17, 2009 We’ve just posted a paper, “Foundations and Government: Social Innovation, Policy Advocacy and Collaboration to Improve Government Effectiveness,” that Professor Joel Fleishman presented before the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management at its annual research conference held in Washington earlier this month. In it he enumerates the different…

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BEYOND DOGMA

November 16, 2009 I appreciate the responses to my blogs on the Intrepid Philanthropist site last week. I think my favorite line was this, from Laura Deaton: “Love outcomes, hate sector-bashing.” That certainly boils it down. Like Deaton, a number of others—both on the blog and in many private emails—thanked me for placing…

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