Social Entrepreneurship

Hannah Montana Bananas? Oy veh.

Is Disney taking the right approach towards ethical consumption?

Learning from the Hannah Montana Banana

Disney-branded food, a good thing?

Honor for sale

Are benefits and galas worth the fuss that are made out of them?

Defusing the corporate time bomb

Is there any basis for corporate morality?

Innovative divestment

Should foundations and charitable organization be taking risks with their endowments?

Goals gone wild

Is the common business practice of creating discrete goals and quantifiable metrics worthwhile?

The desert of the real good

Will social enterprise actually create any systemic change? I think not.

Blast from the recent past

This week in my social enterprise class we looked at some recent texts regarding innovative financial practices. Among the highlights: praise for cutting-edge loans that made ownership accessible to otherwise unqualified buyers while hedging risk for charitable investors.

Whoops.

Notes from the Social Enterprise Field: Nortel and One Laptop Per Child

Last week brought the news that Nortel is withdrawing its support for One Laptop per Child. Nortel had been one of the program's major sponsors.

While Nortel's bankruptcy is a primary reason for this action, we should not let the fact that the company's precarious financial condition distract us from the broader lessons.

Are three principles of effective philanthropy enough?

Sean Stannard-Stockton has provided an excellent overview of The Center for Effective Philanthropy's three basic principles of, well, effective philanthropy:

1. Clear goals;
2. Coherent, well-implemented strategies;
3. Relevant performance indicators.

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