Category Archives: Non-profits

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The booklet I wrote for ebbf, The Promise of Social Innovation: enterprises as a source of social good, was officially launched last week. It is now available in print form from ebbf or as an e-book at Amazon.com. I do hope you will find it a useful source of information about social innovation and social enterprises. I would love to read your comments! Continue reading

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Why bad strategies fail to produce change

Textbook strategic planning is too often bland and static. It lose the sharp focus and energy vital to execution. Effective strategies confront the core issues of your organization. Continue reading

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The perils of being optimistic and overconfident

Optimism drives you to persevere in the face of adversity, when the odds are against you. It gives you resilience. There is also a negative side to optimism. Be wary. Optimism is “widespread, stubborn, and costly…the optimism bias may well be the most significant of the cognitive biases.” Continue reading

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The state of Impact investing according to the Rockefeller Foundation

The Rockefeller Foundation just released its report on impact investment titled: Accelerating Impact- Achievements, Challenges and What’s Next in Building the Impact Investing Industry. It provides a snapshot in time of the state of this emerging sector. Continue reading

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How to help the poorest of the poor, C.K. Prahalad VS. Paul Collier

I believe both Paul Collier and C.K. Prahalad’s solutions to ending poverty are valid yet neither one of them, alone, will end global poverty. Combined, they can have a lasting effect on the world in which we live. Continue reading

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The 4 major challenges of social enterprises

Earlier this week, I attended an online webinar hosted by Stanford Social Innovation Review. The topic was “The Hybrid Ideal”. A panel of researchers presented their latest work about the rise of social enterprises, which they call hybrid organizations. Continue reading

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What are the 5 top business plan pitfalls?

In this post I discuss the execution of the strategy. Business plans help articulate how new ventures enact their strategies. They include the value proposition, describe products and services offered, sales and marketing tactics, and other details about how the organization will execute the plan. Continue reading

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Medical equipment matters: the aid vs. development paradigm

Up to 70% of donated medical equipment is never put into use in its new home. Why are donations often so ineffective? I would argue that it is because they form part of an aid response to the issue, when what is really needed is a development response. Continue reading

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Finding your passion- lessons learned from a personal journey from business to social innovation

I rarely get very personal in my blog but my son will be leaving town at the end of the summer to go to university and I thought it might be interesting to reflect on some of the good and the bad career choices I made and extract a few lessons! Continue reading

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BC innovates by creating a new legal framework for social enterprises in Canada

On March 5th 2012, the province on British Columbia in Canada, introduced changes to the Business Corporations Act to allow for a new hybrid type of company – the Community Contribution Company… Continue reading

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