Frustrating. Galling. This is how some of the best social sector leaders I know describe the fact that funding to intermediaries and consultants often dwarfs the support they receive for their work on real issues at the front lines. I’m not talking a small differential – the disparity is large.
This summer, I resumed my pre-GSB life as a classroom teacher for a couple hours each day.
How are corporations engaging with the impact sector? How do we engage them even more? How do we increase collaboration between global corporations, impact investors, social enterprises and foundations? Are partnerships between global corporations and social enterprises successful? How are apparel companies shifting into a disruptive innovation in their supply chains?
In I-DEV International, we wanted to answer all these questions.
In this column I explore the idea that many of the ways we spend money are prosocial acts — and prosocial expenditures may, in fact, make us happier than personal expenditures. Authors Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton discuss evidence for this in their new book Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending. These behavioral scientists show that you can get more out of your money by following several principles — like spending money on others rather than yourself. Moreover, they demonstrate that these principles can be used not only by individuals, but also by companies seeking to create happier employees and more satisfying products.
I have spent this past summer developing a year-long Principal residency program for an education organization in Dallas, TX. While I have gained amazing and invaluable experience through this internship, still the most rewarding part of my summer has been my experience as an Education Pioneers Graduate School Fellow.
As my summer winds down at Mass Insight Education, I am beginning to reflect on the work we've done this summer around secondary school redesign. The challenges we face in this process in many ways mirror the larger structural issues in education.
Nobody denies that access to proper sanitation is a basic human need. Even so, 1.3 billion people still defecate in the open, and 1.3 billion more in unsafe latrines. But how can we convince governments, donors and private sector to invest in this field, when there are other more media-friendly options available? Also, how can we ensure that existing funding is invested in the most effective way? These are the questions the Water and Sanitation Program is trying to answer with its Economics of Sanitation Initiative.
Blame Butz! We've Earl Butz, Secretary of Agriculture under Presidents Nixon and Ford, to thank for the current state of affairs.
Here's some eclectic, and somewhat mundane, yet interesting thoughts and happenings from my time out here in Kenya. I am spending my summer supporting SIDAI Africa Limited, a for-profit social enterprise which seeks to set up a franchise network of agricultural input retail stores tied to veterinary service providers, to transform the way farmers take care of their livestock in Kenya.
I’m sitting under a creaky tin roof in Kuria, Kenya. Not too far away, I hear a donkey braying, a cow mooing, and local school children singing in Swahili. I see cornfields on the adjacent hillside, and by the river women are hand washing laundry. I’m not on your typical MBA summer internship, if there is such a thing.