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Innovating The Brick-and-Mortar Injustice Infrastructure

Mills Scofield

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Learning from Microfinance's Woes

Harvard Business Review

A few weeks ago, I attended a lecture about microfinance, and got sucker-punched. Expecting to hear a litany of pros and cons about the business, and an exploration of good and bad models, I was instead greeted with a knockout punch: Microfinance doesn't work, at least not in the way we think it does. Nonprofit microfinance ANDE

Why CEOs have Liberal Arts Degrees

Mills Scofield

While in high school, she started a 50-student organization supporting Acid Survivors Foundation to help rehabilitate burn survivors of acid attacks.

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Guest Post: An Entrepreneur's Thoughts on Market Incentives & Foreign Aid

Mills Scofield

” He also highlighted the fundraising events of another British organization. by Chia Han Sheng on Sunday, August 19, 2012. years.

The Microfinance Contagion Scenario

Harvard Business Review

So far, the Andhra Pradesh (AP) microfinance crisis has largely been viewed as a local issue, with relatively little impact beyond AP or India's borders. Other microfinance crises, in Bolivia, Nicaragua, Nigeria, and Bosnia, have not spread beyond the borders of a particular country. That's exactly what's happening.

An Approach to Ending Poverty That Works

Harvard Business Review

Microfinance and other market-based interventions don’t generally reach them. And we may have found a way to do this.

Can Technology End Poverty?

Harvard Business Review

The organization I'm part of, BRAC, is known for going to scale with solutions that are often radically low-tech. million users.

Can Technology End Poverty?

Harvard Business Review

The organization I'm part of, BRAC, is known for going to scale with solutions that are often radically low-tech. million users.

What Makes Social Entrepreneurs Different

Harvard Business Review

When social entrepreneurs say that they want to "work themselves out of a job" they are not making a glib statement to sound cool.

The Conference That’s Trying to Reinvent How We Network

Harvard Business Review

Of course, not all business event organizers work so hard to help attendees network. C2 Montréal’s outdoor plaza at night.

Scaling Up Without Losing Your Edge

Harvard Business Review

Yet the elements of "smallness" that attracted Schumacher and his followers remain relevant to BRAC and similar organizations. It moves.

How Social Entrepreneurs Can Have the Most Impact

Harvard Business Review

My organization, The Bridgespan Group, received 1,800 applications for 18 entry-level positions consulting to nonprofits and philanthropy. is Year Up , an organization that mentors and trains disconnected youth into living-wage jobs. After a decade of persistence, the organization now reaches 2,000 kids per year, yet there are 6.7

It's Not All About Growth for Social Enterprises

Harvard Business Review

For us the question is not how do you grow organizations but how do you scale impact? Multiply Impact, Don't Just Grow the Organization.

Give Impact Investing Time and Space to Develop

Harvard Business Review

We allowed microfinance and the venture capital industry the time and space to develop over a few decades. sanitation, housing, mobile banking).

Facebook Presence Is an Important Clue to a Social Venture's Future

Harvard Business Review

What does this mean for would-be investors and for the supporters (both individuals and organizations) of social entrepreneurs?

Entrepreneurs: You're More Important Than Your Business Plan

Harvard Business Review

Marquis is building his organization in Massachusetts, a far cry from the Los Angeles of his youth. In short, the business plan is overrated.

Transforming Rural India Through Agricultural Innovation

Harvard Business Review

To sustain the benefits derived, the Social Development initiatives of NAF have helped village communities in establishing community-based institutions like Farmers Clubs (160), Self Help Groups and Joint Liability Groups (900), Farmers Producer Organizations (6), Watershed committees (25) etc for collective decision and action.

Making Sense of the Many Kinds of Impact Investing

Harvard Business Review

Everyone agrees that impact investing is on the rise. Faced with this uncertainty, most investors have chosen one of three options. Type of impact.

Servant Leadership Observer ? November 2010

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Blogging is a Mirror of Yourself and Your Organization. Peer-to-Peer Microfinance: A Sustainable Solution to Poverty. Twitter. LINKEDIN.

Why CEOs have Liberal Arts Degrees

Mills Scofield

While in high school, she started a 50-student organization supporting Acid Survivors Foundation to help rehabilitate burn survivors of acid attacks.

Funders Can Give More than Money

Harvard Business Review

With the country still dangling from the fiscal cliff, charitable organizations like ours are finding that the individuals and foundations we depend on are more discerning than ever in their choices of how to spend their philanthropic capital. We know that microfinance alone will not break the poverty cycle.

Global Entrepreneurs Need New Funding Models

Harvard Business Review

Even non-governmental organizations, hardly usual allies for the private sector, are joining the wave of support for small business. Some microfinance organizations are also moving out of the purely micro and toward larger lending. and] a serious constraint on efforts to promote strong and sustainable global recovery.".

It Takes a Village to Raise an Entrepreneur

Harvard Business Review

Social entrepreneurship has evolved a great deal since the late 1980s, when pioneers like City Year 's Alan Khazei and Teach for America 's Wendy Kopp took great risks to prove that innovative organizations could produce transformative social change. Take, for example, the issue of economic development. Social enterprise