Stuff #Socent Ppl Like: Thinking Outside the Box.

Hello dear readers! We hope you’re surviving the heat (unless you’re in the southern Hemisphere, in which case, it’d be the cold). Below is the TC-P round-up of recent #socent-related pieces you may have missed:

  • Lucy Bernholz has an awesome piece entitled, “Open Philanthropy,” in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. She wrote, “There was a time when the financial resources of endowed foundations were their most precious assets. Today, in an era of deep data mining, pattern recognition, network analysis, open government, open source code, and web scraping, foundations’ most valuable resources are their data.”
  • In Forbes this week, Eva Pereira wrote, “Want to advance social development? Hire and invest locally, says Tal Dehtiar, founder of OlibertéFootwear, a premium footwear company with operations throughout Africa…To illustrate his point, he explained how TOMS, a California-based shoe company that donates a pair of shoes in a developing country for each pair purchased, undermines local producers by dumping free product into the market.” Such a simple but valid point – don’t import solutions, create jobs + invest locally.
  • Too often, social entrepreneurs are positioned unequally at the bargaining/negotiation table with investors. Ashoka led an interesting discussion on Social Edge entitled, “Reclaiming the Investment Dialogue for Social Entrepreneurs.”
  • SOCAP Europe recently took place. Next Billion delves into one of the ‘tracks’ at the conference, igniting a discussion on how to move impact investment from niche to mainstream.
  • E+Co, which makes clean energy investments in developing countries, has their new annual report out – here you go.
  • The Center for Global Development also has a new report out – on U.S. aid to Pakistan. Great stuff.
  • Bryan Ferris, an Acumen Fund fellow working with Pakistani social enterprise, Ansaar Management Company, has a great piece, “$300 House? Experienced Hands Needed.” He wrote, “The concept of a $300 house (which includes a solar panel & a tablet PC) has always bothered me…it simply doesn’t match the true needs of the poor.   It smacks of an apple store geek designing a home while picturing himself as the impoverished dweller (skinny jeans & all).”
  • Also from Pakistan, Microfinance Focus has a piece about Farz Methodology, on innovations in Islamic Microfinance through livestock.

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