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‘If a factory is torn down but the rationality which produced it is left standing, then that rationality will simply produce another factory. If a revolution destroys a government, but the systematic patterns of thought that produced that government are left intact, then those patterns will repeat themselves in the succeeding government. There’s so much talk about the system. And so little understanding.’ – Robert Pirsig (1974 p92) In the quintessentially ‘70s book Zen and … Continue reading
As guest editors of the Spring 2011 edition of Knowledge Connect on Philanthropy: Impact over Intentions, Paul Flatau and Elena Douglas at CSI (UWA) examined the emergence of a generation of philanthropists who value impact and effectiveness over intentions. They looked at the principal global forces guiding these changes and how that was impacting Australian philanthropy. In the then Federal Government’s 2005 Giving Australia: Research on Philanthropy in Australia, it was estimated that a total … Continue reading
Fairtrade’s roots can be traced back as far as 50 years ago, anchored in a mixture of charity and solidarity, and what has become known as the Fair Trade movement. Before looking deeper into the topic of Fairtrade, I would like to establish an important distinction the public may not have yet fully grasped: the distinction between Fair Trade (2 words) and Fairtrade (1 word): Fair Trade is a … Continue reading
In global philanthropy today we are seeing the emergence of a generation of philanthropists who value impact and effectiveness over intentions. These philanthropists are beginning to demand rigorous evidence bases to underpin their investment allocation decisions. And in doing so, they confront the problem of the gap between the theory of social impact measurement and the enormous practical difficulties in measuring social value in the real world setting. In this edition of Knowledge Connect, we … Continue reading
2011 is the tenth anniversary of the international year of volunteering. Ten years ago, the United Nations declared 2001 to be the international year of volunteering and this had a strong impact on enhancing volunteering in developed and developing countries. In 2011 the UN will commemorate the 10 year anniversary by publishing the World State of Volunteering. As such, it is appropriate that the first Knowledge Connect in 2011 is dedicated to volunteering. As Prof. … Continue reading
In this issue we take a look at ethics in the Third Sector, from a broad discussion of the ideas underpinning civilisation, to the values each of us brings to decisions and we then explore the link between personal values and corporate responsibility. Recent developments such as the unethical conduct of some financial institutions during the global financial crisis as well as the recent example of the BP ‘Deepwater Horizon’ oil spill have resulted in … Continue reading
Welcome to the seventh issue of Knowledge Connect. The following selections revolve around the topic of leadership. Leadership is often equated with power. In practice, the true power of any leader is not determined by his or her position alone; it depends upon the economic, political and social forces over which he or she presides. Leaders in the social impact sector often deal with complex and sticky social problems. Making headway on these problems is … Continue reading