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Now What? Three Success Factors for Translating the Corporate Responsibility to Respect into Practice

by Faris Natour, Leading Perspectives: A Trends and Solutions Publication from Business for Social Responsibility; Spring 2009. Corporate responsibility for human rights is a hot topic. As part of the discussions over the last few years, UN Special Representative for Business and Human Rights, John Ruggie, facilitated the development of a conceptual framework: ‘Protect, Respect, and Remedy.’ It asserts that the state maintains its duty to protect citizens from corporate human rights abuses. The corporate … Continue reading

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Ten Nonprofit Funding Models

by William Landes Foster, Peter Kim, and Barbara Christiansen, The Stanford Social Innovation Review, Spring 2009. This article recommends that a new shorthand lexicon is needed for nonprofit leaders to articulate quickly and clearly how their organisations are focused and financed. The authors provide a useful cheat-sheet to alleviate funding fuzziness in the nonprofit sector. They identify the following ten nonprofit funding models: 1) Heartfelt connector – focusing on a cause that resonates with people … Continue reading

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Message in a Bottle: David de Rothschild’s Oceanic Eco-crusade

by John Colapinto, The New Yorker; April 6, 2009. What on earth is a billionaire doing cruising the Pacific on a bottleboat named Plastiki? To find the answer to that question requires a bit of history and a bit of imagination. In 1947, the Kon-Tiki set sail across the Pacific Ocean from Peru to Polynesia on a demonstration voyage to show that tribes from South America could have crossed the ocean and settled the Polynesian … Continue reading

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Participation Society

Griffith Review, Edition 24, by Griffith University, 2009. CSI’s very own Peter Shergold and Cheryl Kernot appear in the Griffith Review’s recent issue on participation society. Both essays are reminders that structural innovation is at work in Australian society. Kernot’s essay, ‘A quiet revolution,’ is a personal reflection on a shift she sees towards a society which puts: “social value at its core.” Kernot writes about social entrepreneurship which she believes is already reshaping people’s … Continue reading

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Autumn 2009: Innovative Thinking about Social Impact

Welcome to the third issue of Knowledge Connect, CSI’s review that seeks to connect readers to ideas and debates related to social impact. This issue highlights articles that deal with innovation – a fashionable term in social impact circles. The summaries below highlight social innovators at work and some of the behind-the-scenes work required to make these innovative ideas stick. Writer and activist Peter Singer pushes innovative thinking directly onto the world stage with his … Continue reading

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Fair go nation has gone

by Peter Wilson, The Australian; May 9, 2009. Australia may have built its reputation as a society that offers a ‘fair go,’ but a recently released book challenges this selfperception. And what’s more, it says our lack of equality may be bad for our health. The Spirit Level: Why Equal Societies Almost Always do Better, by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, has already stirred up debate in the United Kingdom. Now, this book has come … Continue reading

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Factors Affecting Member Perceptions of Coalition Impact

by Rebecca Wells, Mark Feinberg, Jeffrey A. Alexander, and Ann J. Ward, Nonprofit Management & Leadership, vol. 19, no. 3; Spring 2009. What is it that makes a successful coalition – and what is the X-factor that makes its members believe they are achieving a real impact? This academic paper investigates these questions by bringing together and extending research on perceptions of social impact. The authors’ research focuses on coalitions – which are defined as … Continue reading

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Electric Evangelist – Can Shai Agassi of Better Place, An Electric-Car Company, Honour His Grand Promises?

The Economist, May 2, 2009. Shai Agassi has an idea that would radically alter the automotive industry: he’s leading the “re”-charge of the electric car. Electric cars have been around for years; however they have neither been cheap enough nor convenient enough for the mass market. So, Agassi has developed a systems integration solution for the problem. His insight is to physically separate the battery from the car, thereby allowing a network of battery swapping … Continue reading

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Market Rebels and Radical Innovation

by Hayagreeva Rao, The McKinsey Quarterly, Number 2; 2009. This McKinsey Quarterly article invites us to reconsider the concept of innovation in light of its mutinous roots. The author, Hayagreeva Rao is a Professor at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. He has recently published a book on innovation entitled: Market Rebels: How Activists Make or Break Radical Innovations. Rao’s aim is to encourage innovators to act more like insurgents and less like bureaucrats. True … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty

BY Peter Singer, Text Publishing , Melbourne; 2009. Reviewed by Dr. Michael Liffman, Director, Asia-Pacific Centre for Social Investment and Philanthropy, Swinburne University. Peter Singer’s latest book should be one of his least controversial – and, paradoxically, therefore one of his most important. Singer’s ideas inevitably excite heated debate, largely because, notwithstanding their extraordinary lucidity, logic and respect for facts, they rest on premises – the priority of avoiding suffering, the interests of animals, the … Continue reading

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