Tag: social problems

“Poverty Trap” or “Dead Aid”?

For decades, economists, historians, scholars and the like have studied economic development on the continent of Africa, seeking to explain what factors account for the region’s slow growth. From my own research, two interesting schools of thought have emerged: the concept of the “Poverty Trap” as purported by venerated economist and director of the UN …

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Prove Your Worth – 10 Commandments for Social Entrepreneurship

So if you have been following the series, you know that we are providing tips assisting would-be social entrepreneurs in the development of new ideas, programs and organizations. This next tip is something that is often developed after work has already occurred and when it is to late to make major organizational changes. So this …

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De-Gaying Uganda

David Kato, a prominent Ugandan gay rights activist, was bludgeoned to death with a hammer in broad daylight at his home in Uganda, dying on his way to the hospital. News of Kato’s death reverberated throughout the world as friends, leaders, activists and human rights organizations paid tribute to a man whose lifelong legacy championed …

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Do Not Speak for Others – 10 Commandments for Social Entrepreneurship

We continue in our Social Entrepreneur Series with this week’s commandment. Thou Shalt Not Speak for Others So you have designed an intervention for a social problem that you hope will change the lives of a community. You can see the great solution and want to raise awareness of why this is important. After all …

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Loving to Death

David Kato was probably murdered because of how he loved. That was his only crime. Not because he treated people badly. Not because he stole or created terrorism. His murder probably occurred because he was an openly gay man and an outspoken advocate for gay rights in his country. He was bludgeoned to death on …

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The Business of Teaching Social Innovation

More business schools across the United States are adding or expanding their social entrepreneurship offerings. This comes in the form of adding an entrepreneurial track of courses that have a social innovation theme or even a concentration or degree in social entrepreneurship. Most of these programs focus on the differences in non-profit and for-profit initiatives …

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Artistic Power

“Create dangerously, for people who read dangerously. That is what I’ve always thought it meant to be a writer. Writing, knowing in part that no matter how trivial your words may seem, someday, somewhere, someone may risk his or her life to read them.” ~ Edwidge Danticant – Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work …

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Awareness building through music

I have shared how we are losing a battle as the number of suicides increase. A huge factor in this is the persecution and bullying that gay, lesbian, transgendered and bisexual individuals face because of their lifestyle and sexuality. One method of increasing tolerance is to build awareness and to show how our actions impact …

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We Are Losing

This past weekend another young person took their life. This news is starting to become all too familiar and the stories are starting to run together. A child is bullied for being different (gay, new, small, big, quiet,promiscuous, prude, black, white, purple etc.) and constantly tormented by their peers. These bullies never leave them alone. …

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