Monday, March 06, 2006

Do gooding these days

Oh, do gooding isn't easy. I don't want to comment too much on these links, but I really like Global Giving, I am dying to purchase William Easterly's The White Man's Burden : Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good and this Post article hits some crucial points about the "bureaucratic, supply-push approach" of international development.

It seems that do gooding is becoming more business-like these days. The Economist published a thought-provoking survey on The Business of Giving last week that highlighted some interesting issues in giving and philanthropy.

I am curious. Social marketing, social enterprise, social entrepreneur, venture philanthropy? Something is happening to the language of the "charity" and "non-profit" sectors. Good, bad or indifferent, it is changing.

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