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A Series from The Conversations Network

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Last Build Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2008 02:37:43 CST

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Carol Larson - Assessing Performance and Refining Strategy

Mon, 17 Nov 2008 00:00:00 CST

What does it take to keep a large foundation focused on evaluation for self-improvement? As part of the Stanford Social Innovation Review's conference on evaluation, Carol Larson, CEO of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, shares tools, lessons, and strategies for assessing performance to create a "culture of inquiry." Organizational qualities such as innovation, collaboration among stakeholders, and freedom to make "mistakes" are critical elements to foster an effective learning enterprise.

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Good Measures Conference - Evaluation in the Nonprofit Sector

Mon, 10 Nov 2008 00:00:00 CST

Evaluation is one of the most powerful mechanisms a nonprofit organization can use to unlock its potential, become more effective, and achieve success. But traditional evaluation methods are expensive, require thorough knowledge of the social sciences, and take a good deal of time to perform. In this part of the Stanford Social Innovation Review's conference on evaluation, Mark Kramer details how nonprofits can better incorporate evaluation to achieve their mission and bring about social change.

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Thomas M. Siebel - Using Marketing Techniques to Fight Meth Abuse

Sun, 2 Nov 2008 00:00:00 CDT

The abuse of the synthetic drug known as methamphetamine has become a top crime problem in the United States, and now a global epidemic. In this talk, part of the Stanford Social Innovation Review's conference on evaluation, IT leader and philanthropist Thomas Siebel discusses the nature of meth addiction as well as the efforts of the Meth Project, a large-scale prevention program aimed at reducing first-time meth use through public service messaging, public policy, and community outreach.

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Tim Sanders - Saving the World at Work

Thu, 2 Oct 2008 00:00:00 CDT

Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with Tim Sanders, author of "Saving the World at Work," and asks how to combine doing good, with working.

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Laura Arrillaga - Philanthropy Today

Wed, 3 Sep 2008 00:00:00 CDT

Venture philanthropy and other new products and trends indicate that philanthropy has changed dramatically over the past 10 years. Donors are younger than ever before and foundations have become increasingly professionalized. In this discussion, sponsored by the Stanford Center for Social Innovation, philanthropy expert Peter Hero interviews Laura Arrillaga, a leader in Silicon Valley, about developments that are now making philanthropy a powerhouse for social change.

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Cliff Schmidt - The Talking Book Device

Fri, 29 Aug 2008 00:00:00 CDT

People learning to read will soon be able to use a handheld device to practice their reading skills when trained teachers and the Internet are not available. Using inexpensive hardware, Literacy Bridge plans to provide Talking Book audio players/recorders in developing nations starting this fall, with a goal of selling them for $10 per device or less. Listen to Cliff Schmidt describe the Talking Book and the benefits it will bring to people in far-flung locations.

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Dr. Christopher Elias - Advancing Technology to Improve Health

Mon, 25 Aug 2008 00:00:00 CDT

PATH (Program for Appropriate Technology and Health) is a nonprofit organization designed to ensure that the benefits of innovation in science and technology are available to developing countries and remotely located, low-income groups. Host Sheela Sethuraman interviews Dr. Christopher Elias, president and CEO of PATH, who talks about the beginnings, accomplishments, and challenges of PATH.

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Lawrence Summer, Cameron Sinclair, Nancy Birdsall, Harriet Babbitt - What is Sustainable Development?

Sun, 17 Aug 2008 00:00:00 CDT

The Industrial Revolution ushered in an era of technological change, leading to better standards of living for us today. Yet this progress has taken a toll on the non-renewable resources of our planet. Given the accelerated rate at which developing nations now follow in our footsteps in the exploitation of natural resources, how long will our planet be able to sustain such growth? Panelists Harriet Babbitt, Nancy Birdsall, Lawrence Summers and Cameron Sinclair discuss the meaning of, and ways to achieve, sustainable development.

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Alana Conner - Evaluation for Normal People

Sun, 15 Jun 2008 00:00:00 CDT

In the frenzy over accountability funders, donors, and the general public are calling for more program evaluation. Yet few understand how expensive and complex good evaluation is. Speaking at the 2006 Nonprofit Management Institute at Stanford, Alana Conner, senior editor of the Stanford Social Innovation Review illustrates how half-hearted evaluation can do more harm than good. Rick Aubry and Victor Kuo join her to give nonprofit and foundation perspectives.

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Stanford Social Entrepreneurship Day - Funding Social Enterprises

Sun, 25 May 2008 00:00:00 CDT

With valuable advice for all types of entrepreneurs, this Stanford Entrepreneurship Week panel offers a unique perspective for funding a social entrepreneur startup. Kriss Deiglmeier leads an engaging discussion between funders and social entrepreneurs that provides actionable advice and insightful lessons.

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Yasmina Zaidman - Using Markets to Reduce Poverty

Sun, 9 Mar 2008 00:00:00 CST

Despite the stunning advances in medicine during the last half century, more than 25,000 children die each day for want of medicine that costs less than a cup of coffee. Inadequate access to health care is just one of the tremendous problems facing the millions of people around the world who earn less than $4 a day. Invited to Stanford by the Center for Social Innovation, Yasmina Zaidman describes how the Acumen model supports microenterprises that are helping to alleviate poverty, and shares the opportunities and challenges the organization faces.

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Charles Handy - The New Philanthropists

Thu, 20 Dec 2007 00:00:00 CST

In Britain, something is happening that hasn't happened for 100 years. More people are becoming incredibly wealthy, not only through inheritance, but also because of their own hard work. A phenomenon on this scale has not happened since the Victorian industrialists. Philosopher Charles Handy tells his 2007 Skoll World Forum audience about entrepreneurs who put their energies into meeting some perceived social need--something that government never gets around to and that private enterprise typically doesn't see a market for.

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The Future of Philanthropy - Skoll World Forum 2007

Sun, 9 Dec 2007 00:00:00 CST

As the boundary between the for-profit and nonprofit worlds continues to blur, how may philanthropy evolve to assist social change? A panel of academics and practitioners discusses how public- and private-sector support may be combined in new ways in the future to fund progressive domestic and global social enterprises.

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Jim Greenwood - BioTech Nation

Mon, 5 Nov 2007 00:00:00 CST

On BioTech Nation, Jim Greenwood, the President and CEO of BIO, the Biotechnology Industry Organization, speaks with Dr. Moira Gunnabout an innovative new conference: Partnering for Global Health which brings together biotech and science, global philanthropists, and people in need.

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Katherine Fulton - Finding Philanthropy's New Sweet Spots

Tue, 12 Jun 2007 00:00:00 CDT

How can philanthropy have a greater impact on social problems? In this talk, Monitor Institute president Katherine Fulton envisions a new era in which philanthropy will reclaim the American dream for communities that have been left behind. Invited to speak by the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Fulton reviews how philanthropy has changed over the last 10 years, and how the public and private sectors can work together to create social change.

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Jessica Jackley Flannery - Redefining Microfinance in the Internet Era

Mon, 28 May 2007 00:00:00 CDT

Based in Silicon Valley, Kiva is an innovative social enterprise that uses the internet to connect lenders with small businesses around the world. Jessica Flannery talks with Design for Change host Sheela Sethuraman about starting the organization, and reflects on some of the reasons for its rapid growth and success.

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Council on Foundations Annual Conference - Nonprofit Acountability Practices

Mon, 23 Apr 2007 00:00:00 CDT

Are foundations' grantmaking and reporting processes aligned with their strategies? Funders rely on grantee reporting to measure the impact of their investments, but improving program effectiveness is challenging. New data from a Center for Social Innovation study details nonprofit accountability practices and the costs of conflicting demands. Panelists debate ways in which evaluation requirements may help or hinder mission delivery.

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Denise Gammal - The Nonprofit Accountability Trap

Mon, 15 Jan 2007 00:00:00 CST

Why should a grantee invest $50,000 in computing infrastructure and add staff to comply with the reporting requirements of a $16,000 grant? The inherent tensions between the high resource costs of evaluation and the demands of service delivery are a challenge for nonprofits and foundations alike. Denise Gammal presents the results from Stanford Center for Social Innovation's large-scale study on nonprofit management to foundation professionals.

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Gerald Richards and Dee Dee Nguyen - Diversity in Fundraising

Sun, 17 Dec 2006 00:00:00 CST

Shifting demographics among donors, fundraisers, and the communities they serve, calls on nonprofit organizations to think about diversity on many levels. How can you connect with donors who are different than you? How does inclusiveness strengthen your organization as a whole? Gerald Richards and Dee Dee Nguyen explore these questions at the 2007 Nonprofit Boot Camp and reflect on how to reach across the divides of ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, and other differences to strengthen bonds and create new opportunities.

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Pamela Hawley - The Social Entrepreneurship Landscape

Sun, 5 Nov 2006 00:00:00 CST

When approaching funders and volunteers you must "come from a space of opportunity and not from a space of need" argues Pamela Hawley at the 2007 Nonprofit Boot Camp. Drawing from her experience with UniversalGiving and VolunteerMatch, Hawley describes what it takes to create a successful social entrepreneurship organization.

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Kay Sprinkel Grace - Craigslist Boot Camp Keynote

Sun, 29 Oct 2006 00:00:00 CDT

Mission, vision, and values are the essential ingredients of a transformational process which brings philanthropists and organizations together to meet critical community needs. Kay Sprinkel Grace approaches fundraising with an attitude of pride and power. She explains how donors are inspired to invest in an organization that communicates shared beliefs by taking real action to benefit those in need.

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Scott Ullman - Introduction to Fundraising Planning (Part II)

Tue, 3 Oct 2006 00:00:00 CDT

Speaking at the 2007 Nonprofit Boot Camp, Scott Ullman provides a wealth of practical information and how-tos for developing a fundraising campaign. Concrete examples based on a successful nonprofit illustrate both the day-to-day operations and the leadership skills needed to guide any organization towards good planning habits, successful execution, and a sustainable fundraising strategy.

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Scott Ullman - Introduction to Fundraising Planning (Part I)

Mon, 2 Oct 2006 00:00:00 CDT

Scott Ullman walks his audience of nonprofit executives gathered at the 2007 Nonprofit Boot Camp through the steps of planning a fundraising campaign, including how to integrate fundraising into the day-to-day activities of a nonprofit organization. This program is geared to people who have never undertaken a fundraising plan before, but offers great advice for anyone looking to sharpen their strategy.

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Expecting Returns - Bridging the Gap Conference

Mon, 28 Aug 2006 00:00:00 CDT

For years, many believed that socially responsible investments could simply not hold up to traditional investments. Social capital market experts dispel the myths associated with socially responsible investing, and look toward the future of what is to come as more and more funds offer social choices.

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Strategic Philanthropy - Bridging the Gap Conference

Mon, 17 Jul 2006 00:00:00 CDT

A new generation of innovative philanthropists is helping to transform charitable giving. This panel discussion highlights the philosophy of three young, but outstanding, organizations in the strategic philanthropic field. Panelists emphasize the targeted use of wealth to address specific social challenges.

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Community Foundations - Bridging the Gap Conference

Thu, 1 Jun 2006 00:00:00 CDT

Community foundations have become an increasingly common outlet for charitable giving and activities in the United States. In this panel discussion, community foundation leaders discuss innovative models for turning dollars into social change, as well as challenges faced by this important sector of philanthropy.

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Jed Emerson - Value Creation

Thu, 1 Jun 2006 00:00:00 CDT

The nonprofit sector delivers social value and the for-profit sector delivers economic value, right? Wrong! Speaking at Bridging the Gap, the 2005 Stanford Net Impact conference, Jed Emerson argues that value is non-divisible, whole, and blended. He invites us to think beyond philanthropy, corporate social responsibility, social enterprise, and other limiting mindsets.

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Corporate Philanthropy - Bridging the Gap Conference

Mon, 3 Apr 2006 00:00:00 CDT

How can philanthropy mesh with a company's core strategy? In this discussion, executives from cutting-edge corporate donors share the various strategies used by their companies to serve societal needs. They consider issues such as the value proposition of giving for shareholders, and whether for-profits' philanthropic efforts can be purely altruistic.

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Globalization of Technology Panel - Software 2005

Sun, 10 Jul 2005 00:00:00 CDT

How do you make a laptop that sells for less than $100 in order to sell to developing countries? Should businesses be considering the developing world as markets or as areas in need of charity? This lively panel discussion covers numerous technological solutions to the global digital divide from the perspectives of business, education and the international development community. [Software 2005 audio from IT Conversations]

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Ethan Zuckerman - New Solutions

Thu, 2 Dec 2004 00:00:00 CST

Ethan Zuckerman founded Geekcorps, a non-profit technology volunteer corps. Geekcorps pairs skilled volunteers from US and European high tech companies with businesses in emerging nations for one to four month volunteer tours. Volunteers have served in 14 nations, completing over a hundred projects, and will serve in Ghana, Senegal, Mali, Vietnam and Morocco in 2004. Geekcorps became a division of the International Executive Service Corps in 2001, where Ethan served as a vice president from 2001-4.

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