Probably Wrong ūüĎć

At the recommendation of Tim Hannigan, winner of Canada's Most Well Read¬†Men Under 40¬†award, I am currently reading¬†How¬†We Think by John¬†Dewey.¬†It's old--written in 1910--but as Philosophy Ph.D-to-be and my older brother Robert would say, most of the best stuff is. The book argues that the primary role of education, and perhaps by extension the highest …

PhD Week 1: The Proposal

(Or: Excerpts from a sample¬†PhD application) What does it take¬†to apply successfully to a PhD program? I still have no idea, despite having done it once. Regardless, below is some of what I included in my PhD proposal to the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.¬†This is already out …

Visualizing the GIIN Impact Investing Network with Neo4j

Impact investing is a new and growing field in which financial institutions and individuals invest their money not only for financial return, but also for social and environmental impact. The field is in such a state of rapid growth that Antony Bugg-Levine and Jed Emerson, two central players in this arena, recently described impact investing …

Response to “The Payoff of Pay-for-Success”

The future of PFS,‚ÄĚ argue V. Kasturi Rangan and Lisa A. Chase [in The Payoff of Pay For Success], ‚Äúlies in aligning with impact-seeking investors, not return-seeking investors.‚ÄĚ Should it? Or should Pay-For-Success (PFS) designers continue to make an effort to bring return-seeking capital to the table? Based on the principles of the organizational theory …

Toward a practical, impact-focused classification of social enterprises

Below is the second half of an essay that I put together for Alex Nicholls'¬†Social Entrepreneurship course at Oxford's¬†Sa√Įd Business School. It is verbose, thanks to an¬†academic word count target. The nut graf, as my friend Ben¬†has taught me to call it, is that I believe¬†that social¬†enterprises (businesses that hope to have¬†a positive social impact …