Selected WritingSince 2007, I've been writing on civil society, philanthropy, social enterprise, and public diplomacy in various places around the web. You can read the collected efforts below.
Charitable giving may seem like a fairly straightforward exchange: from donor to charity. But it is actually made up of many layers and multiple dynamics, many of which are invisible. This – the giving infrastructure – is what connects donors, charities, and social...read more
My research at the Centre for the Study of Philanthropy & Public Good, St Andrews University, focuses on foundation staff, reflecting on their roles as professionals within foundations and exploring relationships inherent in the development of a foundation....read more
The conversation that defines civil society is unique to each country, to the role of the state, to the role of the family and community, and to the role of the market. In North America we tend to mute this conversation and focus instead on our managerial style of...read more
The Social EnterPrize Awards were created by the Trico Charitable Foundation in 2011 to recognize and celebrate leadership and excellence in social entrepreneurship across Canada. The awards look for the best practices, social impact and innovation of organizations...read more
Michele, you should go into business. Dad, I don't want to make widgets. Sell widgets. Or improve widgets. - Adamant 20-somthing Michele Belief. The theme of the 2015 Skoll World Forum. A combination of faith and pragmatism. What carries us through when things get...read more
We’re often asked for our definition of social entrepreneurship. In the past three years, our answers have morphed. We started purely on the non-profit side, but encountered problems whereby “everyone” was becoming a social entrepreneur. As we shifted toward the...read more