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BRIDGE to Somewhere: A Conversation with GlobalGiving, GuideStar, the Foundation Center, and TechSoup Global

The Basic Registry of Identified Global Entities (BRIDGE) is a new collaborative project that aims to revolutionize information sharing, in order to better understand the flows of philanthropic dollars and enhance transparency and effectiveness in the global social sector. Recently, Victoria Vrana, senior program officer at the Bill & Melinda…

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A One-Year Recap of Markets For Good

Note from the Curator :: One-Year Recap As many of you know, the Markets for Good web campaign was launched last October by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation CEO Jeff Raikes at the Social Capital Markets (SOCAP12) conference in San Francisco. A year on, we’d like to give you…

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Why The Data Act Matters

On May 9, President Obama signed the U.S. Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, or DATA Act . The new law is a bold bid to transform the U.S. federal government’s spending information, in all its complexity, from disconnected documents into open data. Today, we present what it says, how it…

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An Exciting Lens Through Which To View Nonprofits: Insurance (Yes, Insurance)

Say the words “exciting” and “insurance.” I think that’s the third time in history they have appeared in the same sentence. Our loss. Investors don’t want to lose money and, thus, take a full enterprise view in due diligence, enabling informed decision-making not just at the point of investment but…

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Community Insights: Andrew Means

The Markets for Good Initiative began with our vision, where we imagined a social sector powered by information. Our aim is to be a resource, and help facilitate a community in which we share information to inspire others, with the ultimate goal of upgrading the information infrastructure for social change.…

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Globaloria: A Conversation With Dr. Idit Harel

People are the core component of this discussion on information infrastructure. It’s easy to let the data conversation tend to topics of technology, collaboration and sector buzzwords. We need those; but, in parallel, we have to ask about the human capacity to carry out these big ideas. That said, we…

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Transformational Data, From Children

Recently I had the opportunity to sit with Andrew Ackerman , Executive Director of the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM). The conversation landed squarely on the information infrastructure in the social sector, particularly as it concerns knowledge networks. How do you build and maintain one that works for your organization?…

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An Interview with Solution Practitioners

As many of you know, we spent much of last week at the Skoll World Forum, enjoying remarkable speeches from the likes of Jeff Skoll, Jaqueline Novogratz, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and many more. Behind the scenes, we were able to conduct a private interview with the team behind The Resilience…

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#MFGLive – Seattle 2014

Last week we officially kicked off the next phase of Markets For Good. Not only did we launch our brand new website – you can read all about the website’s new features here – but our founding partners at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Liquidnet hosted #MFGLive in…

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Measuring Social Returns …and Outrunning Bears

This month’s theme will focus on Measuring Social Returns. To frame the discussion, we’ll take a critical look at both the actual measures of social return and how we measure; that is, we’ll consider the underlying tools, systems, and architectures for results measurement. Now, let’s heat the pool with a…

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