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Service deserts in nonprofit-land

The prevailing wisdom these days is that survival of the fittest should take its course, the only problem being that the fittest may not be the most valuable.

By Paul Light | March 10, 2011; 09:59 AM ET | Comments (5)

Is Bill Gates wrong about polio?

Gates is right to set an audacious goal and take it to the finish line. In doing so, he has decided to convert what many see as an intractable problem into one that is solvable.

By Paul Light | February 4, 2011; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (70)

Are social entrepreneurs crazy?

Social entrepreneurs have never been in greater demand as the world grinds on with tired solutions to seemingly intractable problems such as hunger, poverty, war, inequality, and disease. In theory, social entrepreneurs bring new combinations of ideas for challenging the prevailing wisdom that these problems are intractable at all. There is no doubt that social entrepreneurs exist, nor any doubt that they are changing the world. Unfortunately, here is an emerging portrait of social entrepreneurs as just plain crazy, or at least "crazy enough" to think their idea might work. It is just plain wrong, even a bit crazy itself.

By Paul Light | October 13, 2010; 09:38 AM ET | Comments (5)

How much should non-profit leaders earn?

The recent controversy over the CEO's compensation at the Boys and Girls Clubs of America has re-opened a long-simmering debate about how much public leaders should be paid.

By Paul Light | April 22, 2010; 09:23 AM ET | Comments (40)

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