Social Ethics: A Peek Into 2012 (Huffington Post): “Business as usual is changing. Or at least the way business leaders think about philanthropy is changing. In an era of global connectivity and instant media, companies increasingly view philanthropic campaigns as an intrinsic component of a successful business strategy, rather than an external obligation [...] The field is growing and changing so rapidly that its boundaries are still being drawn.” The article also cites a 2011 report from the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy finds that corporate giving is on the rise again and that 53% of companies gave more in 2010 than they did prior to the recession.
Vacant DC school buildings could house public charters (Washington Post): Four vacant DC public school buildings could become new homes for public charter schools under a proposal by city officials. The District’s Department of General Services announced Friday that it will consider offers from charters for leasing the former J.F. Cook, Langston, Rudolph, and Young elementary schools.” Just over 21% of DC charter schools are housed in former public school buildings, reports the Charter School Board. Rudolph and Young are also both located in “communities identified by the recently completed IFF study as in greatest need of improved school options” (Wards 4 and 5, in this case).
How Web-Enabled Protests Are Producing a New Breed of Leaders — Us (Nonprofit Quarterly): “What’s going on today in the world of public demonstration is at least more ambiguous, if not entirely different [than the happenings of the previous century]. In the past year, we?ve witnessed mass uprisings in the Arab world whose defining features were their very leaderlessness and contagious potential [...] If the recent history of the Internet has anything to teach us, it’s that the social web empowers ordinary people to represent themselves online in a way that would have been extremely costly just decades ago.” But as the article aptly point out, in the context of an online movement, the leaders can become indistinguishable from the followers and the question arises: who speaks for the movement? Do read the full article and let us know your thoughts!