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March 10, 2008

Sidebar on a Social Keiretsu: NY Times Mag Interviews the New Philanthropy

Where parties appear to be independent, but are in fact closely related and share interests, but this is not disclosed, the effect on readers is misleading per se. NYT Magazine editor Paul Tough provides edbizbuzz with a case study of the problem.

February 26, 2008

Deconstructing a Social Keiretsu (III): Money Talks, But What Does it Say?

Does the pattern of foundation grants suggest coordination, concerted action, a network, an alliance?

February 21, 2008

Deconstructing a Social Keiretsu in Public Education (II): Board of Directors

The social keiretsu imitates the vertical and horizontal spread of its commercial counterpart.

February 20, 2008

Social Entrepreneurship: Summing Up

This is the sixth in series addressing the questions implied by Alexander Russo's statement. “Social entrepreneurship is everywhere these days…. And of course it's a big buzzword in certain education circles as well. I still don't know what it means.” In this series of posts, I’ve tried to...

February 15, 2008

1996: Entrepreneurship Reaches a Critical Mass in Public Education (II)

Either we call all nonprofit founders social entrepreneurs – in which case the term is spin; or we come up with something important to distinguish the new group of nonprofit leaders from their predecessors.

February 14, 2008

1996: Entrepreneurship Reaches a Critical Mass in Public Education (I)

A definition of “social entrepreneur” encompassing the proposition that traditional entrepreneurs involved in commercial enterprise serving public education is just so much spin. These are only “social” entrepreneurs to the extent that Henry Ford was a “transportation” entrepreneur. The people called "social entrepreneurs" formed nonprofits

February 13, 2008

What Happened in Public Education BSE (Before Social Entrepreneurship)?

Up until roughly the 1990s, a market structure based on a monopoly provider of public schools, an oligopoly of publishers, and no student performance requirements, more or less prevented the emergence of commercial or social entrepreneurship in public education.

February 12, 2008

Social Entrepreneurship: First, Define "Entrepreneur"

“One who is able to begin, sustain and when necessary, effectively and efficiently dissolve a business entity.” And "one who organizes supply to satisfy a previously unmet demand.”

February 11, 2008

Uberblogger Russo Asks: What is Social Entrepreneurship in Public Education? Who is a Social Entrepreneur?

There are real social entrepreneurs in public education. They are quite scarce, not many are the people called such by the media and, if we apply the term properly, it will be obvious that most of the real social entrepreneurs in public education are being starved by their supposed benefactors - sometimes quite deliberately.

January 26, 2008

Does Philanthropy Sink Contrary Research Too?

On January 18, This Week in Education’s uberblogger Alexander Russo asked whether foundations suppressed unfavorable research on the effectiveness of their grantee's educational programs. There have been a few comments on methodology. I have some observations on the issue.

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