Real Leaders

The Time Value of Service

Professor J. Gregory Dees, “the Academic Father of Social Entrepreneurship,” passed away shortly before Christmas. He wrote the seminal definition of social entrepreneurship and launched Harvard’s social entrepreneurship program, Duke’s Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship, and Stanford’s Center for Social Innovation. Greg would have turned 64 this year. Had he followed a traditional […]

If You Love a Concept, Let It Go: Scaling Impact through Partnership

“Possess something to make it profit you; take it as nothing to make it useful for you.” Laozi, Daodejing, Ryden translation. In his recent Stanford Social Innovation Review article “Scale = Partnership,” Roshan Paul argues that “the same market mechanism and economies of scale that enable a corporation to scale in the private sector don’t work as […]

Beyond Black & White: The Hybrid Spectrum

Have you ever watched The Wizard of Oz while listening to Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, you know, just to see if they actually match up? They do, but only once – when Dorothy first steps into Oz, the movie changes from black and white to color, and the track “Money” kicks in at […]