As I examined in a previous post, Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter thinks that profit is the key to scale, even for nonprofit organizations. Lack of profit might be what keeps social enterprises from reaching the scale necessary to make a difference in the world.
A recent Stanford Social Innovation Review article, “Four Approaches to Nonprofit Sustainability,” discusses ways to scale a nonprofit:
Continue reading Scale: What’s the difference between growth and sustainability?
Michael Porter is a respected professor of strategy at Harvard School of Business. In this TED talk, he explains why profit is the key to scaling social impact.
Continue reading Is scale the Achilles’ heel of non-profits?
The book The Business Solution to Poverty argues against non-profit development and for scalable, business-like approaches to end poverty. When I reviewed the book, I saw a lot of practical wisdom in the argument, but also wondered how many such approaches could live up to the challenge. I think Hello Tractor could make the grade.
Continue reading Business solution to poverty: Hello Tractor
“If we want our cities to do more than simply expand haphazardly to accept their new residents, it’s time to start planning.”
Continue reading Redesigning unequal cities
I admit this post’s headline can sound a bit snarky, but it reflects a legitimate curiosity that struck me recently. After all my posts here about a lack of marketing know-how in the public and social sectors, I started wondering if public and social leaders are ever introduced to marketing concepts.
Continue reading Do they teach bureaucrats marketing?
It’s primary election season in California. Sometimes we compare elections to the corporate hiring process, talking about “the best person for the job” or “tossing someone out of the office.”
Extending that comparison, the campaign process becomes analogous to interviewing. In my voter’s pamphlet (with its awful governmental page layout), several candidates emphasized their MBA or CPA credentials or business and managerial experience.
Continue reading Twelve marketing questions for politicians and candidates
Part of the marketing challenge for public and social services is scale. To be fair and equitable, public services should be accessible to all of the public. There are obvious logistical challenges to serving all the public (consider the ability to deliver a letter to any and every address in the country). But as a recent Harvard Business Review article points out, not all members of the public are the same, either.
Continue reading Scale: considerations for reaching large audiences
A recent story from the Business Innovation Facility about the MEGA project touches many of the themes of this blog: how to distribute affordable energy to rural communities living off the grid at the bottom of the economic pyramid. It also raises an interesting question about scale.
Continue reading Scaling micro hydro power in Malawi