Category: Education

Houseless by degrees

22 May, 2012 (10:33) | Bankruptcy, Ecosystem, Education, Homeownership, Households, Housing, Loans, Rental, Student loans |

By:David A. Smith   The deeper one digs into our current massive supply overhang of foreclosed or foreclosing homes, the more causes one finds, unexpected causes.  Beyond the securitization froth, Fannie Mae’s peccadillos and malfeasances, the end of the Baby Boomer Buyer Bulge, or even the Eurozone’s starvation for yield, let’s add another one: a […]

The wrong way to be a global-south non-profit: Part 3, untruth will never set you free

13 April, 2011 (11:45) | Ecosystem, Education, Global news, Grants, Madonna, Malawi, Non-Profits, Philanthropy | 3 comments

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   [I've constructed this multi-part post from three principal sources: the Guardian (21 Jan 11, Calibri), Newsweek (3 Apr 11, Georgia), and the New York Times (24 Mar 11, Arial).  I sought and failed to obtain a copy of the Global […]

The wrong way to be a global-south non-profit: Part 2, arrogant ego kills

12 April, 2011 (10:21) | Ecosystem, Education, Global news, Grants, Madonna, Malawi, Non-Profits, Philanthropy | 1 comment

By: David A. Smith    [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   [I've constructed this multi-part post from three principal sources: the Guardian (21 Jan 11, Calibri), Newsweek (3 Apr 11, Georgia), and the New York Times (24 Mar 11, Arial).  I sought and failed to obtain a copy of the Global Philanthropy Group (GPG) report […]

The wrong way to be a global-south non-profit: Part 1, the paving of good intentions

11 April, 2011 (16:05) | Ecosystem, Education, Global news, Grants, Madonna, Malawi, Non-Profits, Philanthropy |

By: David A. Smith    A non-profit social enterprise or Mission Entrepreneurial Entity is a charity joined at the hip to a business, and the two elements are non-convertible – strength in one cannot make up for weakness in the other.    One raised fist = guaranteed success? Ms. Ciccone at one of two ceremonial […]

Microfinance and the housing value chain: Part 2, tweak what you do now

12 September, 2008 (08:29) | Education, Global, Housing, Innovations, Microfinance, Primer Posts |

Yesterday’s post on my experience teaching a brand-new course, Mortgages for the Poor; An Overview of Products and Supporting Infrastructure at the world-famous Boulder Microfinance Training Program (MFT), brought us to the point of wanting to follow the customer.  Whoever gets the customer first, wins!   The MFI customer needs and wants a housing-finance product, […]