Category: Governance

There’s big money in charity: Part 2, Few would thrive

26 March, 2015 (10:00) | Boston, Charities, Competition, Governance, Housing, Impact, MEEs, NGOs, Nonprofits, Overhead, Speculation, Theory, US News | No comments

By: David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] It was finally decided that since I was a budding historian it would be nice if I made a historic record of the first shipment of Food for Peace from the time that it left Baltimore with appropriate fanfare to when it entered the bellies of […]

There’s big money in charity: Part 1, Not corporate chieftains?

25 March, 2015 (10:00) | Boston, Charities, Competition, Governance, Housing, Impact, MEEs, NGOs, Nonprofits, Overhead, Speculation, Theory, US News | No comments

By: David A. Smith [I wrote a report about how] some Madison Avenue sharpies ripped off the Office of Economic Opportunity. That one I entitled, “Poverty is Where the Money’s At.” – Ross Thomas, If You Can’t Be Good (1973) Profit is normally the premium one pays for competence, but are all profits equal?  Malcolm […]

Scandals are what happen when we are busy making strategic plans

27 August, 2012 (09:36) | Admin, Affordability, Boston Consulting Group, Governance, Housing, Management, MEEs, New York City, NYCHA, Property management, Public housing, US News |

By:David A. Smith   Readers expecting to read a continuation of our grand theory of Chinese urbanization will have to wait a few days, as we interrupt the series to catch up on timely news from New York and Boston.  Suppose for the moment that you woke up one morning and found yourself newly appointed […]

Slums are alternate power structures

12 January, 2011 (12:09) | Brazil, Global news, Governance, Police, Rio de Janeiro, Slums, Theory | 1 comment

By: David A. Smith   Slums are a world of alternate power structures – and when alternative power is threatened, it does not go quietly, as featured in an AP story picked up by Google News:   Brazilian soldiers on patrol in Vila Cruzeiro   RIO DE JANEIRO (AP), November 27, 2010 — The drug […]

Rebuilding needs a solid foundation of governance: Part 4, the Tralfamadorian optimist

5 August, 2010 (10:20) | Disasters, Earthquake, Global news, Governance, Haiti, Law, Legislation and policy, Philanthropy, Property rights, Theory | 2 comments

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.]   Ever since Haiti’s earthquake, I have tried to avert my gaze from it.  Like Kurt Vonnegut’s Tralfamadorians, I avoid thinking about tragedies past and focus on triumphs present and potentially future.  From the moment the first […]