Category: Philanthropy

Month in Review: April, 2015

22 May, 2015 (10:02) | Bankruptcy, CDSs, Chicago, Cities, Contract rights, Detroit, Diego Rivera, Epictetus, Month in review, Municipal bankruptcy, Museums, Philanthropy, R. A. Lafferty, Speculation, US News | No comments

By: David A. Smith “The site is now known as the Great Blue Island Swamp.” – R. A. Lafferty, “What’s the Name of that Town?”, 1964 R. A. Lafferty In 1964, the mad genius of science fiction R. A. Lafferty wrote a short story in which not only had the City of Chicago been vaporized, […]

Theme parks for the upper crust

10 April, 2015 (09:00) | Art, Bankruptcy, Detroit, Diego Rivera, Fundraising, Municipal bankruptcy, Museums, Philanthropy, Public amenities, Theory, US News | No comments

By: David A. Smith Because people value only what they pay for, things that are free the same people devalue … until those things are threatened, whereupon the same observant herd that was indifferent and whose pockets were claimed empty suddenly discover newfound reserves, a point mentioned only in passing by an article in The […]

The improvable house as a self-baked fruitcake: Part 2, the ingredients

19 March, 2013 (09:28) | Building technology, Essential posts, Home improvement, Housing, Innovations, Philanthropy, Self-building, Slums, South Africa, Technology |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post, using as a convenient seed an upbeat article from CNN (January 8, 2013), introduced the concept of a core house, plus technological gadgets, as an improvable ‘fruitcake house’.  Construction of a basic core house, with a malleable or modifiable material for walls and […]

The improvable house as a self-baked fruitcake: Part 1, the recipe

18 March, 2013 (15:52) | Building technology, Essential posts, Home improvement, Housing, Innovations, Philanthropy, Self-building, Slums, South Africa, Technology |

By:David A. Smith   While for some of us a house is a completed product, something we buy one day and use the next (after enduring the travails of moving), but that’s an illusion, as even our completed house begins changing the day we move in – and for most of the world, a home […]

The problem with celebrity philanthropy: Part 2, reality is tougher

27 May, 2011 (10:33) | Celebrities, Charities, Donors, Fame, Greg Mortenson, Kanye West, Madonna, Nonprofits, Philanthropy, US News |

By: David A. Smith    [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   Yesterday we sought reasons why celebrity charities so often flame out, from Louise Ciccone’s (Madonna’s) Raising Malawi, which not only abandoned its attempt to build a school but also is entangled with an IRS investigation to potential fraud and tax evasion, as reported in […]