Category: Philanthropy

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 […]

The problem with celebrity philanthropy: Part 1, fame is addictive

26 May, 2011 (14:50) | Celebrities, Charities, Donors, Fame, Greg Mortenson, Kanye West, Madonna, Nonprofits, Philanthropy, US News |

By: David A. Smith    What is it with celebrities and philanthropy?    Look grateful, honey   I have a theory.   Put a dollar sign on it, Albert   It’s easy to see why celebrities are adopting charitable causes.  For those for whom personal brand is the basis of economic value, philanthropy has become […]

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, Nonprofits, 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 […]