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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, Nonprofits, 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, Nonprofits, 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 […]

Falling through the portable hole

8 April, 2011 (09:30) | Apartments, Condominiums, Hotels, Loopholes, New York, Securities, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith    Beware the niche-use flat my son, the dox that bind, the reps that catch. Beware the glitzy trump and shun, the frumious escape hatch.   My, Donald, what big restrictive covenants you have!   Sneaking through a hole in the fence gives us the delicious thrill – like the time I […]

Fleeing the city

7 April, 2011 (11:42) | Cities, Demographics, Detroit, Markets, Michigan, Municipal finance, Theory, US News |

By: David A. Smith   Once people have decided to move, the question is, how far?  You can move house for a better or cheaper place.    Disinvestment straight ahead   You can move neighborhood for a better school.  You can move long distances for relatives, or retirement, or a much better economy.  Or you […]

The income-verification police: Part 2, investigation

6 April, 2011 (11:09) | Affordability, Apartments, Cities, Co-ops, Income verification, Litigation, New York City, Rental, Theory |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By: David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post explored the economic intrusiveness of income verification via Alphonse Fletcher’s attempt to buy a fifth apartment in New York City’s Dakota co-operative, and the New York Times‘s salacious reportage about the board’s decision to deny the application based (they said) on their […]