Kiva and Microfinance-Final Paper Topic


After struggling to find an appealing and interesting topic to write my final paper about, I’ve finally decided to analyze microfinance institutions in the United States,  specifically Kiva.  The readings this week sparked my interest and curiosity in organizations such as these, and I think this can make for a fascinating paper.  I’ve found past few discussions we’ve had in class revolving around innovation and social entrepreneurship to be incredibly interesting and believe that their impact as well as importance in the world for years to come will be ever increasing and profound.  Even though I don’t have any personal experience with these types of institutions, I want to use this paper to learn more about them while at the same time analyzing their organizational viability and characteristics.  So here are the preliminary ideas I’d like to address within the paper.  Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!!! Continue reading


Ashoka and Changemaker resources

Here are the links to what I used in class.

Youth Venture. Provides raw material for… (also here.)

Full Economic Citizenship as a goal or mission.

Needs a financial innovation.


More on HVAC.

An example of the HVAC in action in Mexico with small farmers.


Bonus: History of the Internet as it relates to the Code 2.0 book we read.

Org Theory for Good

I have only started this article in s+b, published by Booz and Company, a consulting firm.  But its premise is very interesting: we are seeing a new wave of organizational forms and organizational technology to support business-social benefit hybrids.

The idea also contains an explicit criticism of business as usual:

The Soul of a New Design
For years, critics of the corporation have argued that the prevailing design of publicly held corporations is innately flawed. That design involves a board that is elected by shareholders — with votes allocated proportionately to the number of shares held — whose members then appoint a semiautonomous CEO as the shareholders’ agent, who in turn delegates authority down through the ranks. In many ways, this has been a highly effective model. The “managerial hierarchy” structure, as corporate historian Alfred D. Chandler Jr. called it, has ac­complished more in a short time than any other form the world has known.

But this shareholder-centric model has also contributed over the years to what former Citigroup CEO John Reed has called the “iron triangle of short-term pressures” — hedge funds, stock options, and stock analysts — that keeps companies narrowly focused on quarterly profits.

You are welcome to read and write more on this article for a blog post.