Blockchain: Life on the Ledger

I created this video as a follow up to the one I prepared last year on Social Impact Bonds. It is time to examine the ways in which Blockchain could interface with social impact investing to further concentrate power and wealth and exacerbate long-standing forms of global oppression under the guise of philanthropy. This narrative … Continue reading “Blockchain: Life on the Ledger”

Digital Colonialism: South Africa Puts Preschoolers on the Blockchain

With the debut of their Blockchain transcript, Southern New Hampshire University’s “College for America” and Learning Machine are in the vanguard of innovative digital credentialing for adults. At the other end of the “lifelong learning” spectrum, Trustlab’s IXO Foundation has staked out the early childhood space with a Blockchain DApp called Amply. Amply, an online … Continue reading “Digital Colonialism: South Africa Puts Preschoolers on the Blockchain”

Blockchain, Self-Sovereign Identity, and Selling Off Humanity

It’s time activists began to develop a working knowledge of Blockchain and self-sovereign digital identity, because these are the mechanisms that will drive the transition to IoT monitoring for the purposes of Pay for Success deal evaluation. I created a slide share about Blockchain as part of a “Smart Cities” post I wrote last year, … Continue reading “Blockchain, Self-Sovereign Identity, and Selling Off Humanity”

Charter, Public Health, and Catholic Charity Interests Help Launch “Disruptive” Pay for Success Program

Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Part Four Click here for the introduction and parts one, two, three, and five. In a 2013 interview for the Mission Investors Exchange publication, “Community Foundation Field Guide to Impact Investing,” Chief Giving Officer Ellen Clement Glass stated there had been talk of exploring impact investing as early as 2006, before the … Continue reading “Charter, Public Health, and Catholic Charity Interests Help Launch “Disruptive” Pay for Success Program”

To Serve Man: It’s A Cookbook!

Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Part Two  Here for the introduction and parts one, three, four, and five. Not only is the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) among the largest foundations in the country, it is also situated in the belly of the beast. The Bay Area is where vast amounts of venture capital have combined with … Continue reading “To Serve Man: It’s A Cookbook!”

Big Picture Learning: Priming Workforce Development for Impact Profit-Taking

This post is the second in a Q&A exchange on social impact bonds and pay for success finance with UK blogger Privatising Schools. The focus of this post is Big Picture Learning. For additional background on Big Picture in Philadelphia check out my previous post here. Privatising Schools: Question 8 Let’s look at a specific … Continue reading “Big Picture Learning: Priming Workforce Development for Impact Profit-Taking”

Pay for Success and the Human Value Chain

After a bit of a break, I am finally getting back to the Trans-Atlantic dialogue I had going between myself and UK blogger Privatising Schools. This post is the first in a Q&A series about social impact bonds and pay for success finance. Privatising Schools: Question Seven A key focus of your research is the … Continue reading “Pay for Success and the Human Value Chain”

Toxic Philanthropy Part 2: Hewlett Packard Re-Engineers the Social Sector

Hewlett Packard: The Tech Titan Few Education Activists Talk About Increasingly people are casting a wary eye in the direction of Silicon Valley, concerned about the power its billionaires wield over public education and society generally. While Gates, Zuckerberg, Hastings and Bezos have grabbed much of the spotlight, there is another tech influencer with a … Continue reading “Toxic Philanthropy Part 2: Hewlett Packard Re-Engineers the Social Sector”

Toxic Philanthropy Part 1: Surveillance

We are living through desperate times: populations dislocated by climate catastrophe and dispossessed by state violence. Many are attempting, unsuccessfully, to navigate economic systems grounded in low-wage, disposable labor and insurmountable debt. The cost of living continues to rise, especially in cities where wealth is concentrated in the hands of speculative investors. Stable housing is … Continue reading “Toxic Philanthropy Part 1: Surveillance”

New Governors Pritzker and Newsom Set Up For Their ReadyNation Gold Rush

This past week will go down as an auspicious one for social impact investors and a foreboding one for the targets of their interventions: toddlers, job seekers, the unhoused, and those with mental illness. On November 1, 2018 corporate executives, military officers, athletes, and faith leaders converged on New York City to discuss the impending … Continue reading “New Governors Pritzker and Newsom Set Up For Their ReadyNation Gold Rush”