Accounting Ledgers Connect The Dots: From Jamestown To Harlem And Beyond

168 pages 168 pages of calculations 168 pages assessing people as commodities 168 pages estimating economic returns on “investment” in the poor 168 pages of financial depravity, inequality, callousness 168 pages of too few with too much and too many with too little 160 pages built on the trans-Atlantic slave trade 400 years from Jamestown’s … Continue reading “Accounting Ledgers Connect The Dots: From Jamestown To Harlem And Beyond”

Could Newsom’s “Choose Children” Budget Advance Digital Slavery in CA?

In the aftermath of the well-funded “Choose Children” campaign, we are left to ponder what Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed 2019 budget really means for California’s children. Will he use his position to do the will of the people, or instead sacrifice the state’s youth on the altar of technological surveillance and venture capital? I see … Continue reading “Could Newsom’s “Choose Children” Budget Advance Digital Slavery in CA?”

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”

What Jamal Khashoggi’s Death Means For All of Us: Will It Buy Us Time to Stop the Saudi “Blueprint for the Twenty-Second Century?”

Note: It appears the Futures Investment Initiative website was hacked at some point on October 22. 2018 and taken offline, so some of the embedded links below may not work. In the meantime, you can access information about the event via an archived Wayback Machine link here. Advisors list for the event here. Against the backdrop of a dismembered … Continue reading “What Jamal Khashoggi’s Death Means For All of Us: Will It Buy Us Time to Stop the Saudi “Blueprint for the Twenty-Second Century?””