Such a system matters to all of us: nonprofits, donors, social investors, social entrepreneurs, activists, public officials, and, above all else, citizens. The rules reflect what we want from government, markets, and individuals in solving our shared social problems. All materials from and information about the project can be found at pacscenter. We invite you to join our email list, talk with us on twitter ReCodeGood and join us in person whenever you can.
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As donors and changemakers we are traversing this universe, making decisions about our resources from each of the galaxies. Sunday, December 04, The data ecosystem. Open up the data! I feel like I should tattoo this on my forehead. This is what I think about, write about , speak about , and blog about. My forecast for next year and the years beyond includes a whole section on big and open data as a resource for social good. But I don't think data are going to change individuals' behavior directly.
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Most of use a lot more than data when we make decisions. Daniel Kahneman , a psychologist, won the Nobel prize in Economics for proving that we're not as rational read: data driven as we think we are. We factor in lots of other interests and issues besides data when we make choices. This is especially true in philanthropy.
We give for reasons of the heart, personal connections, feeling good, looking good, and doing good. Efforts to shift our giving toward more rational, data driven, informed practices know this - they aim to shift the margins which are quite big in order to eventually, perhaps shift some of the middle.
So why am I so focused on opening up data when individuals may not use them? Because data are the most basic organic matter for the ecosystem of social good. They provide fodder for how we identify "the problem," which then plays a huge role in "the solutions" that we build. I believe that opening up philanthropic data will help enough innovators to think differently about how we change the world. Their efforts will yield new opportunities for the existing system and for all of us. Stop for a second and think about how data now subtly guide or inform your choices in all sorts of realms - air fares, music, book and movie recommendations, jobs, directions, bank rates, cupcake shops, hairdressers - we all have the option for using more data than ever before when we make these daily decisions.
And it's not just the easy stuff, like price. It's the tough stuff, like opinions and reviews, that are now available anywhere, everywhere on seemingly everything. When Angie's list started advertising that you could compare plumbers and doctors I knew we'd turned a corner. I didn't personally seek out these data. Entrepreneurs saw the value of data as raw materials from which they could put new tools into my hands. Those tools help me do the things I like to do faster, easier, and with better results. And when enough of us start expecting this information to be available it spills over onto how the whole system works.
In philanthropy, we're just moving beyond the most basic information. Basic data on operational overhead is widely available and is beginning to power some new tools that let you contrast nonprofits. But that approach still assumes that you and I care about that administrative ratio comparisons first and foremost when we make a gift. Some of us do, but most of us don't. This approach also sees data as an end-point in the decision making process, not as an input to thinking about solutions.
What we need is an approach to data that goes beyond the basic quantitative comparisons and gets to the level of how we solve problems. If we shared information on where private and public money flows in a community, or where needy people spend their days, or how much food gets wasted and where, or we could hear directly from our elderly neighbros, or help artists connect with each other we might imagine whole new approaches to our shared problems. What if we could match something like RelayRides neighborhood car swaps with TaskRabbit small job doers with volunteers for the elderly so that we could help our neighbors keep their doctor appointments and avoid the ER?
Or use data on car sharing services to reroute busses so they serve the areas that really need them? Or use the Twitter patterns of food trucks to help identify cohorts of professionals who might be willing to volunteer? Used the opt-in text messages of young people to engage them in community or public service? What can we learn from giving patterns? Of individuals, corporations and foundations? We don't really know because we don't really have these data in the form that would allow us to know.
We also don't have the ability to mix giving data with shopping data, political giving, voting patterns, faith traditions, or other potentially useful information. Charitable giving is an enormous part of our communities, yet we haven't cracked a way to use the aggregate information on money flow, causes, organizations, or donors so we can see this pervasive activity in any kind of meaningful context.
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I see philanthropic data as a "nutrient" in a healthy, diverse ecosystem of social solutions. The open government movement has accomplished some of this with public data - and we have better systems, better public transit, and quicker response times for public works departments as just some of the results.
Early, proprietary efforts at mashing up philanthropic data are being used to develop strategy maps and plot grants by location. These are great first steps. When we get to the point when you can track funding from all investors impact investors, philanthropy, government or monitor particular organizations or enterprises that interest you, then we can influence the flow of capital. And when we can map and mine patterns of success and supply, we will inspire the next era of change makers to expand what works and build what's missing.
Open data are the fuel to make all of this happen. First, hundreds of millions, probably billions, of dollars will be raised by newly created, issue-specific nonprofit organizations in the United States. Second, that money will be used for political advertising in the American presidential campaign. An opening statement about political giving might seem out of place in a monograph on philanthropy.
Today this is as much a landscape shaped by the dynamics of political giving and impact investing as it is by charitable giving. It is the gravitational pulls and pushes, the choices made between and among these resources and the enterprises that they fund that matter. A deeper look at what motivates donors to give, what information they use, what needs to be done to research to make it more useful to donors, and what could be possible if a small percentage of donors focused their giving on highly effective nonprofits.
Get all the materials here. Wednesday, November 23, Funny philanthropy campaigns. I like the Case Foundation's goodspotting campaign so much I wanted to declare it a buzzword the minute I heard it. That seemed perhaps a bit rash.
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Instead, I decided to highlight some fun fundraising campaigns and ask you to submit your favorites. This campaign raised eyebrows, and a lot of money, last year. The rockpapergivers campaign is well-named. Could rank up there with last year 's stellar Spelling Bee for Cheaters hosted by Valencia.
Do something, anything, dowhateverittakes to help homeless kids. Several folks wrote in praising the old fashioned direct mail solicitations that promise "make a gift and we'll leave you alone. HT jessamynlau, sewsueme Thanks to emahlee for the link to the "save our journalists" campaign from Grist - journalists as endangered species who need organic tea - here's the video.
It's not too surprising that the country that gave the world Monty Python could also consistently make Red Nose day funny. HT carolefiennes Please send me links to the holiday giving campaigns that catch your eye for their irreverence, accuracy, engagement, irony, or humor. The ones that excel in shtick, make you laugh, and make you violate your own rule about not passing on chain emails. Submit them in the comments only and include videos and other links so we can all enjoy. The Chronicle of Philanthropy recently ran t his story on shocking fundraising campaigns - I'm looking less for shock and more for shlock.
Vote in the comments or tweet me p Might it stick around as an idea or, in 21st-century-online-jargon become a meme? Happy Turkey. Go on out and appreciate something today. Monday, November 21, The business of the business of good. Michael Porter, the Harvard business school guru, defined how industries work in his book on competitive strategy.
He drew out the relationships between competitive enterprises and their supply chains, infrastructure, distribution channels, and advocacy organizations. He noted how industries develop secondary support firms - such as specialized consulting services geared toward the needs of the enterprises in that industry. By this standard, philanthropy and nonprofits have solidly achieved the industrial state. Three recent pieces on the consulting businesses that serve philanthropy and nonprofits caught my attention. How can we treasure and deploy our seniors for all they have to offer?
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