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Quick Hits (Feb. 17, 2008)

February 17, 2008

Alison Fine asks some interesting questions about the blurring of lines between for-profit and social benefit activities on Facebook.

Newly minted as a columnist for The Nonprofit Times, the anonymous author of the Don't Tell the Donor blog urges nonprofits to get on the Web 2.0/social network train -- before it leaves the station without 'em.

Excellent Q&A with Oxford economist Paul Collier, author of The Bottom Billion, on the Beyond Philanthropy blog. In his book, Collier argues that almost a billion of the world's poorest people live in dysfunctional countries caught in one (or more) of four traps -– the conflict trap, the resource trap, the trap of being landlocked with bad neighbors, and the bad governance trap. His solution: More policies that promote growth.

Nice graphic representation at the Eduwonkette blog of the interlocking relationships at sixteen education policy think tanks and advocacy organizations.

The Nonprofiteer questions the wisdom of a fund created by Chicago foundations to assure that neighborhoods affected by nthe city's 2016 Olympiuc bid benefit from the plans.

Nice two-parter by Caroline Heine in Philanthromedia about the impact of factory farming/industrial-produced meat on the environment and what we, as consumers, can do to mitigate the damage.

Last but not least, Sean (Tactical Philanthropy) Stannard-Stockton and Phil (Gift Hub) Cubeta go to war -- sort of. Enjoy.

-- Mitch Nauffts

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