Joshua Venture, a Jewish social entrepreneur fellowship program, seeks an Executive Director to be responsible for leading Joshua Venture

Joshua Venture, a Jewish social entrepreneur fellowship program, seeks an Executive Director to be responsible for leading Joshua Venture as it builds upon its assets, strong brand, and past successes.  This is a unique and innovative professional opportunity for an experienced, creative and talented leader to have a major impact on the North American Jewish community through helping to launch and establish new organizations and entrepreneurial ventures and by advancing the concept and role of social entrepreneurship in the Jewish community.

The mission of Joshua Venture is to reinvigorate and expand the Jewish community by cultivating the leadership and management capability of young Jewish social entrepreneurs and investing in their visions and the growth of healthy and sustainable organizations.  The fellowship provides seed funding, organizational and professional development support and communities of practice.  It also confers legitmacy upon the fellows and their ventures, and expands their networks within the Jewish world.

The Executive Director will develop strategy, set goals, redesign and implement the program, including the recruitment and mentorship of the fellows, and manage performance.  S/he will create and maintain sound business and organizational models that promote and support the organization’s mission and vision, a positive and supportive atmosphere, and financial accountability and will serve as the organization’s representative in a wide variety of settings.  Joshua Venture seeks a candidate who can be both a strategic thinker and hands-on leader and manager.  Knowledge of, and experience in, nonprofit management, adult learning, the Jewish community and Jewish organizations and the ability to move comfortably between traditional and non-traditional organizational and community circles is critical.

Please see our website for the full position description-

Please send recommendations, referrals, and resumes to Susan Sapiro at or Daniel Ripps at

Favorite Charities Of Economists

If readers want to donate for nets, one good organization I have supported in the past is here. TamTam provides nets free at clinics. Personally I think this approach makes sense because charging dramatically reduces use, free distribution can help encourage mothers to come to antenatal clinics, and, like vaccines, insecticide treated nets can help interfere with disease transmission creating positive externalities. For some evidence on the first issue, see this paper.

One of the best buys out there is treating kids for worms. Two billion people have intestinal worms worldwide, including 400 million school-children. The medicine costs pennies per dose. Because the medicine is cheap and safe, but diagnosis is expensive, the World Health Organization recommends mass treatment in schools in areas of high prevalence, which can keep total costs per treated child to $0.25

Based on the evidence, several economists, including Esther Duflo, Kristin Forbes,and me, are involved in, and have donated to, a new group called Deworm the World. Information is available here. There is a donate button which explains how people can give.

Link to Mankiw Blog.

“How Businesses Can Develop Trust on a Global Scale Through Corporate Service”

How Businesses Can Develop Trust on a

Global Scale Through Corporate Service

(Technology + Entrepreneurship) ^ Corporate Service = Δ Social Impact

Today, the Internet has made global flows of information, capital and innovation possible as never before. How do we use technologies, economies, entrepreneurship and corporate service to make organizations smarter and build trust on a global scale across borders, time zones and cultural expectations? A distinguished panel of experts will examine how governments, NGOs, educational institutions, and private corporations have increased social capacity by successfully applying technology and entrepreneurship to public service. In addition to improving society, the panel will discuss the unique benefits their organizations derive by fostering innovative public service.

PANEL: – Stanley Litow, Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Corporate Responsibility, IBM
– Dr. Augustine Mahiga, Permanent Representative of the United Republic of Tanzania to
the United Nations.
– Sally Susnowitz, Director, MIT Public Service Center
– Harris Wofford, Former US Senator (D-PA)

MODERATOR: Bruce Bachenheimer, Chapter Chair, MIT Enterprise Forum of New York City & Clinical Professor of Management, Pace University


Thursday, January 15, 2009


5:30pm – 6:00pm: Reception
6:00pm – 7:30pm: Panel Discussion
7:30pm – 8:30pm: Networking


Goodwin Procter LLP – DIRECTIONS
The New York Times Building
620 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10018-1405


Free to members of MIT Enterprise Forum
$50 non-members, $10 extra at door
All members and guests are welcome.

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MIT Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship

MIT and the Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship are pleased to introduce its fellowship program for aspiring entrepreneurs who wish to develop innovative businesses that will promote prosperity in the developing world. The program is open to incoming and current MIT graduate students, across all academic and professional disciplines. The fellowship provides financial assistance, business plan coaching, specialized seminars, and opportunities to engage with some of the world’s leading thinkers and change-agents.

Applications now being accepted for the 2009-2010 MIT Legatum Fellowship Program!

Are you an aspiring entrepreneur who is interested in the role of the private sector in the developing world?  Have an idea for a business that you think can make a difference?

Apply now to become a Legatum Fellow at MIT and turn these ideas into reality.

Legatum Fellowship Program:

The Legatum Center administers a competitive fellowship program for incoming and current MIT graduate students, across all academic disciplines, who demonstrate the potential to create sustainable, for-profit enterprises in low-income countries.  Our Fellows develop innovative businesses that empower ordinary citizens, while promoting prosperity and economic development.  The fellowship provides financial assistance, specialized seminars, business creation coaching, and opportunities to engage with some of the world’s leading thinkers, entrepreneurs, and investors.

DEADLINE:  Applications for the 2009-2010 MIT Legatum Fellowship will be accepted until 5 p.m. US EST on January 31, 2009.

For complete application instructions, and to learn more about the Legatum Fellowship Program, please visit our website at

The Fifth Annual Pace Pitch Contest will be held on Thursday evening, December 4th

The Fifth Annual Pace Pitch Contest will be held on Thursday evening, December 4th. The event will be held in the Schimmel Center, a 750-seat theatre on Pace’s campus in downtown Manhattan, across from City Hall.  Directions here.

However, for those budding entrepreneurs who wish to participate,  November 21 is the deadline for applications.

For more information, go here.

[Fifth Annual Pace Pitch Contest]
Presented by:
and the

in association with:
The Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship
Thursday, December 4th, 2008
5:00 p.m.- 7:45 p.m.
Schimmel Center, 1 Pace Plaza, NYC

Tactical Philanthropy Forum: Featuring Paul Brest and Bill Somerville


The Tactical Philanthropy Forum is a regular gathering of the thinkers and doers who are building a new and better social sector. This event will feature a conversation with Paul Brest, president of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Bill Somerville, president and founder of the Philanthropic Ventures Foundation. Sean Stannard-Stockton, author of the Tactical Philanthropy blog will act as moderator.

The conversation will examine the tradeoffs between a philanthropy driven by strategic, big picture issues and a grassroots approach to giving that focuses on funding outstanding individuals. Paul Brest is the author of the newly released book Money Well Spent: A Strategic Guide to Smart Philanthropy. Bill Somerville is the author of Grassroots Philanthropy: Field Notes of a Maverick Grantmaker. Sean Stannard-Stockton is director of tactical philanthropy at Ensemble Capital Management, author of the Financial Times column On Philanthropy and a member of the World Economic Forum’s council on Philanthropy and Social Investing.

Like all Tactical Philanthropy Forum events, the conversation will center on real world applications and is designed for a cross-disciplinary audience. Anyone and everyone interested in a new and better social sector are encouraged to participate. Both social sector professionals and individual donors will enjoy the evening’s event. All attendees are asked to follow a strict policy of non-solicitation.

Please join us beginning at 6:00pm for wine and hors d’oeuvres. Both authors will be available to sign copies of their books immediately following the conversation. Please arrive early enough to allow time to clear security at the main entrance.

The event is being held in the main conference room of Hanson Bridgett, LLP, 425 Market Street, 26th Floor, San Francisco, CA. Hanson Bridgett, LLP is a full service law firm with a mission to help sustainable businesses succeed and foster the growth of the sustainable business community overall.

Inside Project Red Stripe

Andrew writes:

You once followed developments at The Economist’s Project Red Stripe. We’re about to publish a book about it. Called Inside Project Red Stripe, it’s published conventionally ( and, over the next few months, online ( It’s an account of the six-month project and we think it’s a good guide to innovation and teamwork in business and the media. Each chapter identifies dilemmas that are likely to face any innovation team or project.

Google Launches 10^100 (ten to the 100th)- Submit Your Plan To Win

Google have announce the launch of project 10^100 (ten to the 100th), an innovative scheme designed to inspire and fund the development of ideas that will help to change the world.

Members of the public have until 20th October to submit their ideas by completing a simple form and answering a few short questions about their idea. Entrants can also include a link to a 30 second video either demonstrating their idea in action or giving a more detailed explanation.

Entries will be accepted in 25 languages and Google have placed no limit on the number of ideas any one individual can share


SRI Information and Links

I’ve gotten a lot of requests via email about where to get more information on socially responsible investing (SRI).  Sorry I don’t have enough time to respond to all of you but here are some links:

Center for Responsible Business– Moskowitz Research Program

Under the umbrella of the Center since 2005, Moskowitz Research Program examines the foundations and trends in the socially responsible investing (SRI) industry. The program places the Haas School at the forefront of SRI research and exposes a new generation of students to this critical research area.

HBS Baker Library Research Guide – Social Enterprise, Company Information, and Socially Conscious Investing

HBS Working Knowledge Paper: Social Return on Investment (SROI): Exploring Aspects of Value Creation

Stanford GSB Social Innovation Conferences: Video (scroll down): Value Creation: Moving Beyond Corporate Social Responsibility, Social Enterprise and Other Limiting Mindsets

Stanford Social Innovation Review: Category: Reponsible Investing

Social Capital Markets Conference

From psdblog:

From October 13 to 15, representatives from organizations as varied as Citigroup, Kiva, and the Skoll Foundation will be gathering in San Francisco at the Social Capital Markets conference. With the term social capital, the organizers have something in mind rather different from the more typical definition of the norms that helps societies function. Rather, the conference will focus on ways that financial capital can be directed to social purposes.