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Global Giving

Posted by admin | December 8th, 2006 | Filed under Compassionate Capitalism, Positive Change

Interesting people tend to hang out with interesting people. While at the recent Net Impact conference in Chicago, I met a ton of interesting people including an MBA student who previously had worked with environmentally conscious business woman Allison Koch. He suggested Allison and I should talk and a few days later, she gave me a call. Following a marketing oriented career path that included stops at Mossimo, Netflix and Stone Yamashita Partners, she founded Vibrant Planet, which provides strategy and communications for companies and non-profits focused on environmental and social innovation.

Picture 3.pngI sensed we could have dug in deep on a variety of topics, but our conversation quickly turned to one of Allison’s clients, GlobalGiving. It’s true that the internet has revolutionized many aspects of our lives ” the way we learn, the way we communicate, the way we conduct business, the way we engage in social activism ” but I wasn’t aware of the way Global Giving is using the internet to revolutionize the way international philanthropy is conducted. Global Giving creates an online marketplace, enabling large numbers of people to have direct and transparent access to grass roots projects around the world.

Prior to Founding Global Giving, Mari Kuraishi and Dennis Whittle were heads of strategy and innovation at the World Bank, so they presumably know a thing or two about making economic investments in the developing world. What intrigues me is that their model of giving disintermediates the middleman, draws on the power of competitive markets and creates a very efficient model of giving. It will be interesting to see how traditional philanthropic organizations respond.

One Response to “Global Giving”

  • June 22, 2007 at 6:52 am | Elissa Goldenberg says

    Hi Ian,

    Thanks for mentioning GlobalGiving in your entry. I thought you might be interested in an incredible event GlobalGiving is currently hosting. From now until June 29th, people can cast a vote for the video that makes them feel the most connected to an incredible grassroots development project. GlobalGiving gathered raw footage (photos and video) from more than twenty high-impact projects around the world. Film makers used this footage to create compelling and interesting videos that tell the stories of these projects and the people who are helped by the work they do. Each video tells the story of a project from globalgiving.com and will help to connect these amazing projects with the support they need.

    Voting will determine which videos do the best job of telling the project’s story. All of the finalists’ videos are available at http://www.karmatube.org/ff. We are encouraging all of our donors, friends and family to vote. We hope you can help us do the same! The more people who get to know these projects, the more positive change we can create around the world.

    We hope you can help us spread the word by mentioning our FilmFest in another blog entry, telling your friends or family to vote, and voting yourself! Thanks for your time!

    Check out the videos at http://www.karmatube.org/ff!

    Elissa Goldenberg

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