Philanthropy Daily Digest


  1. Jeff Mowatt says:

    Sean, I read that Chip Feiss article too and was somewhat irritated by the FT ‘No Comment’ feature.

    To me, that what he’s describing as a business working on common-good social problems, has been floating as a concept in cyberspace for 12 year is what’s amazing And it’s been developing right under the radar rather than in front of our eyes.

    It was in fact first put into practice in Russia, following in right behind Harvard and the 1998 economic collapse with the Tomsk Initiative and microfinance bank, as proof of the concept.

    From 2004, since being applied from the UK, the social aim has been to attract investment again from US government, into eradicating poverty and fostering democracy. What’s happened to date, wouldn’t have been possible without some form of acceptance by US government. It was after all pitched directly at them via the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

    It may come from a very small business, but one creating influence nevertheless.

    I’m blogging myself today on the remarkable similarity in terminology between what we call people-centered economic development and what’s being described as constructive capitalism. I think we’ve possibly met mainstream business halfway.


  2. Tara says:

    Hi Sean,

    I maintain the Cleveland Foundation’s Twitter account and I wholeheartedly agree with what you said about Twitter being for individuals, not organizations. We’re still tinkering with it, trying to find that voice that’s real, which I think is much, much easier to do as an individual.

    Do you have any suggestions for organizations for organizations using Twitter? New followers now see my name, so they can associate a person with the account and not just an institution, but since we already had 800+ followers when we made the switch, I’m not sure if current followers will even notice.

    At any rate, we’re just trying to bring people news/info of interest. To have useful tweets. To be more conversational. To re-tweet more. I’m hoping we can use Twitter (along with more conventional outlets) to bring more awareness and a human touch to the foundation.

    Thanks and I look forward to any insights you have!

  3. Hey Tara,
    Thanks for commenting. It is tough to blog on behalf of an organization because it can be difficult to inject a strong viewpoint. Too often organization twitter accounts simply talk about the organization. Two organizational accounts that I think do a good job are @newprofit and @vppartners. I think the key thing to an interesting twitter stream is answering the question “what has your attention?”. So rather than writing about what an org is doing I’m interested in hearing what has your organization’s attention?

    When I wrote that Paul’s account was “better” than yours, I didn’t mean to single your account out from the other org accounts. In fact, I think you’re doing a better job than more organizational tweeter accounts. I like that you say on your twitter home page who you are personally.

    To answer your question directly, I think the key to a good org twitter account is to tweet about what has your org’s attention, not tweet about your org.