Posts categorized under Development

22 December 2009 ~ 37 Comments

More orphanage tourism (No!)

I recently tried to post a comment in response to this listing on Trip Advisor which encourages visits to orphanages while traveling in Siem Reap. As my comment was not  a review of the area, it was not approved, so I am posting it here. — I am writing in response to a post stating […]

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02 November 2009 ~ 8 Comments

What does “international volunteer” mean to you?

vol⋅un⋅teer  [vol-uhn-teer] –noun 1. a person who voluntarily offers himself or herself for a service or undertaking. 2. a person who performs a service willingly and without pay. It would probably make a lot more sense if we stopped using the title “volunteer” for positions where people are getting paid.  The result is that I have […]

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02 November 2009 ~ 4 Comments

Is “Sustainability” Development’s Atlantis?

This is a post I originally put on the PEPY Team Journal. — What is this “sustainability” you speak of?  I do not think it means what you think it means.  This word is used so often now in development that it seems to have taken on a huge range of meanings.  Are we all […]

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28 October 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Better World Books and the role of social ventures

In a post by my friend Paco, who works for Better World Books, he questions what BWB’s role can be as a social venture working to improve literacy globally. I added some thoughts here as well. I recently went to the BWB office in South Bend, IN and was SO impressed with the team […]

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11 October 2009 ~ 1 Comment

A love of reading

I saw this as my friend Jordan’s status on his gmail account today: “Today, educational funding favors programs that teach kids how to read, rather than why to read.” and i wanted to pass it on because it relates a lot to the work PEPY is doing.  When we decided to partner with a […]

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05 October 2009 ~ 6 Comments

The Social Venture “Scalability” Model

Are there any “scalable” & profitable social ventures?  There is talk of “social ventures” being our saviors from the likes of the non-profit world.  Do they REALLY exist?  Or are they mostly hybrid models which still rely heavily on their non-profit arms in order to succeed at scale? It is VERY hard to find examples […]

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30 September 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Are PEPY Programs “Sustainable”? Part 1 of 2

What is this “sustainability” thing all about?  It is a word that gets thrown around so often by NGOs, donors, and most people working in development, yet what is means in the reality of our day to day decisions is less often understood.  I wrote part one of a two part look at PEPY and […]

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