Twitter Roundup: April 29 – Solar powering the economy, academic bubbles and the scoop on Catchafire
While nonprofits obviously need donations to run their programs, they would do well to concentrate efforts on procuring other forms of support, such as research and mentoring, according to The Guardian. For a social enterprise — non-financial forms of support can eventually bring in financing.
The idea that higher-education is a hypervalued bubble is thought to be controversial by some – mainly, university presidents, explains Economist writer Schumpeter. Here the writer outlines how the relationship between cost of tuition and the benefits of a university education are creating a bubble similar to what we saw in the housing market a few years ago.
Blogger Beth Kanter reports on how, through sticky notes and online tools, organizations can strategically map out relationships in order to maximize their potential. Kanter is the author of the book The Networked Nonprofit, which argues that organizations function best when they are networking with other organizations.
CSRwire’s blogger backs up the claim that poor people will benefit from solar panels because they often live in urban areas without trees over their homes. But barriers to this potentially wide-reaching solution, such as the cost of installing solar panels, must be addressed first. New initiatives, such as Solar Mosaic in northern California, are attempting to tackle this problem through innovative means such as crowdsourced funding.
Listen to this interview with Catchafire’s CEO and founder Rachael Chong, in which she tells the Stanford Center for Social Innovation about how the organization works. Catchafire pairs highly-skilled volunteers with social enterprises.
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