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'Three Cups of Tea': Served with a Grain of Salt?

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • New America Foundation
April 18, 2011 |

Greg Mortenson, the high-profile advocate of girls' education in Afghanistan and Pakistan, has been forced to defend his best-selling book "Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations ... One School at a Time," against charges that key stories in it are false.

Mortenson shot to international fame with the book, which describes his getting lost in an effort to climb K2, the world's second-highest peak, being rescued by Pakistani villagers in the village of Korphe and vowing to return there to build a school for local girls.

Following up on Ten for the Next Ten

February 14, 2011

I had a great time on Wednesday leading a webinar hosted by Guidestar on my Ten Predictions for the Next Ten Years post. Thanks to the ~1700 people who tuned in!

Synecdoches, predictions, and being wrong

February 7, 2011

I'm taking a writing class and a swimming class. The writing class is taught by a well-known non-fiction writer. All ten of my classmates are published authors; several are accomplished journalists. I've been writing for a long time, but have not taken a writing class since Mr. Frost taught me to diagram sentences in fourth grade.

Mission Insurance

January 26, 2011

The following idea came to me in an interview with Melinda Penkava of NPR. The story was taped this morning - I'll post a link when it goes on the air.

Here's an idea for a social entrepreneur - mission insurance. Now that we have social businesses, social enterprises, and nonprofits all producing social goods we need some way of making sure that the good gets done. Some type of insurance to keep the profit motive (even if its just break-even financial sustainability) from overwhelming the social mission.

From "e" to "o"

January 21, 2011

It just occurred to me. The last decade was defined by the prefix "e" - ePhilanthropy, eDiplomany, eCommerce, e e e.

The next decade will be similarly defined by the prefix "o" for Open - oGov, oData, oPhilanthropy...

Just you watch....

(cross posted at Philanthropy 2173)

Ten for the next 10: 2010 - 2020

December 17, 2010

Earlier this year, I took a look back at my decade of predictions, 1999-2009. You can find that online here.

Philanthropy Buzzword 2010.9 - Markets for Good

December 13, 2010

Last year Impact Investing topped the buzzword list. This year we've expanded from the changes in investing to the larger markets of which they are a part. The phrase "Markets for Good" got its biggest push at this year's SoCAP conference, but the idea has been around in various forms for some time.

2010 Publications

December 13, 2010

Ah, December, time to reflect on the year gone by.

2010 was wonderfully productive on the writing front. Thanks to everyone who contributed to and used Disrupting Philanthropy, the breakout publication of the year. But it wasn't the only thing I wrote - here are several other publications from the last twelve months.

The MacArthur Foundation Series on Field Building:

Philanthropy Buzzword 2010.8 - Crowdfunding

December 6, 2010

Crowdfunding. - the latest buzzword for philanthropy and social enterprise

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