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David Bonbright

Special feature David Bonbright 29 May 2018 For Subscribers

Tackling the information gap

The philanthropy sector’s information infrastructure is wholly inadequate Most discussions of philanthropy infrastructure focus on organizations. I want to focus instead on information. The first thing to say is that the way the social sector …

Opinion 3 Paul Garner, David Bonbright and Tris Lumley 22 March 2016

Who should measure the impact of non-profits? Responses to Caroline Fiennes and Ken Berger

The non-profit impact revolution has taken a wrong turn. The job of examining their impact should be done by independent specialists rather than non-profits themselves: this is what Caroline Fiennes and Ken Berger argue in …

Special feature 1 David Bonbright, Elizabeth Christopherson and Fadel Ndiame 1 June 2015

Feedback as democracy in social change practice

A huge shift is happening in the social sector. Dennis Whittle traces it all the way back to the birth of democracy in Greece circa 594 BCE. The people are sovereign! In titling our special …

Conference reports David Bonbright 14 June 2013

Listening for greater impact: the Constituent Voice

At the 2013 CECP corporate philanthropy conference in New York, held 3-5 June, the hook was set early in the session when the room was polled. ‘How many of your companies take customer feedback very …

Analysis David Bonbright 15 May 2013

Why Markets For Good may go wrong

Back in June 2010 I was one of 46 self-described ‘top visionaries and practitioners’ in the broadly defined ‘markets for giving space’ who came together to explore how to create greater social impact through the …

Conference Report David Bonbright 1 June 2012 For Subscribers

From words and whispers to deals and deeds: reflections on the 2012 Skoll World Forum

The stars were there at the 2012 Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship, held in Oxford on 28-30 March. From Bill Drayton, the father of the movement, spectral and luminous, to the newest Skoll awardees …

Conference reports David Bonbright 20 April 2012

From words and whispers to deals and deeds: reflections on the 2012 Skoll World Forum

The stars were there at the 2012 Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship, held in Oxford on 28-30 March. From Bill Drayton, the father of the movement, spectral and luminous, to the newest Skoll awardees …

Book review David Bonbright 1 March 2012

The Ultimate Question 2.0 – How net promoter companies thrive in a customer-driven world

If you suspect that measurement and management are the weak links in philanthropy and development today, then you will probably want to read The Ultimate Question 2.0 as soon as possible. It is a clear, …

Conference reports David Bonbright 24 November 2011

Bellagio Initiative: when measurement becomes our new best friend

What do you get when you convene a conversation with 40 or so philanthropy and development professionals from 20 or so countries about the future of their fields, all over two days? The Rockefeller Foundation, …

Book review David Bonbright 1 June 2011

McKinsey’s Learning for Social Impact Initiative

The 20-year-and-counting infatuation our profession has had with impact has now taken a welcome and clearly discernible shift towards performance, learning and improvement[1] and nothing represents this trend better than the Social Sector Office of …