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Opinion Elaine Smith and Instituto Geracao 11 November 2013

Social investments versus impact investing in social themes

The second edition of the LH Forum for Positive Economy took place in Le Havre, France, from 25-27 September. It had over 4,000 enrolments, of which some 1,400 were from local students. This was a huge …

Conference reports Elaine Smith and Instituto Geracao 31 October 2013

2013 Brazilian Philanthropy Forum: we want more, better and faster

The 2nd Brazilian Philanthropists Forum, organized by the Global Philanthropy Forum (GPF) and IDIS, took place on 24 October in São Paulo. Attendance had grown to 186 participants from a little over 150 last year.  …

Opinion Elaine Smith and Instituto Geracao 29 August 2013

Connecting two resources: social investments and social work

‘We are living in a world that is different from what we dream. Recently, we reached our limit and lots of us run to the streets to complain because we cannot stand the current situation …

Opinion Elaine Smith and Instituto Geracao 23 July 2013

Food for thought in the midst of Brazilian social unrest

When you arrive back home after five weeks of travelling, all you want is to unpack and snuggle in your bed. After spending three weeks in a HBS program in Boston and later spending two …

Opinion Elaine Smith and Instituto Geracao 17 April 2013

Creating innovative solutions to social issues in Brazil and beyond

To work in the social field and help organizations in their development process requires the ability to read social processes with attention, effort and patience. As it is a development process, it is a process …

Opinion Elaine Smith and Instituto Geracao 27 February 2013

The need for financial literacy

Brazil is a country with mild winter, which means that for a Brazilian to hit the slopes and learn how to ski, he or she needs to be able to travel, and therefore gets to …

Opinion Elaine Smith and Instituto Geracao 17 January 2013

The two faces of Brazil – the rich and the poor

Jornal o Estado de Sao Paulo posted some enlightening data in an editorial late last year. A translation of the data can be found below, followed by my two cents’ worth:  ‘The higher income that …

Opinion Elaine Smith and Instituto Geracao 11 September 2012

Discussing progress, growth and development

When most of the year is gone, it is easy to look back and try to see what worked and what did not. We keep on trying to evaluate our actions, maybe in order to …

Opinion Elaine Smith and Instituto Geracao 9 August 2012

Getting up to speed on social entrepreneurship

Not just the Olympics, but all of the fun we’ve had with sports over the vacation makes me think that if we are not prepared for challenges, hurdles and extremes, it is hard to cope …

Opinion Elaine Smith and Instituto Geracao 13 July 2012

A learning journey through the Amazon (part 2 of 2)

Last week, I started to write about a recent trip to Rio Arapiuns in northern Brazil organized by Projeto Saude e Alegria for social investors to learn more about this complex area. Today I will …