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Jacqueline Novogratz of Acumen Fund, on Pairs of Values -
Published: September 29, 2012

Q. Tell me about your approach to leadership.

A. I think we so often equate leadership with being experts — the leader is supposed to come in and fix things. But in this interconnected world we live in now, it’s almost impossible for just one person to do that.

So if we could only have more leaders who would start by just listening, just trying to understand what’s going wrong from the perspective of the people you’re supposed to serve — whether it’s your customers or people for whom you want the world to change.

Leaders can get stuck in groupthink because they’re really not listening, or they’re listening only to what they want to listen to, or they actually think they’re so right that they’re not interested in listening. And that leads to a lot of suboptimal solutions in the world.

The kind of leaders we need — and certainly that I aspire to be — reject ideology, reject trite assumptions, reject the status quo, and are really open to listening to solutions from people who are most impacted by the problems. ...We think about our values in pairs, and there is a tension or a balance between them. We talk about listening and leadership; accountability and generosity; humility and audacity. You’ve got to have the humility to see the world as it is — and in our world, working with poor communities, that’s not easy to do — but have the audacity to know why you are trying to make it be different, to imagine the way it could be. And then the immutable values are respect and integrity.
leadership  Acumen  opposing_actions  organizational_culture  values  social_capital  venture_capital  vc  accountability  generosity  humility  audacity  groupthink  listening  respect  integrity  pairs  tradeoffs  tension  dual-consciousness 
october 2012 by jerryking
Networking a City
Summer 2012 |STANFORD SOCIAL INNOVATION REVIEW| BY MARIANNE HUGHES & DIDI GOLDENHAR. The Barr Fellows Network is changing the way work gets done in Boston’s large and entrenched social sector.
foundations  Boston  social_networking  social_capital  philanthropy  Communicating_&_Connecting 
july 2012 by jerryking
Canada’s CSI helps solve funding issues
Oct. 20, 2011 | The Globe and Mail | Tim Kiladze, profiles the Centre for Social Innovation.
social_capital  funding 
march 2012 by jerryking
How to Build Your Network
December 2005 | HBR | Brian Uzzi and Shannon Dunlap.

Strong personal networks don't just happen at the watercooler. They have to be carefully constructed.Networks offer three unique advantages: private information, access to different skills and power. Leaders see the benefits of working every day, but perhaps not pause to examine how their networks are governed....Here's how to strengthen your connections.

Paul Revere was an information broker, a person who occupies a key role in a social network by connecting disparate groups of people....Networks determine which ideas become breakthroughs, which new drugs are prescribed, which farmers cultivate pest-resistant crops, and which R&D engineers makes the most high impact discoveries....When we make judgments, we use both public and private information. These days, public information is readily available from various sources, including the Internet, but precisely because it is so accessible, public information provides a competitive advantage much less than usual. Privacy, however, gathered from personal contacts that can offer something unique that can not be found in public spaces such as the release of a new product, the novel software code, or knowledge of this what a particular investigator seeks in candidates. Private information, therefore, may provide an advantage for executives, but is more subjective than public information, because it usually is not marked by an independent third party, such as Dun & Bradstreet. Therefore, the value of your private information to others and the value of your private information depends on how much confidence exists in the network of relationships....the best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas....And when you trade information or skills with people whose experiences differ from your own, you provide one another with unique, exceptionally valuable resources....Power was repositioned in the network's information brokers, who could adapt to changes in the organization, develop clients, and synthesize opposing points of view.
These brokers weren't necessarily at the top of the hierarchy or experts in the field, but they linked specialists in the firm with trustworthy and informative ties.
networking  social_networking  social_capital  HBR  howto  networks  nonpublic  confidence  slight_edge  proprietary  relationships  exclusivity  public_information  private_information  inequality_of_information  homogeneity  heterogeneity  dual-consciousness  power_brokers  network_power  personal_chemistry  personal_connections  judgment  prolificacy  subjectivity  information_brokers  intentionality 
march 2012 by jerryking
Connections with Integrity
February 13, 2012 |Strategy + BUsiness | by Reid Hoffman.

The venture capitalist who co-founded LinkedIn reveals the surefire system that he has used since high school for evaluating potential business relationships.....It seems counterintuitive, but the more altruistic your attitude, the more benefits you will gain from the relationship. If you insist on a quid pro quo every time you help others, you will have a much narrower network and a more limited set of opportunities. Conversely, if you set out to help others by introducing them to the right people, simply because you think it’s the right thing to do, you will rapidly reinforce your own reputation and expand your universe of possibilities. For me, that is the greatest value of understanding alliances; it can help you build the kind of network on which great careers are built.
networking  LinkedIn  Reid_Hoffman  social_networking  social_capital  serving_others  counterintuitive  transactional_relationships  integrity  quid_pro_quo  alliance  the_right_people  personal_connections 
march 2012 by jerryking
The Spirit of Enterprise -
December 1, 2011

Nations like Germany and the U.S. are rich primarily because of shared habits, values and social capital....People who work hard and play by the rules should have a fair shot at prosperity. Money should go to people on the basis of merit and enterprise. Self-control should be rewarded while laziness and self-indulgence should not. Community institutions should nurture responsibility and fairness.

This ethos is not an immutable genetic property, which can blithely be taken for granted. It’s a precious social construct, which can be undermined and degraded.

Right now, this ethos is being undermined from all directions. People see lobbyists diverting money on the basis of connections; they see traders making millions off of short-term manipulations; they see governments stealing money from future generations to reward current voters.

The result is a crisis of legitimacy. The game is rigged. Social trust shrivels. Effort is no longer worth it. The prosperity machine winds down....The real lesson from financial crises is that, at the pit of the crisis, you do what you have to do. You bail out the banks. You bail out the weak European governments. But, at the same time, you lock in policies that reinforce the fundamental link between effort and reward. And, as soon as the crisis passes, you move to repair the legitimacy of the system.

That didn’t happen after the American financial crisis of 2008.
bailouts  covenants  David_Brooks  Europe  locked_in  moral_hazards  euro_zone  European_Union  financial_crises  gaming_the_system  laziness  legitimacy  self-control  self-discipline  self-indulgence  self-regulation  social_capital  social_cohesion  social_contract  social_fabric  social_trust  undermining_of_trust  values 
december 2011 by jerryking
BOOK VALUE - BOOK VALUE - Of Globalization And the Greater Good -
Published: February 22, 2004

In ''How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas'' (Oxford University Press, $28), Mr. Bornstein shows how new communications tools are allowing activists, whom he calls social entrepreneurs, to bring about change at the grass-roots level.
globalization  book_reviews  books  social_capital  social_entrepreneurship 
november 2011 by jerryking
A few frank words about immigration - The Globe and Mail
Oct. 07, 2010 | The Globe & Mail | Margaret Wente. The
prevailing narrative is that if immigrants are doing badly, the fault
must be ours. They’re held back by subtle discrimination, we don’t
recognize their credentials and so on. No doubt there’s some truth in
this. But the greater truth is that making a go of it in a
postindustrial knowledge-based economy isn’t easy. Success depends on
sophisticated language and communication skills – along with knowledge
of local networks – that many newer immigrants never acquire. And their
kids? Their success depends largely on “ethnic capital,” a culture that
values education and expects kids to excel. Kids from cultures with lots
of ethnic capital do vastly better than kids from cultures that have
immigration  Margaret_Wente  ethnic_communities  social_capital 
october 2010 by jerryking
Earnings gap a 'troubling' trend - The Globe and Mail
Nov. 24, 2009 | Globe and Mail | by JOE FRIESEN AND TAVIA
GRANT. Much of the difficulty in finding a high-paying job that matches
an applicant's qualifications relates to the elusive Canadian experience
that employers seek. It's difficult to get a good job without Canadian
experience, but impossible to get that Canadian experience without first
getting a good job. "Their best chance at jobs are with people they
know, and very often their social networks are not very strong," Mr.
Jedwab said. "If your best connections are at a local restaurant ...
then you'll get a job at a restaurant."
immigrants  Toronto  Canada  productivity  TD_Bank  Statistics_Canada  Tavia_Grant  social_capital  social_networking  achievement_gaps  Joe_Friesen 
november 2009 by jerryking
Incubator For New Jewish Ideas Bullish
Apr 3, 2009 | The New York Jewish Week Vol. 221, Iss. 45; pg. 12, 2 pgs| Tamar Snyder
economic_downturn  incubators  Jewish  economic_development  social_capital  start_ups  Toronto  ethnic_communities 
november 2009 by jerryking
SSRN-The Use and Abuse of Trust: Social Capital and its Deployment by Early Modern Guilds by Sheilagh Ogilvie
The Use and Abuse of Trust: Social Capital and its Deployment by Early Modern Guilds

Sheilagh Ogilvie
University of Cambridge - Faculty of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research)

October 2004
social_capital  trustworthiness 
september 2009 by jerryking
Jewish Chamber of Commerce - Jnnovate - Demo Camp
Example of specific, ethnic community-based economic
development. This speaks to the idea of the city of Toronto investing
in social capital.
Toronto  social_capital  Jewish  economic_development  ethnic_communities  community-based 
september 2009 by jerryking
How social capital pays off when disaster strikes
April 10, 2009 | - | by Daniel Trefler.

Daniel Trefler holds J. Douglas and Ruth Grant Canada Research Chair in
Competitiveness and Prosperity at the Rotman School of Management,
University of Toronto
social_capital  Diaspora 
april 2009 by jerryking
The Community Network Solution
11-28-07| strategy+business | by Karen Stephenson
“heterarchies”: high-trust connections among particular groups of three or more organizations.
Applicable to Toronto economic development idea to spur entrepreneurship?? for Rob Berry
social_networking  networks  relationships  analysis  economic_development  social_capital  toronto  Communicating_&_Connecting  OPMA 
april 2009 by jerryking
Jennifer M Sequeira, Abdul A Rasheed. Journal of Developmental
Entrepreneurship. Norfolk: Dec 2006. Vol. 11, Iss. 4; pg. 357, 19 pgs
Networks, and their resulting social capital, can be key determinants of
successful business start-up for immigrant entrepreneurs. Historically,
immigrants have settled in communities characterized by networks that
consist of strong ties. Network theory suggests that in addition to
strong ties, success also requires the development of weak ties. In this
paper, we develop a model of the relationships between strong and weak
ties, and the likelihood of a business start-up and its subsequent
growth. We also specifically consider the moderating effect of the
entrepreneur's human capital in these relationships.
business  social_capital  ethnic  trustworthiness  immigrants  weak_links 
february 2009 by jerryking
Social capital and co-leadership in ethnic enterprises in Canada
Sylvie Paré, Teresa V. Menzies, Louis Jacques Filion, Gabrielle
A. Brenner. Journal of Enterprising Communities. Bradford: 2008. Vol.
2, Iss. 1; pg. 52

Purpose - To identify the influence of ethnicity and ethnic social
capital on entrepreneurial practices such as the co-direction of a firm,
and more particularly on aspects of venture creation, management, and
business development.
social_capital  ethnic  business  ethnic_communities  trustworthiness 
february 2009 by jerryking
Trust and distrust in organizations: Emerging perspectives, enduring questions
Roderick M Kramer. Annual Review of Psychology. Palo Alto:
1999. Vol. 50 pg. 569, 30 pgs
" ((infer or confer) w/3 trustworthiness) w/5 individual"

The review also describes different forms of trust found in
organizations, and the antecedent conditions that produce them. Although
the benefits of trust are well-documented, creating and sustaining
trust is often difficult. Accordingly, the chapter concludes by
examining some of the psychological, social, and institutional barriers
to the production of trust.
trustworthiness  social_networking  Toronto  social_capital  institutions 
february 2009 by jerryking
How human and social capital contribute to economic growth and well-being — Highlights of an HRDC/OECD symposium
Applied Research Bulletin - Volume 7, Number 1 (Winter-Spring

Social capital may have a payoff—lower transaction costs.

"Trust" was a focal point in many discussions of social capital. Much of
the theoretical reasoning supporting the idea that social capital may
have a payoff — in terms of lower transaction costs, for example — is
based on the fact that trustworthiness among members of a society
permits business and social dealings to respond efficiently to changing
circumstances. The level of trust in a community is perceived by some
experts as a product of the "norms and networks." As a result, estimates
of trust have often been used as measures of social capital.

Links are weak between economic growth and human and social capital in
OECD countries.
social_capital  trustworthiness  Toronto  economic_development  OECD  payoffs  transaction_costs 
february 2009 by jerryking
On Representative Social Capital
Mars/March 2005 Paper by Charles Bellemare and Sabine Kröger. Useful discussion linking trust and social capital.
social_capital  trustworthiness  Toronto  filetype:pdf  media:document 
february 2009 by jerryking
Davos: Your Future May Include a P2P Economy
WSJ video clip from Davos 2009 on the rise to P2P out of the wreckage of the financial crisi
P2P  social_networking  social_capital  financial  crisis  peer-to-peer 
february 2009 by jerryking
cities crisis social capital
Google search on keywords "cities crisis social capital"
city  crisis  social_capital 
january 2009 by jerryking
Getting a Boost Up the Ladder of Success
July 15, 2007 NYT column by BEN STEIN. There is need for some
well-organized human being in the government or private sector to create
an organization that would go into schools on a continuing basis and
teach people how careers are made. I wonder whether there could be some
link with teachers in schools in nonrich neighborhoods who could tell
helpful men and women about boys and girls who need mentors to get them
going into higher education and entry-level jobs, and then to counsel
them about how to behave on the job and in school.
Ben_Stein  social_capital  values  life_skills  mentoring  movingonup 
january 2009 by jerryking
Out of the Clubhouse and Into the Classroom
December 10, 2006 NYT column by Ben Stein on how he obtained
the benefit of human capital that privileged young Americans get from
having smart, well-educated parents who get them interesting,
educational jobs that also offer great personal connections....Now I know that some of my readers are waiting for me to say we should tax the rich more to pay for better medical care for the folks without insurance — and we should. But I am not going to say we that should tax the rich more to pay for better education for the non-rich. It is clear beyond doubt that more money spent per pupil does not necessarily offer better results per pupil. So not every answer is “tax the rich.”

BUT the rich know something. They know how markets work. They know how to get from nowhere to somewhere. They know what kind of work ethic works. They know what savings means. The rich of this country often — not always — know how the world works, as far as money is concerned. They are a vast reservoir of advice and example for how to get ahead.

I wonder if there is a way that these people can be brought off of the fairways of the nation’s country clubs and put before the students of America to tell them how the world works and how to make their way in it. Yes, I want to tax the rich more for military pay, to try to close the deficit, to rebuild the military equipment of the nation. But maybe the rich can offer their minds and their skills to the non-rich, too, to teach them the way up.
Ben_Stein  Communicating_&_Connecting  high_net_worth  human_capital  movingonup  networking  networks  personal_connections  savings  social_capital  sophisticated  work_ethic 
january 2009 by jerryking

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