Third Billion Campaign: the Emerging Economic Power of Women

Last week, the La Pietra Coalition launched a major new global initiative, the Third Billion Campaign, aimed at expanding women’s employment, access to finance, markets and education. A coalition of business leaders, NGOs, former government officials, economists and commentators (I’m proud to be in their ranks) is spearheading the decade long campaign to galvanize corporations […]

‘There Is a Moral Case for Women’s Human Rights’ – the La Pietra Coalition Sharpens Its Focus

The La Pietra Coalition first gathered two years ago in a Renaissance villa outside Florence with a goal of putting the drive for women’s rights and economic growth front and center on the global leadership front. The Coalition’s platform, which I’ve been privileged to work on since that first meeting, advocates investing in women’s economic […]

International Women’s Day: Listening to Mu Sochoa

Today marks the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, a celebration of the economic, political and social achievements of women around the world. I was reading some of the coverage in anticipation of attending the second annual Women in the World summit later this week in Manhattan, when I came across this quote in Gayle […]

Why Muhammad Yunus Still Scares the Old Guard

Four years ago, when I met Muhammad Yunus for the first time, he was still on the big media tour stemming from his 2006 Nobel Prize for the pioneering work of creating the Grameen microfinance organization.  “I don’t think poverty has any place to hide any longer,” he told a group of New Yorkers that […]

Learning to Lead: Facebook, Egypt and The Social Network

On Sunday night, Aaron Sorkin’s The Social Network will be one of the two or three betting favorites for the year’s best picture at the annual Academy Awards extravaganza in Hollywood. The film tells the (largely fictionalized) early story of Facebook, wrapped in the coming-of-age tale of founder Mark Zuckerberg and the compromises he chose […]

‘If you want to liberate a government, give them the Internet’

I’ve had a few notes from friends over the last two weeks that all ran along the lines of “this is CauseWired coming to life!” meaning Egypt and seemingly-spontaneous January 25th uprising, which deposed strongman Hosni Mubarak today. Yet I hesitated at accepting congratulations for the foresight of my 2008 book on the rise of […]

The Revolution Will Be Televised

You won’t find it on Time Warner or FIOS or Cablevision, but Al Jazeera’s English language television service is laying claim to the viewing loyalty of vast numbers of news-hungry, media-obsessed westerners following the incredible story of courage and revolution in Egypt. More than any of the social media platforms we’ve come to worship with […]

Assange v. Obama: Why WikiLeaks Does Not Equal Transparency

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is calling on President Barack Obama to resign. But I’ve got a better idea. It’s time for Assange himself to go. After all, if he truly believed in the original mission of the controversial site, he’d remove himself from the glare of international attention and let the clear light of day […]

GlobalGiving Founder on Haiti: 'When You’re Poor, Everything Becomes Harder to Recover From'

As the incredible depth of devastation in Haiti became apparent yesterday, the response online grew rapidly. Haiti and various related topics trended all day on Twitter,blogs and websites were filled with links to nonprofits working in Haiti, and ubiquitous calls for cell phone text-to-give campaigns flooded the RSS streams. Like others, I turned to an […]

CauseWired Canadian

Later this week, I’m headed for Toronto to give the luncheon plenary at the AFP’s local Fundraising Day conference there. So in true crowd-sourcing style, I started pinging the network just a bit in order to hit reload on my knowledge of ‘CauseWired’ Canada – and the network responded with some great resources that has […]

Guest Post: Hillary Clinton on Social Media and Causes

Okay, so it’s not formally a guest post per se – but we think this section of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s speech to gradautes of Barnard College yesterday touches as much of a ‘CauseWired’ chord as any talk by a major political figure of late: Some months ago here in New York, I had […]

Tweeting the Pandemic

The very word “pandemic” can sow panic, activating dystopian nightmares of mob rule and societal breakdown keyed to cultural memories of movies like Outbreak and 28 Days. As the swine flu epidemic kills scores of people in Mexico and leaps borders and oceans in this modern transcontinental age with alarming ease, it’s tempting to bite […]

Making the (Video) Case for Support

[youtube=] Here’s a great example of CauseWired story-telling online: the Global Network on Neglected Tropical Diseases launched the End the Neglect 2020 Campaign to raise public awareness and support from corporations, foundations, and individuals to control and eliminate some of the most devastating and deadly NTDs by 2020. The new campaign features a consumer-driven microsite […]

Tanzania Twitterwall: Now That's Donor Involvement!

P3091100 Originally uploaded by Epic Change Brilliant job by the folks at Epic Change in following up on their successful Tweetsgiving fundraising campaign to build a school classroom in Tanzania via Twitter. The Tweetsgiving team raised over $11,000 in just 48 hours from 336 contributors – and Epic Change found a great way to say […]

Following @dipnote: Hillary's CauseWired Diplomacy

She’s been uncharacteristically quiet since her confirmation as Secretary of State, but the Obama Administration’s other rock star seems poised to change all that with her first big overseas trip to Asia – with the help of a Twitter-fueled blog audience that has increased three-fold since Barack Obama’s inauguration. And while she inherits massive foreign […]