Fortunately, existing mobile technology in developing nations offers these countries the opportunity to 'leapfrog' the development of library infrastructure that could take decades, and reach users directly with e-books and other content.
Some believe that donor fatigue is an inevitable consequence of long-term involvement with an arts organization, or other not-for-profit venture, and that these organizations must be prepared to replace their major donors regularly. I do not agree. I do not believe donor fatigue is inevitable.
There will be countless challenges along the way, but if the country makes the right moves at the right times, and maintains its strong commitment to reforms, a more prosperous future undoubtedly awaits Myanmar's people.
The suffering, disability, and poverty that results from Laotian civilians being maimed by U.S. ordinance is massive and no amount of aid can bring back the individuals killed by these bombs, nor the quality of life for individuals who are now injured.
Like scrappy young startups such as Flipboard and Pinterest, success isn't solely rooted in online innovations and cutting-edge electronic advancements. It's also founded in basic management, marketing and strategic innovation principles that every entrepreneur can learn from.
The group was certainly a hot shot bunch, but they didn't have PhDs. I don't even think many had their full set of adult teeth yet. It was a team of elementary school children. So what were these children doing right that had baffled a room full of advanced degrees?
There seem to be more conferences targeting social entrepreneurs than there were Olympic athletes. I'm fairly certain that, if you were so inclined, you could spend every week of the year at a different conference and have "networked" your way around the world.
Our country faces existential challenges, like rising income inequality, poor educational outcomes and long-term health costs. By rethinking how governments fund the agencies doing vital work, we can finally put the welfare of our citizens first.
Simultaneously, and without knowing it, I learned many valuable lessons. When I started, I was a long-haired kid who couldn't manage his way out of a dim room. By the time I left, I had acquired a solar system of management training. Here's some of what I learned...
People have long been fascinated with birth order and how it shapes our lives; and recent research indicates that first- and secondborns do indeed see the world differently in ways that impact their motivation and likelihood of career and personal success.
If board members are not helping to raise money from their friends and associates, they are not performing one of the central responsibilities of board membership. But for many arts organizations, there is a relatively quick fix to this problem.
As we near the 2015 target for achieving the Millennium Development Goals, there is a great need to ensure the rights of women and girls are at the forefront of the minds of everyone, from government to civil society.
Nonprofit work is not significantly backed by public policy and relies entirely on the work of volunteers. The needs we're trying to address are enormous, and the people whose lives are most affected by our work are also those who live on the most precarious edges of our global society.
A new book argues that the livestock trade in the Horn of Africa, across Ethiopia, Somaliland, Somalia, Sudan and Kenya, much of it unrecorded, informal and often illegal, amounts to around $1 billion each year.
Beyond helping the victims survive the crisis healthy and intact, we must help these countries preserve and sustain the gains they have made over many years. And just as importantly, we must ensure that the children of these nations do not bear abiding, irreversible burdens.
Myanmar's prolonged isolation and economic stagnation left a mark on almost every sector the country needs to prosper -- from energy and transport to agriculture, education and health. So where to begin?