iOS app Android app

Governance

Once Again! What Does Nonprofit Board Oversight Mean?

Eugene Fram | Posted 01.23.2015 | Business
Eugene Fram

I have a daily subscription to Google Alerts on "Nonprofit Management" and "Nonprofit Governance." Every week, several nonprofit case stories surface,...

Simple Truths: We Will Only Win This - and Other Conflicts - with Allies on the Ground

Marjan Ehsassi | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics
Marjan Ehsassi

President Obama has signaled a "new phase" in the fight against the Islamic State as we send 1,500 additional Americans into Iraq to train and advise the Iraqi army to "start going on some offense." Doing so will be no small task.

Big Job, No Rules?

Danny Sriskandarajah | Posted 01.20.2015 | World
Danny Sriskandarajah

At the national level all over the world, we are witnessing protests driven by a rejection of political and economic systems that serve and entrench elite interests.

Consequential Boards: Strengthening College and University Governance

Richard D. Legon | Posted 01.13.2015 | Education
Richard D. Legon

Just as corporate board members have a fiduciary duty to shareholders, college and university trustees have a duty to us all. We call upon these boards to add value where it matters most and engage in truly consequential governance.

Development Folks, What Can We Learn From the Private Sector?

Jeff Thindwa | Posted 01.03.2015 | World
Jeff Thindwa

If governments, service providers, and donors learned from the private sector and treated recipients of public services like actual customers, greater sustainable development could be achieved.

Is America Governable?

Dr. Harlan K. Ullman | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Dr. Harlan K. Ullman

It is easy to say that leadership is needed. But that is not going to happen, at least for the next two years. There is however one solution.

The Hummingbird and the Climate Summit

Mia MacDonald | Posted 11.23.2014 | Green
Mia MacDonald

Climate change will not be mitigated, let alone stopped or reversed, unless all the countries of the world become serious about systemic, total, and orchestrated reorientations of their economies and societies' ways of living on the Earth.

IOC President's Call for Transparency Challenges Middle Eastern/Asian Political Dominance of Soccer

James Dorsey | Posted 11.21.2014 | Sports
James Dorsey

Taken at face value, a rare acknowledgment by International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach that sports and politics are inextricably intertwined should be a first step towards radical reform that offers a proper structure to govern the relationship.

Why More Women Need To Run For Political Office

Ellevate | Posted 11.12.2014 | Women
Ellevate

There are many good women who are serving on the local level; on school boards, city governments, county boards and in various state bodies; but there is still a very dismal representation of women on the federal level.

Brazil Can Put Safety and Justice at the Heart of Global Development

Robert Muggah | Posted 09.23.2014 | World
Robert Muggah

The Sustainable Development Goals are about much more than achieving a diplomatic consensus. Starting next year, they will serve as a road-map for driving development around the world, including the world's poorest countries.

Good Governance -- A Sustainable Development Goal Too Essential To Be Side-lined

David Weiss | Posted 09.20.2014 | Impact
David Weiss

I encourage the decision makers and the governments of the world to make the right decision and to include a sustainable development goal on governance so that we can truly measure the improvements in the lives of millions.

The BRICS Bank Signals the End of the American Financial Empire and U.S. Dollar Hegemony

Dr. Nasser H. Saidi | Posted 09.19.2014 | World
Dr. Nasser H. Saidi

Establishing the BRICS Bank is a momentous event The July 2014 BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) Summit was a momentous event, more ...

Governance Matters: Civil Society Voice and Performance at the World Cup

Daniel_Kaufmann | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Daniel_Kaufmann

These days, a soccer World Cup is a multi-billion dollar project, with a number of financial "winners," such as FIFA, and many losers, given the development priorities that are sacrificed to build gleaming stadia. Does this also mean that one can explain a nation's success at the cup largely by money?

The Case to Stop Campaigning and Start Governing

Mack McLarty | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics
Mack McLarty

With midterm elections four months away, there are signs that a bitterly polarized electorate will again deliver a government incapable of working together. This is our era's sad twist on the maxim "all politics is local." You can win local elections at the extremes. But you can't govern from there.

World Cup Blues: Brazilians Are in a Funk

Jorge G. Castañeda | Posted 08.27.2014 | World
Jorge G. Castañeda

A few years ago, a substantial majority of Brazilians supported holding the World Cup in their country. By last May, the share had declined to half - astoundingly low for some of the world's most enthusiastic soccer fans - with small but strident protests persisting across the country. The President's opponents want the protests to disrupt the games, damaging Brazil's international image; some are even hoping for Brazil's team to lose.

Bloomberg: 'People Care About Services, Not Ideologies'

The European | Max Tholl | Posted 06.25.2014 | World

As a former mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg knows what challenges cities have to face today and how to respond to them. He told Max Tholl wh...

AFC Power Struggle Reflects Sorry State of Soccer Governance

James Dorsey | Posted 08.10.2014 | Sports
James Dorsey

FIFA Vice President and Asian Football Confederation (AFC) executive committee member Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein in an uncommon display of elegance and...

Coming Clean: Pressure Mounts for Qatari Transparency and Proper FIFA Investigation

James Dorsey | Posted 08.08.2014 | Politics
James Dorsey

Fresh allegations by a British Sunday paper of Qatari wrongdoing in its successful bid to clinch the hosting of the 2022 World Cup have increased pres...

Urban Outfitters' Resistance to Diversity Is as Outdated as Bobby Socks and Parachute Pants

Denise L. Nappier | Posted 08.06.2014 | Business
Denise L. Nappier

Visit an Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie or Free People clothing store, and you're likely to think, "They know their market." Yet Urban Outfitters, which owns all three stores, has leaders who are so out of touch that for years they have refused to have a policy to even consider having women and minorities on its board of directors.

Why We All Want to Change the World (And Why We Often Fail)

Maya Mathias | Posted 08.06.2014 | Impact
Maya Mathias

On a week when the world marks the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square incident, I wonder about the connection between our individual perceptions versus the collective reality of what humanity wants to change.

How Healthy Do You Want Your Nonprofit Board to Be?

Anne Wallestad | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
Anne Wallestad

Can you imagine saying, "I don't have time to manage my staff" or "We don't have the resources to fundraise"? No, it wouldn't happen, because it's understood we have to invest in these things for our organizations to flourish.

The Power of Questions to Fix Political Reputation

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 07.28.2014 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

Disappointingly, though perhaps not surprisingly, voter turnout in Portugal has collapsed from 91.5 percent in 1975, the year of the first democratic elections, to 58.1 percent in the 2011 parliamentary elections.

On Mars, Who's in Charge?

Jan Millsapps, Ph.D. | Posted 07.16.2014 | Science
Jan Millsapps, Ph.D.

One sign we're on our way not just to visit, but to colonize, Mars is that people are talking about what sort of governance the first settlers will implement and adhere to.

19th-Century General Teaches 21st-Century Economists and Politicians: Arthur Wellesley and the IMF Programs in Portugal

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 07.15.2014 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

Last week, the Prime Minister of Portugal announced the end of the third intervention of the International Monetary Fund in the country since 1978. But the challenges Portugal faces in building a flexible economy will continue.

My Next Board Meeting

Jesse Rosen | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Jesse Rosen

I'm looking forward to it -- unlike Michael Kaiser, who just told us how relieved he is to never see his board again in "My Last Board Meeting." Like...