ENTREPRENEUR BIZ TIPS: The world doesn’t need another new non-profit | Kirk Bowman | TEDxPeachtree

ENTREPRENEUR BIZ TIPS: The world doesn’t need another new non-profit | Kirk Bowman | TEDxPeachtree

Here’s Great Tip: The world doesn’t need another new non-profit | Kirk Bowman | TEDxPeachtree

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Political scientist and global development champion Kirk Bowman offers an alternative approach to international development projects and philanthropy.

Dr. Kirk Bowman, a champion of global development projects, is a professor and associate chair at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he specializes in Latin American politics and development. He is also the co-founder and director of the international NGO Rise Up & Care (www.riseup.care).

Bowman’s academic work has received support from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Ford Foundation, among others. He received the University System of Georgia Excellence of Teaching in 2007, and was named Georgia’s Carnegie-Case Professor of the Year in 2008.

He earned his Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and has authored numerous books on Latin American politics.

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36 Replies to “ENTREPRENEUR BIZ TIPS: The world doesn’t need another new non-profit | Kirk Bowman | TEDxPeachtree”

  1. Anyone who attempts to do any work in another country without thoroughly consulting a dominant in the community is setting your self up for failure. That is a big problem with American's, thinking that what they have to offer is 'needed' in a community. It's called research and development and with out this every small business will fail as well. So, would say that the world doesn’t need another new small business? Of course not. Therefore what he is saying here is a great idea if you can't get past your ego and humbly ask for help, insight and guidance on a local level. This also includes not being the 'leader' and having to support and praise those who know exactly what said community really needs and run all ideas by them first to see if what you think is necessary actually is…

  2. I agree, but how do you come up with funds to support an organization you are not a part of? How do you write for a grant or as for donations when you are not part of that organization or any for that matter? Please let me know I am all ears.

  3. I guess what matters most is making a difference in the world, showing the world that you care even if it doesn't last 🙂 Nothing in the world is perfect. Even big companies/NGOs that exist today are imperfect.

  4. This is an amazing idea, invest in the local leaders. Giving food aid isn't going to get people far. Investment in their future will also have a ripple effect uplifting others in the region. Being from Africa myself and in business in Europe I understand how charity is perceived and often fails to make a difference. We have corrupt governments and dead economies. Help us by fanning the flames of innovation and we can uplift those starving children by giving their parents Jobs. The investment needed is a fraction of the billions spent sending food or clothes etc for it to all be robbed by politicians

  5. Badminton not homes or education or business guidance. I despise race politics but as a person of color I have to say you whites are gullible. I hope to God these kids at the very least we're able to get college scholarships

  6. Does it mean new ideas are nothing? if we want to change the world. Go with new ideas, not the old one. It's always possible to fund the existing, but bringing new is always a chance for someone who dreams something new

  7. As a student of Bowman's, I cannot express how grateful I am to him for what he has taught me outside of the class room in such a short amount of time. His kind heart is illuminated in his speech and he always knows the right things to say. I remember him sharing with his students about this organization and even showing us the final moments of the young kids match who is now nationally ranked I believe in badminton. His work is inspiring and intentions are pure. Keep up the wonderful work Professor.

  8. This is an important and bold argument from an authority in international development. It's a blueprint for making the world a better place through local non-profit projects by applying rigorous investment metrics that value and sustain local innovation, local success, and the expertise of local leadership. Really compelling and inspiring examples of the practical wisdom of this approach.

  9. As an example, it's the same concept as OS fragmentation with Linux. You spread out the resources too far, and don't focus the energy towards one resource, keeping it from proliferating as well as it could.

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