Premal Shah: Web 2.0 Principles for Social Enterprise

I had the pleasure of watching the end of Kiva.org president Premal Shah‘s talk at the Craigslist Nonprofit Bootcamp on Saturday. Here’s his presentation:

I really liked his suggestion to concretize the social return for donors. Kiva.org is successful because buying a piece of a microloan appeals to people who want a hands-on way to give but don’t have much money. Premal applied this thinking to non web-driven causes, such as building a school or hospital: he suggests getting people to buy a brick, or even part of a brick, and then letting them track progress as part-owners of the project.
Premal also mentioned a platform that someone out there should build: a tool for donors to fund education that uses a student’s grades to complete the feedback loop. The site could be set up for teachers to upload students’ grades a few times a year (in the same way that microfinance institutions upload information about their clients’ progress on kiva.org). I’m going to try to post this on Social Edge when I have time.

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