Tag Archive: Dan Berelowitz

  1. Why Collaborations Fail

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    “A few weeks ago, the board chair of a great social enterprise called me in distress. A collaboration he had nurtured was in disarray. He’d gotten a hold of an email that called the executive director and staff at his organization “uncollaborative.”

    He and I tried to figure out what was going on. We talked through the history of the collaboration and ultimately spotted what we thought could be the root of the problem: a major power shift. His organization had sprung from the partner years earlier. Both were financially healthy, but the “child” was now bigger and stronger than its “parent.” And the parent was feeling threatened.

    Subsequently, he invested time with the chair from the other organization to hear his concerns. Then they each went back and opened up the conversation with their respective executive directors. Ultimately, the organizations resolved their differences and set a positive, “recollaborative” course for the future.

    For me, this experience exemplified the fact that power is the secret sauce of nonprofit collaborations. Great collaborations between organizations achieve more than either organization could achieve by itself. But when nonprofit collaborations don’t talk about power and address the implications of power imbalances openly, each party runs the risk of stumbling into (or contributing to) an ugly, counterproductive situation. This is true on an organizational level and a personal level, as relationships naturally grow and evolve over time. Sometimes, organizational and personal issues are one and the same. And sometimes the breakdown is irrevocable, and each party regretfully—and usually wrongly—walks away thinking the other was ultimately too uncollaborative…”

    Read the full article by Jon Huggett here.

  2. Ethical Performance celebrates Young Global Leaders

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    “The World Economic Forum is now in its 47th year. It’s famous for its annual summit in Davos attended by luminaries in multiple industries. But It is also known for selecting and bringing together a yearly community of over 800 Young Global Leaders (YGL)—enterprising and socially-minded men and women, all under the age of 40…”

    “The six British YGLs  are a mix of known names and rising stars, among them celebrated former England and Manchester United football player, Rio Ferdinand, founder of the Rio Ferdinand Foundation and Presenter BT Group Plc. Ferdinand was selected in acknowledgement of his work in tackling youth unemployment by building skills, cooperation and opportunities for disadvantaged communities. Other names include Dan Berelowitz, CEO and founder of Spring Impact, an entrepreneur whose not-for-profit is pioneering ‘social franchising’—helping high potential social ventures replicate their social impact to scale…”


  3. Social entrepreneurship in Africa -‘World Economic Forum on Africa’ (WEF)

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    For the first part of my trip I took part in the Solutions Summit, the biggest gathering of Schwab Social Entrepreneurs in the last four years. They are the world’s largest network of late stage social entrepreneurs counting over 400 members. There were about 150 members at the gathering and the topic under discussion was ‘Scaling Up What Works’. It was a great to speak to like-minded people and I ran a session on scaling up and replication attended by 50 members receiving lots of interest from entrepreneurs seeking to scale up their proven programmes.

    There were a lot of highlights for ‘Schwabbies’ (as Schwab Social Entrepreneurs often refer to themselves). To name a few:

    The second half of my week was spent at the World Economic Forum Africa itself.

    The Forum is a chance for leaders of state, politicians and corporates across Africa to meet and work together.

    I met the President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe and President of South Africa Jacob Zuma, both key players in the Emerging African Story. We had a session with 30 fellows and the new South African Minister of Finance (Previous Minister of Home Affairs and Minister of Public Enterprise), Malusi Gigaba. Together we had a fascinating conversation about his plans for improving the finances of South Africa.

    As always, the highlights for me involved individuals and the relationships I grew and developed throughout the event. I spent hours talking with Lindiwe Mazibuko about her experiences being the parliamentary leader of the opposition party in South Africa and the toll it took on her, as well as her future plans.

    I was blown away talking with Victor Ochen about his background as a refugee in Uganda and how he overcame great odds to build the African Youth Initiative Network. He’s now putting pressure on the government to create change.

    The WEF Africa was an in-depth, heartfelt and expert update on Africa, and I have lots of ideas on how the work we do at the Spring Impact can contribute.


    Need more food for thought? Many of the conference’s talks are available online.






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