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Inequality, philanthropy and social entrepreneurship

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Our country is among the most unequal in wealth and income distribution in Asia, such that it is often associated with its more distant cousins in Latin America. World Bank data on Gini index—which goes from 0 (perfect equality) to 100 (perfect inequality)—indicate that the Philippines’ index is 43, compared with Thailand’s 40 (as of 2009), Indonesia’s 34 (2005), and Vietnam’s 36 (2008).

Posted: April 2nd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Understanding social entrepreneurship

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CLOCKWISE from top left: A foreign intern enjoying the blooms at the sunflower farming community of GK Catigan, Davao del Sur; a sewer in GK Payatas Trese; citronella farmers in Barangay Kanapawan in Labo, Camarines Norte; turnover of a check from the profits of Cafe de Sug Sulu Coffee to Jainab Abdulmajid, area coordinator of a community in Sulu; tote bags printed at GK Payatas Trese; Human Nature warehouse staff. Center photo: A farmer in Camarines Norte. Contributed photos

In its broadest sense, social entrepreneurship is about innovative solutions to social problems. In countries like the Philippines where poverty and inequality are worsening despite economic growth, innovative solutions to these problems are not only desired but are also urgent.

Posted: January 20th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

Unmistakable calling

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Much of my life appears to have been absolutely random. I read too many stories, played too many street games, drew on too many surfaces, and transferred to too many schools. Like a renaissance woman who knew a little about a lot, I was a Jill of all trades but a master of none. Shamelessly ambitious, I never knew what I wanted to be because I was asked to pick just one.

Posted: December 15th, 2012 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Resurrection

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Little heralded, or even known, in this country was an event that took place halfway across the globe last week. That was the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship, “the Davos of doing good,” which culminated in the presentation of the Skoll Awards at the New Theater in Oxford, England. The awards are the Nobel Prize of sorts for social entrepreneurship and carry the same cash prize of $1 million. Four organizations won it this year. One of them is Gawad Kalinga.

Posted: April 4th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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