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Small Change by Michael Edwards

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CHAPTER THREEMissing Evidence

The Change That Philanthrocapitalism Doesn’t Make

Anyone looking for scientific proof that philanthro-capitalism does or does not work is sure to be disappointed. As chapter 2 made clear, different aspects of this movement are likely to have different costs and benefits; and although some serious studies of social enterprise and venture philanthropy exist, by and large the literature is anecdotal or written by evangelists more interested in publicity than rigor. This is not a field where self-criticism or humility will win you many plaudits. Nevertheless, there is some evidence to draw on, and plenty of experience against which to judge the claims that are being made in three main areas: extending access to useful ...

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