April 21, 2011| 0

Bottom Billions/Bottom Line: A Couple Views from the Outside

On April 1-2, the Center for Integrity in Business hosted the Bottom Billions / Bottom Line Conference. Members of large companies, small companies, social ventures, non-profits, and the university converged in Upper Gwinn Commons on the SPU campus to discuss the role of for-profit business in global development. While I could extol the virtues of […]

January 14, 2011| 0

A New Decade: What Can Marty McFly Teach Us About Change and Global Poverty?

My wife and I recently channel-surfed upon Back to the Future Part II, televised on AMC. This second installment of the blockbuster series, released in 1989, found Marty McFly and Doc Brown time traveling to 2015. With a fashion sense resembling a melted, multi-color box of highlighters and nifty hoverboard technology that would make our […]

March 1, 2010| 0

Book Review: Soccernomics: Why England Loses, Why Germany and Brazil Win, and Why the US, Japan, Australia, Turkey — and Even Iraq — Are Destined to Become the Kings of the World’s Most Popular Sport

by Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski (New York: Nation Books, 2009. 328 pp) Simon Kuper writes weekly sports columns for the Financial Times. Of his many books written on soccer from an anthropological perspective, Kuper’s Soccer Against the Enemy won the William Hill Prize for sports book of the year. Kuper lives in Paris with […]

February 23, 2010| 0

The Role of Aid in Times of National Disaster

David Brooks offers well-written, often insightful commentary from a conservative perspective through his column in The New York Times. In his recent column on Haiti and aid “The Underlying Truth,” January 14, 2010, however, he missed the mark in what may seem like a minor way with major consequences. Here is my summary of his […]