Saturday, November 22, 2014

Introduction

Caring Communities: The Role of Nonprofits in Rebuilding the Gulf Coast

The idea of “social entrepreneurship”—innovation in the philanthropic sector to fill in the gaps left by both the market sector and the state sector—has become a hot topic in the last decade. People increasingly wonder how nonprofit enterprises and social entrepreneurs can effectively mimic the successes of the market economy in increasing human welfare, choice, and dignity without either the profit-loss system of markets or the democratic and constitutional checks of the public sector.

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Articles

Coordinates of Resilience

Lenore T. Ealy

The story of successful disaster response and recovery after Hurricane Katrina is the story of human action undertaken at the most personal level.


Post-Disaster Recovery and Social Entrepreneurship

Emily Chamlee-Wright and Virgil Henry Storr

Following a disaster, social entrepreneurs provide materials, services, and information and fill in the gaps left by insufficient, government-provided services.


Information Trickles Up

Jerry Brito and Daniel M. Rothschild

In the aftermath of disasters, information travels in a variety of directions and through a variety of means, but very rarely does it flow from the top down.


Visible Hearts, Invisible Hands

Roxanne Alvarez and Veronique de Rugy

Americans give money away, lots of it.  But why do they give and what nonprofits do with that money?


Centralizing Compassion: A Disaster’s Tale

Jennifer D. Zambone

What happens to a society if the government becomes the only source of compassion?


Features

Rebuilding Religiously

M. Z. Hemingway

Hurricane Katrina demonstrated a colossal failure of government at the local, state and federal levels, but it also showcased the religious nonprofit sector’s dramatic success in responding to the immediate and long-term needs of a populace ravaged by natural disaster.


Networking through Disaster

Malia Politzer

New Orleans is better known for its thriving music culture than its digital savvy, but four years after Katrina, blogs, Twitter, Yahoo groups, and wikis are helping to transform the city.