Darah Hansen summarizes my research on social impact bonds very nicely.
I've changed the menus on this website to allow you to find the various series of articles that I've written. Click on "Series" at the top of the page and you will find my articles on accounting basics, my critiques of companies like Microsoft and Apple, and my analysis of social impact bonds at St Mungo's in the UK.
Hope this makes the website easier to get around!
David Israelson's article in the Globe & Mail draws on my own articles about Apple's tax issues. I managed not to take the call from my kayak.
Over the course of the coming week I'll be releasing a series of postings looking at Apple's finances. I'll start Monday with an overview of the balance sheet and then look at some of the problems this financial statement reveals. Is there a worm in the Apple? Stay tuned ...
I'm at the University of Calgary today talking to colleagues about homelessness, social housing, and social return on investment. Calgary is an interesting setting because a few years ago, the city declared its intention to "end homelessness in 10 years."
These sorts of ambitious goals are great at generating attention to problems of poverty, but I always worry what it means to say you have "ended" a complex social problem. I do hope that Calgary ends homelessness, but one always has to be careful that the underlying causes of poverty are addressed. Otherwise, the socioeconomic system just produces more poor people, but with a different manifestation of poverty.
Calgary is doing great work in this area, and one of the reasons I'm here is to learn from the people leading the effort. Check out the Calgary Homeless Foundation to learn more about what is happening here.