This edition of the Hauser Center E-News highlights activities and events from
July - August 2007.
Hauser Center 10-Year Anniversary
Nonprofit Governance and Accountability
Welcome to New Hauser Affiliates
People in Action
People in the News
Hauser Center Website Redesign, Your
HAUSER CENTER 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY
To commemorate the ten-year
anniversary of the Hauser Center we are convening a series of
seminars in the Fall that will cover an array of topics relevant to
the field of nonprofits and civil society. Additional ten-year
anniversary activities will continue throughout the year. The
seminar luncheon series will be held at the Kennedy School of
Government from 12:30 - 2:00 pm on these dates with the following
Robert Putnam, Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy,
speaking on "American Grace: The Changing Contribution of
Religion to American Civic Life."
Christopher Winship, Norman Tishman and Charles M. Diker Professor
of Sociology, speaking on "Taking the Measure of the Voluntary
October 25th: TBD
Christine Letts, Rita E. Hauser Lecturer in the Practice of
Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership, speaking on "Teaching
Nonprofit Management in Distance Learning Modes."
November 15th: J.
Richard Hackman, Edgar Pierce Professor of Social and Organizational
Psychology, speaking on "The Role of Values in Animating and
Herman "Dutch" B. Leonard, George F. Baker, Jr. Professor of Public
Management in the John F. Kennedy School of Government; Eliot I.
Snider and Family Professor of Business Administration, speaking on
"Are All Organizations Public - and What Would That Imply?"
Seating for each
seminar will be limited. To reserve your place at the table,
please confirm your planned attendance by email to
firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 617-495-1114.
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HAUSER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TAPPED TO LEAD
LARGE BOSTON NONPROFIT
Executive Director of the Hauser Center from 2003-2007, left her
position on August 17th to become the first female President of
Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of
Boston, a very
significant and challenging policy and management job at the heart of
the voluntary sector. Catholic Charities is one of the largest providers
of social services in Massachusetts through approximately 140 programs
that respond to the needs of the poor, working poor, children, families,
refugees, and immigrants of all faiths. While Executive Director
of the Hauser Center, Dearing was well respected by not only students,
staff, faculty, and administration from both Harvard and outside, but
also by practitioners and leaders from the nonprofit sector. In
addition to her management position at the Center, she also contributed
academic knowledge to the field of nonprofits and civil society through
public presentations, media and press pieces, and research on
international humanitarian aid, which is described in the co-authored
Comparative Advantage in Disaster Response. While we are very
sorry to see her go, we can be both proud and excited that she will be
putting what she learned at the Hauser Center, and as a student at the
Kennedy School, to use in service to the sector, and to society at
During the search for her
replacement, Anne Mathew is serving as the Interim Executive
Director. For information on the job posting for Executive
Director, please click here
or consult the Harvard
WIEGO Research Retreat was held
at the Hauser Center July 23-24th. Participants included Marty
Chen (Coordinator), James Heintz (Research Coordinator), Francie Lund
(Director, Social Protection), Joann Vanek (Director, Statistics), and
Francoise Carre (an active Member and partner of WIEGO who is a Research
Director at the Center for Social Policy at University of
Massachusetts/Boston). The Research Retreat participants identified
priorities for the next 2-3 years of WIEGO's research-cum-statistical
work, including: development of a common framework for labor statistics
in both developed and developing countries; development of a conceptual
framework and case studies on organizing in the informal economy; development of a conceptual framework and case studies on workplace
safety and health in the informal economy; analysis of the impact of
trade liberalization on informal employment; update of the 2002 ILO
volume of statistics on informal employment co-authored by Marty Chen
and Joann Vanek; and documentation of the impact of the World Cup 2010
on informal producers of soccer balls, soccer uniforms, and soccer
memorabilia around the world and on informal traders in South Africa
where the World Cup will be held.
COLOMBIA CIVIL SOCIETY INITIATIVE
The distance learning partnership between the Hauser Center
and the Colombian Civil Society Initiative continues to produce both
executive education and joint research activity. Dave Brown worked with
colleagues at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogot, Colombia to develop the
comparative analysis of eight cases of community empowerment initiatives
and to create a teaching case about the evolution of "schools for
democracy" in rural Colombian villages. He also taught a day-long
session on Civil Society Strategic Thinking and Organizational Learning
in an ongoing executive education program for leaders for 25 NGOs
involved in work with disabled groups that the Universidad de los Andes
NONPROFIT GOVERNANCE AND
Governance and Accountability Project and The Harvard Business
School Social Enterprise Initiative announce a 2007-2008 Seminar Series
"Problems and Prospects in Nonprofit Governance."
Researchers who have been funded by the Nonprofit Governance and
Accountability Project (a joint initiative of the Hauser Center and
Harvard Law School), will share their findings -- on topics as varied as
the role of nonprofits in governing community problem-solving to the
problems of holding NGOs accountable for work in war-torn environments.
At five of the seminars, faculty affiliated with the Business School's
Social Enterprise Initiative and the Hauser Center will frame some of
the conceptual and practical challenges involved in understanding and
leading federated, or 'multi-governed organizations,' a large yet
under-studied part of the nonprofit landscape.
Faculty, students, and practitioners working in relevant areas are
welcome to participate. Please RSVP to Maryann Leach at
email@example.com as space is limited. Lunch will be
served at the mid-day seminars. For additional information and
locations, please visit the
Hauser events webpage.
October 10th, 4:30 - 6:00pm: "What is a
Multi-Governed Organization? And Why Should We Care?" presented
by Dutch Leonard, George F. Baker, Jr. Professor of Public
Management in the John F Kennedy School of Government; Eliot I.
Snider and Family Professor of Business Administration.
October 16th, 12:30 - 2:00pm: "Preliminary
Observations on the Structure and Governance of Multi-Governed
Organizations" presented by Marion Fremont-Smith, Adjunct
Lecturer, Kennedy School of Government, and Senior Research Fellow,
Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations and Peter Dobkin Hall,
Hauser Lecturer in Public Policy, Kennedy School of Government.
October 31st, 4:30 - 6:00pm: "Multi-Governed
Nonprofit Organizations: Building Practice and Theory" presenter
November 14th, 12:30 - 2:00pm: "Who Governs
the Expert? Expertise as Global Governance" presented by David
Kennedy, Manley Hudson Professor of Law, Harvard Law School.
December 11th,12:30 - 2:00pm: "Non-Profit or
For-Profit? Incentives and Implications for Security Exchanges"
presented by Allen Ferrell, Greenfield Professor of Securities Law, Harvard Law
February 7th, 4:30 - 6:00pm: "Multi-Governed
Nonprofit Organizations: Building Practice and Theory" presenter
February 19th, 12:30 - 2:00pm: "Metrics vs.
Mission? The Effects of Performance Measurement on Humanitarian
NGOs" presented by Claude Bruderlein, Director, Program on
Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research; Lecturer in International
Health, Harvard School of Public Health.
March 6th, 4:30 - 6:00pm: "Challenges of
Leadership and Authority in Federated Volunteer Organizations: Case
of the Sierra Club" presented by Marshall Ganz, Lecturer in
Public Policy, Kennedy School of Government.
March 18th, 12:30 - 2:00pm: "Social
Networks, Nonprofit Organizations, and the New Civil Society"
presented by Robert J. Sampson, Henry Ford II Professor of the
Social Sciences and Chair, Department of Sociology.
April 3rd, 4:30 - 6:00pm: "Multi-Governed
Nonprofit Organizations: Building Practice and Theory" presenter
April 15th, 12:30 - 2:00pm: "Accountability,
Learning, and Performance: Tensions and Trade-Offs for Nonprofit
Leaders" presented by Alnoor Ebrahim, Wyss Visiting Scholar,
Harvard Business School; Visiting Associate Professor, Kennedy School
WELCOME TO NEW HAUSER
We are pleased to welcome the following researchers and staff
to the Hauser Center:
Cristina Balboa, Research Fellow
A political scientist working at the nexus of public policy,
international relations and management literatures, Cristina Balboa is
currently finishing her PhD from the Yale School of Forestry and
Environmental Studies. Her research examines the organizational
variables that foster or hinder a transnational environmental NGO's (TENGO's)
ability to balance accountability demands within private conservation
networks in the Philippines, Palau, and Papua New Guinea. While her work
thus far has examined private conservation networks, Cristina is
interested in applying her dissertation framework to other networks,
including disaster relief networks in Indonesia and Louisiana.
Cristina's research interests also include global governance, other
private governance arrangements like certification, and broader themes
within the culture of nonprofits. Previous to her PhD work, Cristina was
a researcher at the World Resources Institute, where she worked on
coastal and marine issues in Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific.
Marie Besanon, Research Fellow
Marie Besanon's area of expertise is civil wars. She completed her
Ph.D. in political science at Claremont Graduate School in 2001 where
her research investigated relative deprivation between groups, and its
role in ethnic conflict, revolutions and genocides. She has a bachelor's
degree in biology/premed, and master's degrees in French and
international relations. Besanon is the head of a nonprofit
organization with a mission to rehabilitate communities destroyed by war
in the Sudan The American Sudanese Partnerships for Peace and
Development. The organization teams up with local NGOs and universities
to share expertise on different areas of rehabilitation and development.
Besanon was a Boston Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights
Fellow with the Women and Public Policy Program and the International
Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International
Affairs in 20022003, a fellow with the Intrastate Conflict Program in
2004-2005, and a research fellow with the International Security Program
from 2005-2007. Her current research interests are mathematical
modeling of the peace process in the Sudan and game theoretic analysis
of the power structures in the Sudan. She is working on a case study of
the role of religious leaders in ending the North South war in the Sudan
- focusing on Senator John Danforths role.
Lynn Martin, WIEGO Communications Officer
Lynn Martin, who was the Director of Communications for the
International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and, more
recently, the Managing Editor and Publications and Information
Coordinator at Harvard School of Public Health, joined the Women in
Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO)
Secretariat in September.
Alexander Parachini, Faculty Assistant
Alex Parachini is a faculty assistant to Marion Fremont-Smith and Peter
Dobkin Hall, will be contributing to the Hauser Center website
redesign project, and in the spring of 2008 will be a faculty
assistant to Jack McCarthy, Jim Honan and Anne Thornburg for their
co-taught Financial Management in Public and Nonprofit Organizations course. He is originally from Albany, NY and
graduated from Tufts University with BAs in Philosophy and German.
Before joining the Hauser Center, Alex worked at the Harvard School of
Public Health, supporting several faculty members and working with the
Law and Public Health program. He is an avid cyclist and former bike
mechanic and races cyclocross for QuadCycles in Arlington, MA.
Michael Pirson, Research Fellow
Michael Pirson is a research fellow at the Hauser Center and a lecturer
at Harvard Extension School. He conducts research on trust and well
being in organizational contexts. He is also actively investigating
alternative organizational models that combine financial and social
value creation. He is focusing his teaching on the area of
organizational strategy and social entrepreneurship. He is
co-editor of the book Humanism in Business - Perspectives on
Responsible Business in Society (Cambridge University Press,
forthcoming). Prior to earning his PhD at the University of St. Gallen,
Switzerland, he was working in international management consulting. He
has experience in for-profit and non-profit startups and is advisor to
three social enterprises. He also gained experience in the political
arena as a campaign aide for Hillary Clinton.
PEOPLE IN ACTION
annual Guide to Nonprofit Courses: Harvard University and Beyond for 2007-2008. The Guide includes information about the
nonprofit-related courses, student groups, activities, and research
centers across the schools of Harvard, MIT, and the Tufts Fletcher
School of Law and Diplomacy. The Guide is available in hard copy
at the Hauser Center or online here.
Former Hauser Doctoral Fellow Maple Razsa has completed his
graduate studies and taken a job as Assistant Professor of International
Studies in the Departments of International Studies and Anthropology at
Colby College in Waterville, Maine.
presented his work on "Democratic Accountability and the World Bank" at
a workshop on Civil Society and Accountable Global Governance at the
University of Gothenburg, Sweden from June 13-15th. Srilatha Batliwala
served as a commentator on his paper, along with a representative from
the World Bank.
On July 6th, Marshall Ganz spoke with staff at the Center for Community Change (CCC) in
Washington, D.C. The CCC works to provide policy and organizing expertise
on a range of issue areas including housing, transportation, economic
development, and immigrant rights to insure that government programs are
responsive to community needs. Ganz also spoke on July 7th in
Washington, D.C. at the New
Organizing Institute's Summer Campaign Bootcamp, a training designed for
future political campaign staffers, on how to apply organizing principles such as house meetings
and new technology in upcoming election campaigns.
Dave Brown met in Bogot, Colombia July 8-10th with research teams from Argentina, Brazil
and Colombia to review first drafts of cases about the evolution of the RedEAmerica country networks of corporate foundations that promote
grassroots development. The draft cases will be revised and discussed
with the country networks and the teams will also construct a
comparative analysis to identify critical ingredients in the evolution
of such networks.
Marty Chen was
invited to attend the third meeting of the Commissioners of the
Commission for Legal Empowerment of the Poor, co-chaired by Madeleine
Albright and Hernando de Soto, in New York City on July 12-13th. Marty serves on two of the Commission's Working Groups: one on Labor
Rights, the other on Business Rights.
On July 20th, Marshall Ganz met with
the leadership of Sojourners: Christians for Justice and Peace
in Washington D.C. to discuss strategy for their Vote out Poverty
campaign. Sojourners' mission is "to articulate the biblical call to
social justice, inspiring hope and building a movement to transform
individuals, communities, the church, and the world."
Alnoor Ebrahim was a
guest columnist in August for Capacity.org, a publication of the
European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM), Netherlands
Development Organisation (SNV) and the United Nations Development
Programme (UNDP). His column, "Rethinking Capacity Building: The Need
for Analytical and Adaptive Capacity" is
Marshall Ganz served
as the discussant for the first plenary session, entitled "Strategy:
Conceptual Foundations and Agendas," at the Collective Behavior and
Social Movements Workshop at Hofstra University on August 9th. The event
was held by the American Sociological Association's Section on
Collective Behavior and Social Movements.
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PEOPLE IN THE
Peggy Levitt's recent book
God Needs No Passport has received a lot of good press.
The book was reviewed in the August 28th article "How religion forges global networks" in The
Christian Science Monitor. Link to the
article here. Levitt was also
interviewed about issues highlighted in the book in the Boston
Globe article "For author, religion is a path to acceptance" on
August 25th. Link to the
Marshall Ganz is quoted as one
of the organizers of Camp Obama in The Boston Globe article "Ardent
backers of Obama's run head off to camp" on
August 18th. Link to the
article here. Ganz's work at
Camp Obama and quotes are also featured in the August 29th article in The Huffington Post
"Stories and numbers - a closer look at Camp Obama." Link to
In the August 2nd Boston Globe article "Catholic Charities president welcomes chance to
serve" Tiziana Dearing discusses her new role as president of
the organization. Link to the
J. Bryan Hehir and Tiziana
Dearing's changing roles at Catholic Charities is described in
the July 28th Boston Globe
article "Key aide tightens ties to O'Malley." Link to the
Following the release of the
Capital Ideas: Moving From Short Term Engagement To Long Term
Sustainability Symposium, the
results and analysis have been picked up and reported by several
news outlets, including quotes from two of the symposium conveners,
and Elizabeth Keating. Articles included "Grants made easier, donors
want faster process" in the July 24th
edition of Seacoastonline.com (article
link here); "Share and share alike" in the July 25th edition of
The Chronicle of Higher Education (article
link here); and "Funders recommend streamlining grant process,
survey finds" in the July 26th edition of Philanthropy News
In the July 17th onPhilanthropy.com article "Growing scrutiny in
the nonprofit sector" Marion Fremont-Smith's presentation of
her research at a Fordham Law School conference was cited.
Link to the
Hauser Center Website Redesign, Your
The Hauser Center is redesigning its website to create a more
useful resource for nonprofit managers, trustees, donors, overseers, and
scholars. We hope the new site will help you access the latest research
in the field (whether originating at Harvard or elsewhere) and
contribute to the latest thinking. We also hope the new website will
connect leaders in the field with each other.
We are eager to get your ideas and suggestions for the look, feel, and
content of the new website, as well as your comments about what you like
and don't like about the current
Hauser website. We've created an on-line
Hauser Center Website Forum
through which you can get us your comments and
contribute to our design discussion as much or as little as you'd like.
So please visit the Forum and help us in this effort. The Website Forum
will continue until the new site launches, but the sooner we get your
initial comments, the more easily we can integrate your ideas into the
new design. Thanks in advance for your help.
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This edition of the
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