Innovation takes assertiveness

A winding staircase goes up and up into the light.

Dan Pallotta is a great presenter and is very funny. This talk will have you laughing, but also thinking about charities in new ways. Pallotta says that philanthropy is the market for love. Social problems are massive and thorny. We need nonprofit organizations that are up to the task. He has some provocative ideas about ethics and markets and how charities are shaped by our cultural norms.

It also is a reminder that resisting cultural norms, and innovating, takes assertiveness.

Activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta calls out the double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities. Too many nonprofits, he says, are rewarded for how little they spend — not for what they get done. Instead of equating frugality with morality, he asks us to start rewarding charities for their big goals and big accomplishments (even if that comes with big expenses). In this bold talk, he says: Let’s change the way we think about changing the world.

This talk was presented at an official TED conference.

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