The world doesn’t need another new non-profit | Kirk Bowman | TEDxPeachtree



Political scientist and global development champion Kirk Bowman offers an alternative approach to international development projects and philanthropy.

Dr. Kirk Bowman, a champion of global development projects, is a professor and associate chair at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he specializes in Latin American politics and development. He is also the co-founder and director of the international NGO Rise Up & Care (www.riseup.care).

Bowman’s academic work has received support from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Ford Foundation, among others. He received the University System of Georgia Excellence of Teaching in 2007, and was named Georgia’s Carnegie-Case Professor of the Year in 2008.

He earned his Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and has authored numerous books on Latin American politics.

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  • If the story of samba badminton doesn't convince people of the value of investing in local organizations and leaders, I don't know what will 🙂 Great talk!

  • Katie Krantz –
    I compartinho with you the same thought . Happy birthday!!! Inverting the traditional model of non profit charities is so powerful! Allowing the autonomy of creating positive change to be placed back into the hands of local leaders will surely lead to long-lasting and effective impacts for developing communities.

  • Extremely informative and really well done. you can tell that the charity Rise Up and Care has a model that works! Good luck!!!!

  • A very insightful talk! I like the emphasis you place on supporting local leaders and organizations – definitely an idea that should be more widespread!

  • As an example, it's the same concept as OS fragmentation with Linux. You spread out the resources too far, and don't focus the energy towards one resource, keeping it from proliferating as well as it could.

  • This is an important and bold argument from an authority in international development. It's a blueprint for making the world a better place through local non-profit projects by applying rigorous investment metrics that value and sustain local innovation, local success, and the expertise of local leadership. Really compelling and inspiring examples of the practical wisdom of this approach.

  • Great talk, Bowman! I think this is a really smart strategy. I will definitely pass this along to my social work colleagues. :):):)

  • As a student of Bowman's, I cannot express how grateful I am to him for what he has taught me outside of the class room in such a short amount of time. His kind heart is illuminated in his speech and he always knows the right things to say. I remember him sharing with his students about this organization and even showing us the final moments of the young kids match who is now nationally ranked I believe in badminton. His work is inspiring and intentions are pure. Keep up the wonderful work Professor.

  • Eu tenho muito orgulho de conhecer esse professor, grande mestre, exime conhecedor das causas e soluções sociais. Parabéns!!!!

  • Does it mean new ideas are nothing? if we want to change the world. Go with new ideas, not the old one. It's always possible to fund the existing, but bringing new is always a chance for someone who dreams something new

  • Badminton not homes or education or business guidance. I despise race politics but as a person of color I have to say you whites are gullible. I hope to God these kids at the very least we're able to get college scholarships

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