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Timothy Ogden

Tim Ogden (@philaction or @timothyogden) is managing director of the Financial Access Initiative at NYU and executive partner at Sona Partners, a thought leadership communications firm. He is co-author of Toyota Under Fire, and author of the forthcoming Experimental Conversations, a collection of interviews with economists conducting field experiments on poverty alleviation. He has developed and edited more than 20 books, including award-winning business books on innovation and marketing. In addition to blogging regularly for SSIR, he serves as editor-in-chief of Philanthropy Action and as a contributing editor for Alliance magazine.

Prepare to Update Your Theory of Change

Jan. 23, 2014 1

The new book Scarcity provides critical insights for designing better anti-poverty programs, but not for allocating scarce philanthropic resources.

Techno-Optimists Beware

Jun. 12, 2012 1

Two books argue that entrepreneurs and technology are transforming the global economy.

Techno-Optimists Beware

May. 16, 2012

Two books argue that entrepreneurs and technology are transforming the global economy.

Free the Knowledge

Feb. 8, 2012 5

Useful knowledge for the social sector coming from academic researchers is severely limited.

Thinking Small

Apr. 13, 2011 5

The problem with “changing the world” is that it probably involves invoking impossibly superficial means to address oversimplified problems.

Cause Marketing Does More Harm Than Good

Oct. 18, 2010 1

I believe that cause marketing programs erode the joy of giving, turn consumers into cynics, and contribute to the overall loss of faith and trust in the nonprofit sector.

Patient Optimists

Feb. 19, 2010 8

Patient optimists have lowered their expectations of any particular program or intervention, but not their belief in a better world over the long term.