Author: Sarah Harris

The Mission Driven Conference and Meaningful Data

This week I attended Mission Driven, a conference focused on social impact hosted by Mission Capital (formerly known as Greenlights). Mission Capital is an Austin-based non-profit concentrated on building collective solutions to large social issues. The conference brought together the public, private, and non-profit sectors, which is increasingly common as trends toward whole-system thinking grows. The fields of finance, business, development, and social work are mixing as these sectors move toward collective solution-building. As such, the conference dove heavily into issues of non-profit management in a changing landscape, investing, and funding; all of which focused on whole-system thinking. Nirav Shah,...

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The Elephant in the Room

The 2014 Tribune Festival’s coverage of issues related to higher education in Texas began with a panel discussion on the State’s Closing the Gap education plan. Texas initiated the initial plan in 2000 to address low minority postsecondary education rates. This year’s panel was composed of educators, analysts, administrators and politicians, some having served in multiple of these roles during the course of their careers. Overall, panelists felt the initial plan had been largely successful, and that things were moving in a positive direction, but all agreed that much work remained to be done. With the state’s dynamic growth...

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