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Lester Salamon

Director, Johns Hopkins Center for civil society studies

BACKGROUND / Academic and professional background

LESTER M. SALAMON is a Professor at the Johns Hopkins University and a Research Prof at the Johns Hopkins SAIS Bologna Center. He previously served as Deputy Associate Director of the US Office of Management and Budget. Dr. Salamon pioneered the empirical study of the nonprofit or civil society sector in the U.S. and around the world, and his books and articles have transformed understanding of this sector both in the US and globally.

ACHIEVEMENT/ What is the project/initiative/startup/company you will be presenting at the Positive Economy Forum all about ?

Dr. Salamon will report on a major new book highlighting the revolution that is under way around the world in the financing of social-purpose activity, which he calls “the new frontiers of philanthropy.”


Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.

IMPACT/ What is the positive economic, social, political, environmental…of the activity, project, initiative, startup, company ?

Enormous social, economic, and environmental problems confront the world today, yet the resources of both governments and traditional philanthropy are barely growing or in decline. Fortunately, an enormous proliferation of new actors and tools is emerging on the frontiers of traditional philanthropy that holds promise of helping to overcome this dilemma. While the changes under way are inspiring and by no means trivial, however, they have remained scattered and largely uncharted in any systematic fashion. The purpose of the work to be described at this session is to enable the new approaches to philanthropy and social investing to make the jump to broader strata of participants and observer and thereby achieve the impact of which they are capable

QUOTE/ A saying, quote or reference phrase that tells something about you

“A great painter does not content himself by affecting us with his masterpieces; ultimately he succeeds in changing the landscape of our minds.” Orhan Pamuk, My Name is Red, 195