The Great Near

Caitlin Morelli
Who broke the economy and how do we fix it? Twice per month. Written for people, not experts.
Created 01 Feb 2021
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  • More data won't solve our problems
    01 Sep 2021 • 9 min read • 3 0
    Hey folks. This is the 12th edition of The Great Near. This post is for anyone in the social sector who seeks knowledge to understand the root of big problems. It’s about a billion-dollar industry of ...
  • Knowledge for knowledge's sake.
    16 Aug 2021 • 7 min read • 3 0
    Hey folks. This is the 11th edition of The Great Near. Today’s post is an introduction to next week: an observation of a trend in the social sector where we replicate research and other analyses. This...
  • Behind the scenes: building a character-based lending fund
    26 Jul 2021 • 12 min read • 4 0
    Hey folks. This is the 10th edition of The Great Near. (We made it to 10! 🎉 Help me celebrate by sharing TGN with a friend?) Today’s post is a conversation with the most inquisitive person I know. Er...
  • The Social Justice Enterprise
    30 Jun 2021 • 12 min read • 2 0
    Hey folks. This is the 9th edition of The Great Near, the final post in a three-part “better business” series, back after a quick detour on corporate commitments to racial equity. Today’s post explore...
  • Don’t be fooled by corporate commitments to racial equity.
    09 Jun 2021 • 13 min read • 9 0
    Hey folks. This is the 8th edition of The Great Near. This month marks 100 years since the Tulsa Massacre and one year since George Floyd’s murder. In light of this, I’ve been thinking about the authe...
  • Social entrepreneurship was supposed to save us—what happened?
    24 May 2021 • 10 min read • 3 0
    Hey folks. This is the 7th edition of The Great Near. Spring is in the air, normalcy is returning, and I’m excited to share today’s post. It’s the second in a series that is exploring our fuzzy expect...
  • The Basecamp fiasco and the social responsibility of business
    12 May 2021 • 9 min read • 2 0
    Hey folks. This is the 6th edition of The Great Near, coming a bit late after a short nature break in the Appalachian mountains (picture below). Today’s post is the first in a series that will explore...
  • Who's behind all the "access to capital" reform? (Part 2)
    22 Apr 2021 • 14 min read • 5 0
    Hey folks. This is the 5th edition of The Great Near. My heart is heavy today, celebrating justice served for George Floyd while grieving lives claimed by police in the same breath and a system that m...
  • Who's behind all the "access to capital" reform?
    07 Apr 2021 • 11 min read • 4 0
    Hey folks. This is the 4th edition of The Great Near. Today’s post is about the ways in which we’re failing small businesses owned by women and people of color. Mostly though, it’s also about the peop...
  • How many brownie points does your company get for social impact this year?
    22 Mar 2021 • 7 min read • 3 0
    Hey folks. This is the 3rd edition of The Great Near. Today’s post is a continuation of last week’s post on Google Trends and corporate social impact. Burger King’s latest campaign had me thinking abo...
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