(The Guardian) A Canadian NGO, Engineers Without Borders, has done what many would fear most: publish its failures. EWB has recently launched Admittingfailure.com and already has pledges from other NGOs who plan to likewise publish their mistakes. The goal of the site is to encourage NGOs to learn from one another and to inform the public–the main source of funding–where its money is going.
(Seattle Times) Ken Jennings, a record-holding champion on the game show “Jeopardy!”, is competing again, this time for charity. He will be up against Jeopardy champion Brad Rutter and “Watson,” an IBM computer. Both Mr. Jennings and Mr. Rutter have pledged half their winnings to a charity, and IBM will donate 100% of its winnings to charity. Mr. Jennings chose to donate his charity money to VillageReach, a Seattle-based social enterprise that distributes medical care in Africa, because he sees “the great effort VillageReach is making to improve the lives of those in the developing world who are in critical need of health care.” Mr. Jennings will play his two opponents on February 14, 15, and 16.