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Safety as a Civil Right

Lawless violence in the developing world is a plague that undermines efforts to end extreme poverty.

Reviewed By Connie Rice | 1 | Spring 2014
 

Future Thirst

Meeting the world's growing demand for water will require advances in technology that build on 3,000 years of progress.

Reviewed By Eric Stowe | Spring 2014
 

Going With the “Idea Flow”

An emerging "data-driven" science of human behavior promises to help us understand and solve social problems.

Reviewed By Amir Goldberg | Spring 2014
 

The Long Race

The art of expanding an organization is less about aiming high than about "grinding it out."

Reviewed By Sam Goldman | Spring 2014
 

Prepare to Update Your Theory of Change

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

Reviewed By Timothy Ogden | 1
 
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Stories out of School

The movement to reform public schools through competition and testing is a "hoax," according to a one-time promoter of the movement.

 
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Saviors at City Hall?

Urban leaders offer a model for tackling big global problems that nation-states are failing to address.

Reviewed By Milton Friesen | 2 | Winter 2014
 
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A Man of His Time

The founder of the Worldwatch Institute and the Earth Policy Institute pursues an unfinished agenda.

 
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A Get-Rich Way to Help the Poor

There's money to be made by selling "ruthlessly affordable" products to the world's 2.7 billion poorest people.

Reviewed By Tina Sciabica | 2 | Winter 2014
 
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Manifest Density

Investment in "hyperdense" cities is, according to one writer, the key to solving many problems that afflict US society.

Reviewed By Carol Coletta | 1 | Fall 2013