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Past Isn’t Always Prologue

For policy makers today, earlier efforts to promote local community organizing yield relatively few lessons.

 

A More Perfect Union?

New ideas on how to empower US workers involve breaking free of current labor law.

 

Uncertain Legacy

Can the history of a century-old foundation amount to more than the sum of its grants?

Reviewed By Peter Frumkin | Spring 2015
 

Misdiagnosing Science

A survey of obstacles to innovation focuses erroneously on the supposed caution of university-based scientists.

 

Nuance in Government

A leading public intellectual, fresh from government service, explores the complexities of cost-benefit analysis.

Reviewed By Peter A. Ubel | Winter 2015
 

A Climate of Mind

People tend to avoid reckoning with climate science—for reasons that have little to do with science.

 

How Giving Keeps on Giving

Those who engage in altruistic behavior reap benefits that are significant and measurable, two sociologists argue.

Reviewed By Kieran Healy | Winter 2015
 

Design or Disrupt?

The Mayo Clinic achieves patient care improvements through innovation that is incremental rather than disruptive.

 
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No Value

A "big think" look at the future of capitalism fails to reckon with the factors that make capitalism so resilient.

Reviewed By Timothy Ogden | 2 | Fall 2014
 
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Taking a Charter Flight

In one prominent effort to reinvent public schools, promise and performance don't necessarily match up.