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Government by Toolkit

The first chief technology officer of the United States offers a vision for remaking public services.

Reviewed By Sonal Shah | Summer 2014
 

The Trouble With Top-Down

The limits of technocratic, one-size-fits-all approaches to economic development have become all too evident.

Reviewed By Kevin Starr | Summer 2014
 

An Insider’s Tale

A veteran corporate social responsibility leader reflects on “doing well and doing good” at a big oil company.

Reviewed By David J. Vogel | Summer 2014
 

A Messy Solution to Messy Problems

An emerging method for enabling innovation focuses not on plans or projects, but on broad social challenges.

Reviewed By Lucy Bernholz | Summer 2014
 

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 | Jan. 23, 2014
 
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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.