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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 | 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.

 
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A Guide to “Good” Investment

Two impact investing pioneers offer a primer on efforts to generate both social benefits and financial returns.

Reviewed By Cathy Clark | Fall 2014
 

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