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Civil Society

 

Social innovations that enrich society and enhance democratic participation

 
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Cheap and Clean

Cheap and Clean explores how, more than anything else, beliefs about the costs and environmental harms associated with certain fuels drive opinions about energy and climate change policy.

 

Brands as Targets

Companies with a high profile are more likely to become the focus of anti-sweatshop protests.

 

The Strong Effect of Weak Ties

Social connections help drive protest mobilization—as long as those connections aren't too close.

 

In Aid of Conflict?

International food assistance can lead to a spike in the occurrence of armed conflict within a country.

 
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From Petitions to Decisions

After Change.org placed petitions at the center of its platform, the size of its membership soared. But operating a high-volume petition site isn’t enough for its leaders. Includes magazine extras.

 
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Equal Effort

Behind the recent advance of gay marriage rights lies a decade of careful planning and diligent collaboration. Includes magazine extras.

 

Social Work as a Social Wedge

In China, a new kind of NGO has started to embed the values of civil society in its provision of social services.

 

Putting Bullies in Their Place

A Web-based initiative uses analysis of social media chatter to locate hotspots of antisocial behavior.

 

Big Box Protests Can Be a Big Deal

Community activists have a lot of potential influence on whether large retailers enter a local market.

 

Deepening Community: Finding Joy Together in Chaotic Times

Deepening Community explores four aspects of creating a meaningful community in a modern world.

By Paul Born | 3 | May. 1, 2014