Jessica Ruvinsky is a science writer based in Santa Monica, California. She was an editor at Discover magazine in New York and has contributed to The Economist, Science, and U.S. News & World Report. She has a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from Stanford and a bachelor's degree from Yale.
The Power of Being Seen | Nov. 20, 2013
People are more apt to behave in socially responsible ways when they think that others might take notice.
Off-the-Shelf or Do-It-Yourself? | Nov. 20, 2013
How a company supports employee voluntarism depends on whether it participates in certain kinds of external networks.
Mapping Word of Mouth | Nov. 20, 2013
Spreading messages in remote villages is a matter of understanding the patterns by which villagers connect with each other.
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Good (and Not-So-Good) Neighbors | Aug. 14, 2013
Major local events, with some notable exceptions, spur locally based companies to increase charitable giving.
Poverty and Achievement, Revisited | Aug. 14, 2013
Enrollment in a classroom with a high poverty rate doesn't necessarily affect individual student performance.
Markets Versus Morals | Aug. 14, 2013
In a market context, people are apt to betray their own beliefs about right and wrong.
Making Businesses More Responsible | Nov. 16, 2011
Corporate sustainability reporting is increasingly mandated by government and the public.
Diversity Opportunities | Nov. 16, 2011
New research finds that some companies are increasingly pro-diversity and others lag well behind.
The Evolution of Membership | Nov. 16, 2011
Membership in organizations is growing, but not what it used to be.
Public Services 2.0 | Nov. 16, 2011
Technology can empower citizens to co-create some government services.
Giving Blind | Nov. 16, 2011
Watch dog organizations don't reach most donors.
Improving Teamwork | Aug. 16, 2011
Collectivist, group-oriented teams do better work.
How Leaders Encourage Innovation | Aug. 16, 2011
Transformational leaders capitalize on the creativity that employees have.
Nonprofits Aren’t More Commercial | Aug. 16, 2011
A new study finds that nonprofits are not becoming more commercialized.
Cadaver Commerce | Aug. 16, 2011
The moral legitimacy of a new market can come as much from how you sell something as from exactly what you’re selling.
Undisclosed Pharma Contributions | Aug. 16, 2011
Most health advocacy organizations do not report industry funding.
Welfare Works Better than Bootstraps | Feb. 16, 2011
In Britain, the social safety net allows people who fall into poverty to pull themselves out. Americans who become poor are more likely to stay that way.
Turning a Profit by Helping the Poor | Feb. 16, 2011
Politically radical social workers didn’t expect to be working in a bank any more than white-collar bankers expected to be holding meetings in a crowded public market.