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Book Excerpts


Book Reviews


Excerpts and reviews of top books on social innovation


Technology & Design

The Future of Violence: Robots and Germs, Hackers and Drones—Confronting a New Age of Threat

By Benjamin Wittes & Gabriella Blum | Reviewed By Marina Gorbis

The spread of technology-based platforms brings greater connectivity—but also greater vulnerability.



The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism is Changing Ideas About Living Ethically

By Peter Singer | Reviewed By Barbara H. Fried

A defense of Effective Altruism raises the question of just how effective that movement can be.


Economic Development

Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis

By Robert D. Putnam | Reviewed By Bill Shore

The conditions faced by young people in the United States highlight the impact of growing inequality.


Technology & Design

Digital Humanitarians: How "Big Data" is Changing the Face of Humanitarian Response

By Patrick Meier | Reviewed By Lucy Bernholz

A new, data-driven mode of confronting humanitarian disaster requires an appropriate policy framework.


Civil Society

The Age of Diginity: Preparing for the Elder Bloom in a Changing America

By Ai-jen Poo with Ariane Conrad | Reviewed By Meika Loe

Can the emergence of a “Caring Majority” help meet the needs of an aging US population?