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Excerpts and reviews of top books on social innovation


Human Rights

The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence

By Gary A. Haugen & Victor Boutros | Reviewed By Connie Rice

Lawless violence in the developing world is a plague that undermines efforts to end extreme poverty.



Water 4.0: The Past, Present, and Future of the World's Most Vital Resource

By David L. Sedlak | Reviewed By Eric Stowe

Meeting the world's growing demand for water will require advances in technology that build on 3,000 years of progress.


Civil Society

Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread—The Lessons From a New Science

By Alex Pentland | Reviewed By Amir Goldberg

An emerging "data-driven" science of human behavior promises to help us understand and solve social problems.


Nonprofit Management

Scaling Up Excellence: Getting to More Without Settling for Less

By Robert I. Sutton & Huggy Rao | Reviewed By Sam Goldman

The art of expanding an organization is less about aiming high than about "grinding it out."