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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?


Economic Development

Thinking Small: The United States and the Lure of Community Development

By Daniel Immerwahr | Reviewed By Michael Weinstein

For policy makers today, earlier efforts to promote local community organizing yield relatively few lessons.


Economic Development

Only One Thing Can Save Us: Why America Needs a New Kind of Labor Movement

By Thomas Geoghegan | Reviewed By Thomas A. Kochan

New ideas on how to empower US workers involve breaking free of current labor law.



A World of Giving: Carnegie Corporation of New York - A Century of International Philanthropy

By Patricia L. Rosenfield | Reviewed By Peter Frumkin

Can the history of a century-old foundation amount to more than the sum of its grants?


Technology & Design

The Creativity Crisis: Reinventing Science to Unleash Possibility

By Roberta B. Ness | Reviewed By Maryann Feldman

A survey of obstacles to innovation focuses erroneously on the supposed caution of university-based scientists.



Valuing Life: Humanizing the Regulatory State

By Cass R. Sunstein | Reviewed By Peter A. Ubel

A leading public intellectual, fresh from government service, explores the complexities of cost-benefit analysis.