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Excerpts and reviews of top books on social innovation

 
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Urban Development

If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities

By Benjamin R. Barber | Reviewed By Milton Friesen

Urban leaders offer a model for tackling big global problems that nation-states are failing to address.

 
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Environment

Breaking New Ground: A Personal History

By Lester R. Brown | Reviewed By Teresa Odendahl

The founder of the Worldwatch Institute and the Earth Policy Institute pursues an unfinished agenda.

 
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Socially Responsible Business

The Business Solution to Poverty: Designing Products and Services for Three Billion New Customers

By Paul Polak & Mal Warwick | Reviewed By Tina Sciabica

There's money to be made by selling "ruthlessly affordable" products to the world's 2.7 billion poorest people.

 
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Urban Development

A Country of Cities

By Vishaan Chakrabarti | Reviewed By Carol Coletta

Investment in "hyperdense" cities is, according to one writer, the key to solving many problems that afflict US society.

 
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Clash!

By Hazel Rose Markus and Alana Conner | Reviewed By Joan Miller

To address social conflicts, we must learn to balance "independent" and "interdependent" selves, two cultural psychologists argue.

 
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Rewire

By Ethan Zuckerman | Reviewed By Lucy Bernholz

Internet technology can help us to connect, globally and otherwise, but only if we structure it well.

 
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However Long the Night: Molly Melching's Journey to Help Millions of African Women and Girls Triumph

By Aimee Molloy | Reviewed By Rajasvini Bhansali

The saga of Molly Melching and Tostan, her Africa-based organization, illustrates the power of community-led change.

 

Technology & Design

The Nature of the Future: Dispatches From the Socialstructed World

By Marina Gorbis | Reviewed By Lucy Bernholz

In the world that's now emerging, pre-modern practices that emphasize personal relationships are returning to prominence.

 

Philanthropy

Why Philanthropy Matters: How the Wealthy Give, and What It Will Mean for Our Economic Well-Being

By Zoltan J. Acs | Reviewed By Robin Rogers

The disruptive force of the "new philanthropy" holds the promise of helping to reduce inequality. But will it actually do so?

 

Environment

Nature’s Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive by Investing in Nature

By Mark R. Tercek & Jonathan S. Adams | Reviewed By Robert Jaquay

Environmental conservation and business investment are not mutually exclusive, argues the CEO of the Nature Conservancy.