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Excerpts and reviews of top books on social innovation

 
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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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Civil Society

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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Technology & Design

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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Human Rights

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.

 

Urban Development

The Great Inversion and the Future of the American City

By Alan Ehrenhalt | Reviewed By Robert J. Sampson

The vast majority of neighborhoods in American cities do not "trade places." Instead, concentrated poverty and its opposite, concentrated affluence, are surprisingly persistent.

 

Social Entrepreneurship

Bright Lights, No City

By Max Alexander | Reviewed By Sam Goldman

The author provides a rollicking and detailed recounting of what it takes to build a social business in Africa.

 

Technology & Design

Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age

By Steve Berlin Johnson | Reviewed By Lucy Bernholz

Networks, equal access, and read-write products are no longer just core design elements of the Internet; we are making them real.