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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.

 

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.

 

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.