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Global Issues

Innovations that address global challenges such as education, environment, and health


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.


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.


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.


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?


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.


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.


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.


Don't Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change

By George Marshall | Reviewed By Andrew J. Hoffman

People tend to avoid reckoning with climate science—for reasons that have little to do with science.


Think Big, Start Small, Move Fast: A Blueprint for Transformation from the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation

By Nicholas LaRusso, Barbara Spurrier, & Gianco Farrugia | Reviewed By Gabriella Rosen Kellerman

The Mayo Clinic achieves patient care improvements through innovation that is incremental rather than disruptive.


The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism

By Jeremy Rifkin | Reviewed By Timothy Ogden

A "big think" look at the future of capitalism fails to reckon with the factors that make capitalism so resilient.