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Global Issues
 

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

 

Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much

By Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir | Reviewed By Timothy Ogden

The new book Scarcity provides critical insights for designing better anti-poverty programs, but not for allocating scarce philanthropic resources.

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Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools

By Diane Ravitch | Reviewed By Mara Sapon-Shevin

The movement to reform public schools through competition and testing is a "hoax," according to a one-time promoter of the movement.

 
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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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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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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.

 

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.

 

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?