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Winter 2010

Volume 8, Number 1

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Features

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Design Thinking for Social Innovation

Designers have traditionally focused on enhancing the look and functionality of products. Recently, they have begun using design techniques to tackle more complex problems, such as finding ways to provide low-cost healthcare throughout the world.

By Tim Brown & Jocelyn Wyatt | 29
 

What's Next

Technology & Design

What’s Next: Keeping an Eye on Parks

ParkScan, an interactive Web tool, enages residents as park monitors.

By Suzie Boss
 
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Government

What’s Next: Fresh Faces at City Hall

To halt the greying of municipal government, the City Hall Fellows program offers recent college graduates a year-long stint working on everyday challenges such as transportation, public works, and housing.

By Suzie Boss
 

Environment

What’s Next: Out-Greening Your Neighbor

Nobody wants to be the biggest energy hog on the block.

By Suzie Boss
 
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Arts

What’s Next: A Kickstarter for Creative Types

Artists, musicians, writers, and other creative types are asking the public to underwrite their dreams via an online fundraising platform.

By Suzie
 

Field Report

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Technology & Design

Grassroots Concrete

Build Change is shaking up construction practices in earthquake-prone areas.

By Brandon Keim
 
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Socially Responsible Business

Second Chances and a Third Bottom Line

Recycla Chile, Latin America’s first e-waste recycling company, reclaims value from discarded electronics and marginalized people.

By Tyche Hendricks
 
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Arts

A Spark for Good Art

During its first 10 years, Creative Capital has pumped $14 million into 324 projects from a range of artistic disciplines. But Creative Capital doesn’t just fund projects, it builds careers.

By Suzie Boss | 1
 
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Urban Development

Grow Your Own

Forget about luring big companies with tax incentives and subsidized space. Chris Gibbons focuses Littleton, Colorado's efforts on growing home-town businesses.

By Anne Stuhldreher
 

Case Study

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Education

Strength Through Flexibility

Over the past 17 years, the Forum for African Women Educationalists has delivered high-quality education to millions of girls across 35 African countries.

By Kim Jonker | 1
 

Viewpoint

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Environment

Sell the Wind

What are social marketers to do when their target audience couldn’t care less about the change they want to make? Here's how one group got everyday people to care about alternative energy.

By Cathy L. Hartman & Edwin R. Stafford
 
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Philanthropy

The Wrong Risks

By paying so much attention to managing their own risks, philanthropists are no longer attending to the marginalized people who risk so much to make change happen.

By Sheela Patel | 1
 
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Nonprofit Management

Outrun the Recession

The seven healthy habits of nonprofits most likely to survive the economic downturn.

By Alan Tuck, Don Howard & William Foster | 6
 
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Nonprofits

What Workforce Crisis?

How do nonprofits find and keep workers even in troubled economic times?

By Lester M. Salamon & Stephanie L. Geller
 

Research

Nonprofits

Research: Strong Women, Strong Sector

The more empowered a country's women, the more vibrant its nonprofit sector.

By Alana Conner
 
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Individual Giving

Research: Tiny Cues Trigger Altruism

A mere hint of affiliation is sufficient to increase helping.

By Alana Conner
 

Books

HALF THE SKY:
Turning Oppression
into Opportunity for
Women Worldwide
Sheryl WuDunn &
Nicholas D. Kristof

Human Rights

Women Hold Both Sky and Solutions

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Sheryl WuDunn and Nicholas Kristof

Reviewed By Kavita Nandini Ramdas | 3
 
THE SILENT
LANGUAGE
Edward T. Hall

“Are You Talking to ME?”

The Silent Language by Edward T. Hall

Reviewed By Mal Warwick
 
WHOLE EARTH
DISCIPLINE:
An Ecopragmatist
Manifesto
Stewart Brand

Environment

An Environmental Provocateur

Whole Earth Discipline: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto by Stewart Brand

Reviewed By Denis Hayes
 
THE DESIGN
OF BUSINESS:
Why Design
Thinking Is the
Next Competitive
Advantage
Roger L. Martin

Business

How Scale and Innovation Can Coexist

The Design of Business: Why Design Thinking Is the Next Competitive Advantage by Roger L. Martin

Reviewed By Debra Dunn | 2
 

Q&A

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Foundations

Q&A: Jeff Raikes

Jeff Raikes takes over the Gates Foundation at a turbulent time when philanthropic resources are down and social needs are up.

By Eric Nee | 4
 

Other

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An Ounce of Advocacy

When disaster strikes, governments often rely on nonprofits and businesses to help with relief efforts. But making up for the public sector's shortcomings is neither an appropriate nor effective use of the private sector's strengths.

By Alyssa Battistoni
 
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Endowment for a Rainy Day

To prepare for future financial downturns, nonprofits should treat endowments as rainy day funds, not cut programs to preserve the endowment.

By Burton A. Weisbrod & Evelyn D. Asch | 5
 
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Last Look: Dive Right In

Photographer Toni Greaves recently traveled to the Czech Republic to document the work of organizations such as Sports Without Barriers, which equips disabled children to participate in sports.

By Jenna Nicholas
 

Research: Shareholders Nudge Companies

What happens when large companies receive resolutions from their shareholders pressing them to take better care of the environment?

By Alana Conner
 

Research: Urban Emissionscapes

The mystery is over: A 10-city comparison of greenhouse gas emissions per capita pinpoints the sources of those emissions.

By Alana Conner
 
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Research: Start Them Younger

Children between the ages of 8 and 12 are an energetic, useful, yet largely overlooked pool of volunteer labor.

By Alana Conner
 

Economic Development

Research: The Business of Bribery

A new study from Indonesia shows that extortionists respond to market forces in much the same way as do lawful businesspeople.

By Alana Conner
 
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Helping the Poor Save More

To enrich the bottom of the pyramid, bankers to the poor should make saving money easier by using the latest findings from economics and psychology.

By Dean Karlan