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Blog Posts

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  • Marcia_Stepanek_SSIR_headshot Social good technologists working on building a more responsive and effective government need to be more inclusive of the citizens they’re…

    By Marcia Stepanek | 1
  • Donors and nonprofits need to learn more about how to help program participants keep progressing after the support ends.

    By Jindra Cekan | 24
  • Three recommendations for bridging the chasm between the political elite and marginalized citizens in the Middle East.

    By Gilbert Doumit | 3
  • By mainstreaming efforts to empower women, companies can promote a variety of business goals.

    By Marissa Wesely | 8
  • A look at how Freedom to Marry used communications to make the “impossible” ... “inevitable”

    By Evan Wolfson & Kevin Nix | 1
  • Highlights from an inaugural study on the largest generation in human history.

    By Nicole Goldin
  • One of the major scourges on human development is desperately waiting for social entrepreneurship to tackle it, and the time is now.

    By Dieter Zinnbauer | 2
  • By demonstrating shared responsibility and accountability for outcomes that address injustice on a broad scale, justice institutions can help…

    By Ingo Keilitz & Harold Epineuse
  • A look at how the Center for American Progress is using innovative communications strategies to reach the broadest possible audience.

    By Daniella Gibbs Léger | 1
  • Our government should be invested with a pride of ownership. But first, we’ve got to recognize, appreciate, and take responsibility for…

    By Paul Vandeventer | 8


All Civil Society Podcasts
  • Havard_professor_Todd_Rogers Organizations are finding that subtle changes in language make a difference in how people vote.

    Featuring Todd Rogers
  • McAdam reviews two follow-up studies of youth activists, and assesses the experiences and their long-term effects on volunteers.

    Featuring Doug McAdam
  • CraigConnects founder Craig Newmark on aligning nonprofits to increase efficacy Craigslist founder Craig Newmark tells us about how he started CraigConnects, chose areas to support, and selected nonprofits to focus on.

    Featuring Craig Newmark
  • Asia's water systems are struggling in the face of climate change; a significant water availability gap seems imminent.

    Featuring Arjun Thapan
  • How the civil rights and education reform movements are similar.

    Featuring Mike Feinberg, Howard Fuller, Kati Haycock, Rebecca Nieves Huffman, & Remington Wiley
  • Education entrepreneurs share how innovative ideas, models, and policies may be focused and scaled so that more children can get the education they deserve.

    Featuring Susan Colby, Eva Moskowitz, Larry Berger, Alexandra (Alex) Bernadotte, & Jon Schnur
  • Experts from medical and public health fields offer opinions on the Affordable Health Care Act.

    Featuring Alain Enthoven, Alan Garber, Daniel Kessler, & Philip A. Pizzo
  • Dan Burden has studied and defined what makes for a pedestrian-friendly community. Even more important, he knows why such places are so…