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Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Rejecting the instinct to do everything, Essentialism investigates the idea of doing "less, but better."


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  • Why fostering diversity among senior leadership at environmental organizations is important to the success of the environmental movement.

    By Danielle Deane & Melissa Bradley
  • The role of emerging technologies in traditionally “high-touch” development organizations—insights from BRAC’s recent Frugal Innovation Forum.

    By Maria A. May
  • Planners must shift their attention to the informal economy that is the invisible engine of true urban greatness.

    By Oren Ahoobim, Laura Goldman, & Shanti Mahajan | 3
  • Personal development and global development are intrinsically linked, but our current service-learning model might need flipping on its head.

    By Claire Bennett & Daniela Papi | 3
  • Five characteristics of civic culture that collective impact efforts must address.

    By Rich Harwood | 5
  • A new catalog of metrics can help investors and organizations demonstrate that positive financial returns and social returns can be twinned.

    By Christina Synowiec & Ellen Carey
  • Earlier this month, a group backed by companies including Airbnb and Taskrabbit began urging users to petition for changes in regulation—will politicians uphold the rules or loosen them? Or is there is a third option?

    By Wingham Rowan
  • Seventeen corporate and global education leaders gathered at the World Economic Forum 2014 in Davos, Switzerland, to discuss how they are rethinking the role of business in global education.

    By Mark Kramer & Kate Tallant | 20
  • Meeting the energy demands of modern society without destroying the planet will require a new approach to climate and energy issues.

    By Rachel Pritzker | 3
  • Rufo_Quintavalle_Agro-Ecological_Investment_Management_SSIR_headshot A focus on innovation can be an impediment to genuine progress in the food system.

    By Rufo Quintavalle | 15


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  • By applying big data to their research, organizations can better inform their decision-making, understand the fields in which they work, and achieve the greatest impact. Join Jon Sotsky of the Knight Foundation, Sean Gourley of Quid (Knight Foundation’s data analytics firm), and…

    Jon Sotsky, Sean Gourley, & Jeffrey Bladt
  • Though it may seem counterintuitive for a sector already struggling to support, sustain, and scale up its impact—panelists Shore, Hammond, and Celep argue that nonprofits need to embrace a much heavier lift. They must look beyond short-term achievements that please funders, staff,…

    Bill Shore, Darell Hammond, & Amy Celep
  • Thanks to rapid advances in computer and communication technologies, it is possible for stakeholders in the nonprofit sector to disclose more, to know more, and to demand more through increased transparency and collaboration. In October, a group of the largest US foundations…

    Lucy Bernholz, Darin McKeever, Jake Porway, & June Wang
  • New digital media platforms and social networks have radically democratized the ways people produce, share and consume information, yet our understanding of what it means to be a leader in this new, networked society has not kept pace. Join leaders from the…

    Ben Hecht, Claire Diaz Ortiz, & Steve Downs
  • A look at the complex landscape of green tech investment, application, and implementation.

    Clayton M. Christensen and L. Hunter Lovins
  • How to harness the incredible power of social media to make a difference.

    Jennifer Aaker
  • The importance of innovation in the social sector and shares the process and tools of design thinking.

  • Ways for organizations to get started working wikily.

    the Monitor Institute