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Reviewed By Sonal Shah | Summer 2014


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Blog Posts

All Government Posts
  • If the Hewlett Foundation’s Madison Initiative wants to strengthen American democracy, it needs to adopt a more multi-layered democratic theory.

    By Maribel Morey | 3
  • A look at how Hobby Lobby affects emerging corporate forms.

    By Robert T. Esposito & Shawn Pelsinger | 6
  • The newly passed Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act illustrates how organizations can find space to debate and successfully create cross-sector and bipartisan solutions.

    By Mark Edwards & Sarah Beaulieu | 2
  • A look at the strengths and weaknesses of the US Social Impact Bond field framework, and where we need to build capacity to establish SIBs as a viable financial tool.

    By Tracy Palandjian & Jane Hughes | 1
  • SSIR blogger Abigail Noble is head of Africa and Latin America for the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and a Global Leadership Fellow with the World Economic Forum. To bring impact investing into the mainstream, the World Economic Forum is using market-simulated games to advance the conversations.

    By Abigail Noble & Michael Drexler | 1
  • Allocating government funding where evidence shows it can have impact will yield results—but there are potential pitfalls.

    By Carla Javits
  • thrive_networks_john_anner_headshot Does the hype around “pay for performance” financing match the reality?

    By John Anner | 1
  • Recent experience with government-convened hackathons has generated insights into the methods and instruments used to design effective mass collaboration efforts.

    By Elizabeth Walker, Ryan Siegel, Todd Khozein, Nick Skytland, Ali Llewellyn, Thea Aldrich, & Michael Brennan
  • How a little-known tradition that helped rebuild Rwanda could help the rest of us.

    By Ann Lovell | 7
  • 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


All Government Podcasts
  • Ridwan Djamaluddin speaks on how Indonesia is using technology to deal with climate threats and implementing early warning systems to save lives.

    Featuring Ridwan Djamaluddin
  • Havard_professor_Todd_Rogers Organizations are finding that subtle changes in language make a difference in how people vote.

    Featuring Todd Rogers
  • Teachers play a key role in influencing the future not only of students, but of the country and world as a whole. What contributes to teacher effectiveness?

    Featuring a Global Education Conference panel | 1
  • Educators, administrators, academics, business people, and politicians talk about potential solutions, what’s working, and what isn’t.

    Featuring a Global Education Conference panel
  • Todd Park on the need for social innovation in health care. Park discusses how methods of efficiency developed in industries outside of health care need to be brought in to rework the health care industry.

    Featuring Todd Park | 1
  • Daniel Kreeger on social responsibility and federal responsibility with respect to climate change. Daniel Kreeger, Executive Director of the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), outlines the relatively new position of Climate Change Officer.

    Featuring Daniel Kreeger
  • In this panel discussion we hear from senior government energy and technology officials on what’s up and coming with respect to environmental responsibility.

    Featuring Dan Reicher, Arun Majumdar, and Aneesh Chopra
  • Former FDA Commissioner David Kessler on the need for socially responsible companies in the food industry. Former FDA Commissioner David Kessler discusses how we define the cultural norm for food consumption and what role our government should play in regulating food companies.

    Featuring David Kessler
  • CDC Deputy Director for Policy and Communication Donald Shriber discusses taking on global health CDC Deputy Director for Policy and Communication Donald Shriber speaks about how the agency coordinates and manages its efforts and resources to respond to emerging threats to global health.

    Featuring Donald Shriber
  • Joe Minarik, senior vice president of the Committee for Economic Development, on the U.S. budget deficit Joe Minarik, senior vice president of the Committee for Economic Development, talks about the macroeconomic perspective on the U.S. budget deficit and its impact on the US economy.

    Featuring Joe Minarik


All Government Webinars
  • Innovation is all the rage. In this complimentary webinar, academic scholars and nonprofit leaders Seelos, Mair, May, and Joseph will examine innovation as an organizational process, looking at the ingredients needed to make the process productive as well as the pathologies that…

    Christian Seelos, Johanna Mair, Maria May, & Jessica “Kippy” Joseph
  • Join us to explore how to address the next phase in the collective impact dialogue, complexity, and create an intentional process that allows for effective solutions. John Kania, coauthor of SSIR’s Embracing Emergence: How Collective Impact Addresses Complexity, will discuss this…

    John Kania, Blair Taylor, & Mark Cabaj
  • To become more effective, nonprofits and foundations are turning to various sources for advice. Some look to experts, others turn to crowdsourcing. Experts and crowds can produce valuable insights, but too often nonprofits and funders ignore the constituents who matter most, the…

    Fay Twersky, Phil Buchanan, & Valerie Threlfall
  • Social Impact Bonds increasingly are being adopted with the idea that one way to fund successful social service programs is to raise capital from private investors. Investors are repaid through the savings a government accrues if a preventative program, such as one…

    Tracy Palandjian & Sonal Shah