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6. Autumn 2010: Engaging in Public Policy Welcome to the sixth issue of Knowledge Connect. This issue considers the causes of major public policy failings in both the short and long term. With the failure of the UN Copenhagen Conference on climate change to the failings of humanitarian relief there is now a renewed call for policymakers to re-orient their response. New Yorker writer George Packer pleads for longer-term recovery rather than band-aid solutions for … Continue reading
by Michael G. Jacobides, Harvard Business Review; January- February 2010. Engaging, or perhaps re-engaging, employees in strategy discussions is the focus of a recent piece in the Harvard Business Review. If you’ve ever sat through a tiresome PowerPoint loaded with graphs and spreadsheets meant to simulate strategic direction, you may identify with its main point: the way we discuss strategy needs to change. The author asserts that we live in an environment of incessant change. … Continue reading
by Alyssa Battistoni, The Stanford Social Innovation Review; Winter 2010. Though it is painful to read an ‘I told you so’ article published in the face of mass suffering, Battistoni’s piece was prepared in advance of the recent earthquake. Her article, in fact, presages many harsh truths rediscovered amidst early recovery efforts in Haiti. Namely, had there been more effort put into disaster preparedness, building code enforcement, or warning systems, the extent of the devastation … Continue reading
by Nuno S. Themudo, The Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 39; 2009. Is there a relationship between women’s empowerment and the efficacy of social impact work? This trailblazing article by Nuno Themudo says yes. His research shows that the more empowered a country’s women are, the more vibrant its nonprofit sector is. Themudo compares data from forty countries to study the relationship between women’s empowerment, voluntary action, and the social impact sector. The data presents … Continue reading
by George Packer, The New Yorker; January 25, 2010. When news of the earthquake that killed more than 200,000 Haitians hit the wires in mid January, humanitarian experts knew the final devastation toll would be grim. The extent of the damage of a natural disaster is always compounded by the weakness of existing infrastructure – both physical and political. For years international development observers have reported that Haitians are the poorest people of the Western … Continue reading