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Technology isn’t working

Technology isn’t working | Advancements in Social Good + Problems to Solve | Scoop.it

The digital revolution has yet to fulfill its promise of higher productivity and better jobs. 

 

This report from The Economist states that new technology haven't boosted productivity (apart from a brief period between 1996 and 2004). This is known as the Solow paradox.


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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, October 25, 2014 9:00 PM

Until governments solve that problem, the productivity effects of this technological revolution will remain disappointing. The impact on workers, by contrast, is already blindingly clear.


Gary Bamford's curator insight, October 27, 2014 2:48 AM

Are we hitting the limits?

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Let's put the things that matter first

Let's put the things that matter first | Advancements in Social Good + Problems to Solve | Scoop.it
Action for Happiness is a movement for positive social change. We want a society that prioritises the things that really matter. Join us and help spread happiness - at home, at work or in your community
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Saving Horatio Alger: Equality, Opportunity, and the American Dream

Saving Horatio Alger: Equality, Opportunity, and the American Dream | Advancements in Social Good + Problems to Solve | Scoop.it
In the latest Brookings Essay, Richard Reeves presents an in-depth examination on social mobility and equality in America, and what we can do to save the American Dream.
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The problems

Wealth inequality (inherited wealth, for instance)

Class gaps (in terms of parenting, for one thing)

 

Interesting quote:

AFTER DECADES OF RHETORIC AND REFORM, THE AMERICAN EDUCATION SYSTEM IS FAILING AS AN ENGINE OF SOCIAL MOBILITY.

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In, but not Of, the Market: The Special Challenge of Nonprofit-ness

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How nonprofit management is different from business management. 

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Profitable Development Solutions: How the Private Sector Can Contribute to the Post-2015 Agenda

Profitable Development Solutions: How the Private Sector Can Contribute to the Post-2015 Agenda | Advancements in Social Good + Problems to Solve | Scoop.it
Following the August 2013 Brookings Blum Roundtable on the Global Economy, this report highlights the most prominent themes discussed and debated among participants, including the development impact of the private sector; investments in individual enterprises serving low-income customers; and the U.S. government's development goals.
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Reports:

(1) Reimagining the Role of the Private Sector in Global Development

(2) Goods, Services and Jobs for the Poor: Creating the Conditions for Private Investment

(3) Advancing US Leadership in Development

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The Shift to Social Innovation: 3 Key Trends : Center for Social Innovation (CSI)

The Shift to Social Innovation: 3 Key Trends : Center for Social Innovation (CSI) | Advancements in Social Good + Problems to Solve | Scoop.it
After almost ten years at Stanford’s Center for Social Innovation, I am moving on to serve as the Chief Executive Officer of Tides, a robust platform to drive social change and innovation through grantmaking, social venture management services, advisory services, shared collaborative space, and advocacy.
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OPPORTUNITY: We Need to Better Understand the Mechanisms That Make Cross-Sector Collaboration Work

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Coaching instead of Training? - hrchitects.net

Coaching instead of Training? - hrchitects.net | Advancements in Social Good + Problems to Solve | Scoop.it
Coaching is the way forward if we want to personalise learning processes and make them more efficient.
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Future of education: coaching. This article explains why.

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4 Ways Cities Should Be Adapting to Change

4 Ways Cities Should Be Adapting to Change | Advancements in Social Good + Problems to Solve | Scoop.it
Living Cities found that municipal fiscal strain, inadequate infrastructure, poor educational outcomes, a skills/job mismatch and a struggling housing market, will be defining urban issues for years to come.
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City administrators and mayors may be interested in the report referenced here.

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Value creation, a sustainable firm or venture philanthropy? - FT.com

Value creation, a sustainable firm or venture philanthropy? - FT.com | Advancements in Social Good + Problems to Solve | Scoop.it
What is social entrepreneurship? The past decade has seen a growing interest in the subject and MBA programmes that include an element of social ntrepreneurship are on the rise. But what exactly constitutes a social entrepreneur?
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What constitutes a social entrepreneur? Eight definitions from the experts.

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Can you spare a text?

Can you spare a text? | Advancements in Social Good + Problems to Solve | Scoop.it
Unfriend me A MAN dressed as a Pokemon shakes a bucket of change by the Highbury & Islington Underground station in London. Commuters ignore him—as they do...
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Digital engagement offers the potential for an ongoing, open, flexible relationship between the giver and the cause (org), with lots of room for positive reinforcement along the way.
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Social Entrepreneurship: A Fundamental Game Changer - Forbes

Social Entrepreneurship: A Fundamental Game Changer - Forbes | Advancements in Social Good + Problems to Solve | Scoop.it
Editor’s note: Dr. Ruth Shapiro is the Social Entrepreneur in Residence at the Commonwealth Club and Principal of Keyi Strategies. Ms.
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One of the best aspects (in my opinion) of the social entrepreneurial movement: approaching social change with business rigor and analytical tools. Need more of this!!

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Bringing Every Good Thing to Our Daughters

Bringing Every Good Thing to Our Daughters | Advancements in Social Good + Problems to Solve | Scoop.it
We all want to bring every good thing to our children. My daughter and her friends want to have the power to choose a rewarding future for themselves. Girls in countries like Niger want the same thing.
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Dan Pallotta: The way we think about charity is dead wrong | Video on TED.com

Activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta calls out the double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities. Too many nonprofits, he says, are rewarded for how little they spend -- not for what they get done.
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Jill Melnicki's comment, March 20, 2013 10:42 AM
Discriminatory nonprofit 'rules' are stifling nonprofit success and include: you can't spent money for talent or advertising; you're not encouraged to take risks or take the time to grow; and there's no stock market for funding.
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Ten Nonprofit Funding Models (SSIR)

Ten Nonprofit Funding Models (SSIR) | Advancements in Social Good + Problems to Solve | Scoop.it
For-profit executives use business models—such as "low-cost provider" or "the razor and the razor blade"—as a shorthand way to describe the way companies are built and sustained. Nonprofit executives are not as explicit about their funding models and have not had an equivalent lexicon—until now.
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Terrific, comprehensive list. Especially like the policy innovator model.

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The Changing Nature of Government Innovation | The Challenge Cup

The Changing Nature of Government Innovation | The Challenge Cup | Advancements in Social Good + Problems to Solve | Scoop.it
Government can sometimes get a bad rap. Ask the average person to describe government and chances are you’ll hear “inefficient”…
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Front End of Innovation Blog: Celebrating Women in Innovation: 40 for 2014

Front End of Innovation Blog: Celebrating Women in Innovation: 40 for 2014 | Advancements in Social Good + Problems to Solve | Scoop.it
The Front End of Innovation blog covers everything related to the Front End of Innovation, innovators and individuals who are constantly seeking to innovate across industries and subject matters.
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The Re-Emerging Art of Funding Innovation (SSIR)

The Re-Emerging Art of Funding Innovation (SSIR) | Advancements in Social Good + Problems to Solve | Scoop.it
A growing number of foundations are reintroducing risk-taking into their processes and portfolios as one way to create breakthrough change.
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Includes 8 simple ways that funders can begin to embed innovation principles in their work.

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Understanding the Digital Divide through Systems Theory - Part I • Social Justice Solutions

Understanding the Digital Divide through Systems Theory - Part I • Social Justice Solutions | Advancements in Social Good + Problems to Solve | Scoop.it
How do we define the digital divide with marginalized or vulnerable populations? Bronfenbrenner’s (1979) systems theory can elaborate on the interplay a digital divide has on individuals and systems as they interact. I believe digital divide is a term needing more definition. Systems theory can illuminate issues the digital divide... Read More →
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Geek Cities: How Smarter Use of Data and Evidence Can Improve Lives

Geek Cities: How Smarter Use of Data and Evidence Can Improve Lives | Advancements in Social Good + Problems to Solve | Scoop.it
A growing number of American cities are using data and evidence of what works to improve service delivery and residents’ quality of life.
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Geek cities...

- Measure what matters

- Build the evidence base

- Invest in what works

- Budget for what works

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» Calendar of 2013 nonprofit & social change conferences

» Calendar of 2013 nonprofit & social change conferences | Advancements in Social Good + Problems to Solve | Scoop.it
Social media consulting for nonprofits
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Better late than never! Here's an excellent resource for social good events from Jan-Dec 2013.

 

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Mid-Sized Businesses and Social Innovation: A Revealing View (SSIR)

Mid-Sized Businesses and Social Innovation: A Revealing View (SSIR) | Advancements in Social Good + Problems to Solve | Scoop.it
Highlights from a new report on trends, challenges, and opportunities facing mid-sized companies engaged in social good.
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Report: mid-sized companies prefer to impact local communities through education, environment, youth, and economic development initiatives.

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Can Technology End Poverty?

Can Technology End Poverty? | Advancements in Social Good + Problems to Solve | Scoop.it
Only if it is relevant and suitable to the lives of the poor.
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I love this: We need to learn to hang onto the positive energy of the tech-innovation movement...even when the complexities don't exactly liven up our cocktail party chatter (or, for that matter, galvanize investors).

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Movie Theater Simulates What It’s Like to Be Homeless in Winter

Movie Theater Simulates What It’s Like to Be Homeless in Winter | Advancements in Social Good + Problems to Solve | Scoop.it
Relating to the struggles of the homeless is no easy task. Fiftyfifty is a Germany-based publication that is focused on doing exactly that. In a recent awareness tactic called F...
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awesome guerrilla social advertising

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ASHOKA NOW: Ashoka to Launch “Nutrients for All” movement

ASHOKA NOW: Ashoka to Launch “Nutrients for All” movement | Advancements in Social Good + Problems to Solve | Scoop.it

Envision a world where people measure their health based on how fully nourished they are; where foods are valued based on the nutrients they deliver to the body; where food processors and commodity traders procure agricultural crops based on nutrient content, in addition to traditional factors like quantity and storage life; and where farmers and investors pay for land based on its capacity to generate nutrients in soils (and thus reap related benefits like carbon financing as well). 


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The Ashoka Community's curator insight, March 19, 2013 4:19 PM

Ashoka Fellows are uniquely positioned to implement system-changing, sustainable and scalable solutions. The Ashoka Community believes we should come together to work towards a Nutrients For All world where each person is nutrient replete and has the potential to further our Everyone a Changemaker vision.

Sonia's curator insight, April 1, 2013 3:13 PM

A great competition and concept about linking together nutrients to healthy communities.