And which are we prioritizing? It’s time for an information hierarchy of needs.
Open CoLabMaslow’s hierarchy of information needs, and why today’s journalism is feeding us an unbalanced diet: too much investigation and political analysis, but not enough help navigating everyday life for most readers.
Sexual harassment. Hate speech. Employee walkouts. The Silicon Valley giant is trapped in a war against itself. And there’s no end in sight.
Open CoLabThe implicit deal used to be “keep your disagreements within the family”, but inside/outside activists have started collaborating to pressure Google on immigration, defense contracts, etc. Being accountable only to people you can fire isn't enough.
Foundations are coming together more often to pool funds in a drive for greater impact. But guest contributor Hilary Pennington—Ford’s executive vice president—says there are legitimate concerns about this model and it needs to be improved.
Open CoLabDonor collaboratives work better for donors than for grantees. How to change that: multi-year operating support; an ecosystem approach; and a clear investment thesis, goals, and shared expectations. (Sounds like good general grantmaking advice.)
Facebook says its Libra payment platform is a social impact project that promises benefits to the poor and unbanked. Others say it’s an…
Open CoLabFacebook’s "Libra" currency raised a lot of eyebrows, especially for @mercycorps' involvement. Global digital money transfers have potential in humanitarian contexts, but @draganakaurin calls that a fig leaf for a corporate-controlled currency.
The solution is making design a more transparent process. The problem, well…
Open CoLabHow to create an open organizational culture:
- start with small examples
- show, don’t tell
- find allies and partners wherever you can
- be patient with the process.
(focused on design, but applicable beyond)
Planned Parenthood has partnered with the entertainment industry to combat misrepresentations of women’s reproductive health.
Open CoLabPlanned Parenthood has been working to improve the way sexual and reproductive health are portrayed on screen, drawing on lessons from the LGBTQ movement. (from @JonitaLDavis in @yesmagazine)
Anyone who wants to deal with climate change may have only a brief window to sell the public on a plan.
Open CoLabInteresting argument from @pomeranian99 in @WIRED - When people reach “peak indifference” on climate change, we have a chance to spur action—but maybe only a narrow window to convince them it’s solvable, before they slip into thinking it’s too late.
Occupy Wall Street was seen as a failure when it ended in 2011. But it’s helped transform the American left.
Open CoLabOccupy is known for shifting the discourse on inequality, but this piece (by @EmilyStewartM) does something I haven't seen before: show how the people who were involved went on to start or influence today's major progressive movements, like Sunrise & WFP.
The demonstrations have their own local characteristics, but there are several parallels.
Open CoLabSudan and Algeria had echoes of 2011 last month. Here’s what protesters there learned from their Arab Spring predecessors: build broader appeal, stay united, get digitally savvy, and don’t trust the army. (from @ikushkush)
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Open CoLab“Frenemies”: like-minded orgs that collaborate for change, but compete for dollars.
@NonprofitAF has 20 ways to avoid getting into the Hunger Games with your frenemies, from highlighting their work to sharing RFPs and grant opportunities.
Editor’s note: Between now and the end of May 2019, as Ruth Levine wraps up her eight-year term as Director of the Global Development and Population Program, we’ll publish six reflections. This first is on what she’s learned about the importance of...
Editor’s note: This is the third of six reflections by Ruth Levine, Director of the Global Development and Population Program, before her eight-year term ends. The first post was “Closing the Gap Between Social Movements and Policy Change.” The...