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Dignity Is the Bedrock for Workplace Belonging

By Aida Mariam Davis Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) has become the mainstream approach for how companies attempt to create more inclusive workplaces. Well-meaning employers and employees alike have flocked to the approach as a solution to inequality and other forms of discrimination, through implicit bias trainings, diversity audits, and metrics of representation. However, DEI has been woefully insufficient in addressing the...

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Twin Engines for Propelling Social Impact

By Ann Mei Chang & Laura Lanzerotti In the 12 years since its founding, OneGoal had grown to engage almost 12,500 high school students a year in six metropolitan areas and had become widely recognized for its success in helping lower-income students—mainly young people of color—enroll and persist in postsecondary education. Yet OneGoal was hitting the limits of its relatively costly model, which required large and continuing...

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SSIR’s 2021 Guide to Climate Change Solutions

By SSIR Editors In the midst of a pandemic that has claimed more than 3 million lives, the climate change crisis continues to challenge the world. Though emissions initially fell in 2020, the overall concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere kept going up, ice is melting faster in the Arctic, and 2021 is shaping up to be one of the six warmest years. Everything from power grids to people's health has suffered as a result. People's...

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Reconceptualizing the Social Economy

By Gorgi Krlev, Giulio Pasi, Dominika Wruk & Marika Bernhard In Europe, the social economy has traditionally been seen as a way to address market failures, such as the financial exclusion of people living in poverty, or failures of the state, for example finding adequate responses to homelessness. In practice this meant creating welfare organizations, cooperative enterprises, mutual aid societies, civic associations, and the like....

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The Complicity of Corporate Sustainability

By Auden Schendler In the early ’90s I worked on corporate sustainability with a group of young, smart, optimistic colleagues, paid virtually nothing, working out of an office closet next to the bathroom at Rocky Mountain Institute, a sustainability think tank. Beneath towering stacks of energy reports and to-be-read copies of The New York Times, we drafted brochures and consulting papers arguing that corporations were the only...

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How COVID-19 Is Shifting the North-South Philanthropic Power Dynamic

By Clare Woodcraft & Kamal A. Munir Sociologist Erving Goffman suggested that the best time to understand social interaction is when it’s disrupted. This may also be true of philanthropy, and the field is certainly experiencing disruption today. The prolonged and increasingly devastating nature of the COVID-19 pandemic means that large foundations in the Global North—even those that didn’t originally focus on health...

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There’s No Formula for Taking Sensitive Trainings Remote

By Alexa Hassink & Joe Dougherty “I thought it was just going to be so boring,” said one young man as he contemplated joining a Manhood 2.0 program in Pittsburgh. But after six weeks of in-person group sessions, he had changed his mind: “I guess I should say like that taught me how to be more mature and we talked about females a lot in there like how to treat them and stuff. And that taught me like a lot.” He’s not...

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Strengthen Media Literacy to Win the Fight Against Misinformation

By Kristin M. Lord & Katya Vogt The deliberate or unintentional spread of misinformation, despite capturing widespread public attention, remains as rampant as ever, showing up recently in the form of false claims about COVID-19 vaccines, the Capitol riot, and many other topics.  This “infodemic” is polarizing politics, endangering communities, weakening institutions, and leaving people unsure what to believe or whom to...