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Oct 11, 2013

In Case You Missed It: The Poor Man's Shutdown

This week we have thinking on poverty and the shutdown, the limits of markets and philanthropy, and how the scarcity of basic needs, such as money, food and time, literally makes your brain hurt.

Oct 23, 2013

In Case You Missed It: The Post-Shutdown Blues

In this week’s issue, there’s thinking on the nation’s job and austerity doldrums, the new impact-investing frontier, and how big money—including philanthropy—contributes to democratic turmoil.

Oct 28, 2013

In Case You Missed It: Our Underwater Jobs Economy

In this week’s issue, we have thinking from Alan Greenspan on why he missed the 2008 crisis and the “economic machine,” the confusion over corporate social responsibility, and how low wages and a shrinking job market harm the economy.

Nov 1, 2013

In Case You Missed It: This Just In, Jobs Still AWOL

In this issue, there is thinking on prison fees and poor folk; basic income benefits and the minimum wage; the “brave new world of good”; and the declining state of U.S. work.

Nov 3, 2013

In Case You Missed It: Down and Out in the U.S. Economy

In this issue, there's thinking on the value of central banks and microlending, democracy and wealth, and just who really is entitled--the rich or the poor.

Nov 9, 2013

Multimedia: Using Data to Inform Decisionmaking

Social sector guru David Henderson explains why organizations end up tracking the wrong data points, which then lead to wrong decisions.

Nov 10, 2013

In Case You Missed It: Living in the Poverty Age

In this issue, there’s thinking on the impact of poverty, low wages and no jobs; whether banking can be more like baking; and the rise of rental revenue financialization on foreclosed houses.

Nov 23, 2013

In Case You Missed It: You Deserve a Wage Today

In this issue, more discussion of the ills of long-term unemployment, low pay, and poverty; what Fed policy has to do with jobs and inequality; and some hopeful, if dated, thoughts from JFK.

Nov 27, 2013

Influencer Series: High-Impact Philanthropy

New Profit's Elizabeth Riker offers perspective on impact investing's evolution and the value in looking beyond an entity's tax status to determine its impact potential.

Dec 3, 2013

Multimedia: Enterprise-Level Intel for Social Change

Four enterprise-data experts discuss the possibilities opened up by applying for-profit strategies and tools to gather information in social change settings.