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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 10, 2013

Multimedia: The Power of Small Data

Liz Luckett, the Pershing Square Foundation‘s director of impact investing, explains what small data is, and when and why it can be so powerful.

Oct 4, 2013

In Case You Missed It: Un-Occupy Wall Street

In this issue, discussion on whether the best and brightest are shunning Wall Street, more government austerity, and how to think about “good jobs.”

Sep 21, 2013

In Case You Missed It: 'The Totally Unfair and Bitterly Uneven' Recovery

Your editor’s fantasy of the week is that someday so many people will be economically prosperous, and markets and governments so functional, that philanthropists will have to occupy their time bringing joy to the chronically ill and funding the arts because otherwise there will be nothing to do. It’s a good dream but there’s much to work still to be done….

Sep 13, 2013

In Case You Missed It: Rising Tides Lift Whom?

In this week's must reads we have a speech from Labor Secretary Thomas Perez to the AFL-CIO, in which he says, "emerging from the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes is an all hands on deck situation." We also have this piece from economists Michael Goldberg and Roman Frydman on whether current economic theory is up to the challenge of addressing today's market issues. And finally we have an article from Heron's president, Clara Miller, who in Nonprofit Quarterly discusses how a "lack of capital can sink an enterprise just as it seems to be taking off, even when revenue is pouring in the door."

Sep 13, 2013

Thinking On: The Impoverished & Isolated

Kate Starr, Heron’s head of capital deployment, shares lessons and thoughts on how the American experience of poverty has changed from the recent past, and reminds of the ancient past.

Sep 8, 2013

In Case You Missed It: The Post Labor Day Blues

For this week’s must reads, we start with a set of videos from Heron’s July data meeting on how to better measure social and financial performance of enterprises, regardless of tax status, in order to be a better investor.

Aug 17, 2013

In Case You Missed It: The 'Superstar Economy'

This week we look at the link between poverty and inequality, the role of wages and unemployment, and some thoughts on whether it's time to change the Rules.

Aug 10, 2013

In Case You Missed It: McWage Wars and Austerity

In this issue, the fight over fast food worker pay, views on wealth, poverty by congressional district, and the challenges of the “new philanthropy.”

Aug 2, 2013

In Case You Missed It: Locating the American Dream

In this issue, a discussion of poverty and hunger in America, rumblings on the minimum wage, whether capitalism is brutal and the "charitable industrial complex."