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Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change From the Cult of Technology

Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change From the Cult of Technology

June 29, 2015
Kentaro Toyama (New York, New York: PublicAffairs, 2015)

If you're looking for an anti-technology manifesto, look elsewhere, says our reviewer, Kyoko Uchida; Geek Heresy presents a nuanced argument for a human-centric approach to development work that leverages, rather than relies on, technology to create social change....

Curtains? The Future of the Arts in America

Curtains? The Future of the Arts in America

May 28, 2015
Michael M. Kaiser (Waltham, Massachusetts: Brandeis University Press, 2015)

Foundation Center's Daniel X. Matz reviews Michael M. Kaiser's latest take on the state of the arts in the United States....

A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity

A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity

February 10, 2015
Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn (New York, New York: Knopf, 2014)

PND's Kyoko Uchida reviews Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's book about how everyone has the means to give, and to give meaningfully....

The Teacher Wars: A History of America's Most Embattled Profession

The Teacher Wars: A History of America's Most Embattled Profession

January 22, 2015
Dana Goldstein (New York, New York: Doubleday, 2014)

The Foundation Center's Chuck Bartelt, a former New York City public school teacher, reviews Dana Goldstein's book about the much-maligned profession of teaching and its potential alongside that of the American system of public education....

The Cycle: A Practical Approach to Managing Arts Organizations

The Cycle: A Practical Approach to Managing Arts Organizations

October 30, 2013
Brett E. Egan, Michael M. Kaiser (Waltham, Massachusetts: Brandeis University Press, 2013)

In The Cycle, Michael Kaiser draws on his extensive experience to illustrate how "good art, well marketed" attracts loyal audiences, volunteers, board members, and donors whose support can be reinvested in developing even bolder, more exciting programming, eventually creating a positive feedback loop with a circular momentum of its own...

Cause for Change: The Why and How of Nonprofit Millennial Engagement

Cause for Change: The Why and How of Nonprofit Millennial Engagement

September 21, 2013
Derrick Feldmann, Kari Dunn Saratovsky (San Francisco, California: Jossey-Bass, 2013)

PND's Kyoko Uchida reviews the new book by Saratovsky, the former vice president of social innovation at the Case Foundation, and Feldmann, the CEO of Achieve, that provides a long-term model nonprofits can use to connect with the millennial generation....

The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster

The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster

June 17, 2013
Jonathan M. Katz (New York, New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2013)

The account by Katz — the only American full-time news correspondent stationed in Haiti at the time — of the humanitarian response to the massive earthquake that struck in 2010 explains what went wrong in the aid response and why, and highlights what the international community needs to learn from this disaster....

Why Philanthropy Matters: How the Wealthy Give, and What It Means for Our Economic Well-Being

Why Philanthropy Matters: How the Wealthy Give, and What It Means for Our Economic Well-Being

May 16, 2013
Zoltan J. Acs (Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2013)

PND's Kyoko Uchida reviews a book by the director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Public Policy at George Mason University which defines a uniquely American cycle of dynamic entrepreneurialism and philanthropy, and calls for a return to the values of giving back, particularly among the "new rich"....