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Beginning in November 2017, some residents in Seoul have moved into a zero energy residential complex called “EZ HOUSE.” Built in Nowon District, this is the first zero energy building (ZEB) residential complex in South Korea that is at the scale of a small village. Tackling energy consumption in buildings will create significant long-term benefits such as lower environmental impacts,... Read More

Author: Magdalena Seol
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In this interview with Robert Kirkpatrick, director of UN Global Pulse, he discusses the role of big data in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and outlines three areas of impact. Global Pulse is an initiative of the United Nations that works to harness data science for sustainable development and humanitarian action.

Author: Magdalena Seol
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Governments are calling for innovation and data-driven development policy at diplomatic tables. In September 2015, 193 UN member governments adopted the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, in which are the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will guide the global development pathway for the next 15 years. High representatives from governments will meet at the UN Headquarters... Read More

Author: Magdalena Seol
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In 2007, Costa Rica President Oscar Arias declared “peace with nature” and laid out a visionary goal to expand and secure Costa Rica’s national parks, wildlife preserves, and protected seascapes. Many thought the ambitious plan had little chance of success. After three years, the Costa Rican government, conservation NGOs, foundations, and experts joined forces to permanently protect more... Read More

Author: Magdalena Seol
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In 2007, George Overholser delivered a speech in Florida, at America Forward’s Gathering of Leaders, in which he proposed a $1 billion social investment fund to advance proven intervention programs with a combination of social returns to beneficiaries and fiscal returns to government. This was the first write-up of his idea of “money back guarantees.” Mark Warner, who was governor of... Read More

Author: Magdalena Seol
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When I started my stint as a public servant with a prior background in the private sector, one question puzzled me and continued to remain in my mind: Why does government spending and activities tend to focus on inputs rather than outcome or impact? As time passed, I was able to see and understand various reasons behind this approach: government spending is often tied to legislative... Read More

Author: Magdalena Seol