portrait of Wyatt Cmar
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In September, Ben Hecht, president and CEO of Living Cities, an innovative philanthropic collaborative of the world’s largest foundations and financial institutions, spoke to an audience of a mayoral chiefs of staff from some of the largest US cities concerning the ideas in his latest book, Reclaiming the American Dream: Proven Solutions for Creating Economic Opportunity for All. His talk... Read More

Darren Levine
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Ideas for change and improvement are within each of us, but how do we unlock this creative potential? This is the question we are exploring in our work as an Innovation and Research Unit. We believe unlocking creative potential begins with nurturing the right conditions within the organization — conditions that provide all staff, irrespective of position, title, or years of service, with... Read More

Pete Mathias
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It is 1943 and two scientists are hard at work. One is Willem Kolff, the other is Robert Oppenheimer; one the father of artificial organs, the other the mastermind of the atomic bomb. Thousands of miles between Kolff’s research center in a small Medieval Dutch town and Oppenheimer’s top-secret laboratory in a hidden Los Alamos plateau, the physician and the physicists shared a commitment... Read More

Jundong Wu
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Whenever talking about governments in China, it's quite easy for friends from western leading democracies to think of words like "undemocratic" or "totalitarian." Indeed, I cannot argue these tags are absolutely wrong. However, as a Chinese student having worked in local governance innovation, especially in the education arena, I witnessed the vibrant reforms happening in many local... Read More

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Each day, throughout the world, public officials and practitioners face the daunting task of creating solutions to society's most pressing problems, as they strive to improve the lives of their citizens. These dedicated public servants are under pressure to do more with increasingly limited resources, and to be more effective and efficient. Repeatedly, history has shown that continuing to... Read More