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Recent articles and research reports

New Case Study
Global Footprint Network

Humanity used the resources and services of 1.51 planet Earths in 2007, up 2.5 times since 1961. This situation, known as “overshoot,” tells us that we are using up our planet faster than it can regenerate its resources. Global Footprint Network is addressing this...

New Case Study
OPENPediatrics

OPENPediatrics’ web-based platform for teaching, exchanging ideas, and sharing best practices in pediatric care is used in 80 countries on six continents. The network has not only broken down the borders between specialty hospitals and remote caregivers, and...

New Research Paper: J-PAL

The Abdul Lateef Jameel Poverty Action Lab The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) is a global knowledge network consisting of researchers whose mission is to fight poverty with an evidence-based policy analysis process that utilizes randomized evaluations...

A Bretton Woods for the 21st Century

If you are the leader of a large organization (or only of yourself) who cares about improving the world, here’s a question you should consider: How will you participate in the global solution networks that are increasingly managing to address the world’s problems? A...

Why Digital Health Will Have Huge Impact

Digital Health has big buzz this year. For example, it was a hot topic at both the Consumer Electronics Show (“CES”) and the more-serious JP Morgan Healthcare Conference. (“Digital Health” refers to products and businesses that apply modern digital technologies — the...

How to innovate: making technology work for development

How do you get aid workers to think about new ways of doing things and ensure technologies or tools introduced work in the local context and lead to sustainable change? As impact and scale become increasingly important, Laura Walker Hudson uncovers the barriers to...

Getting Digital Service Delivery Right

Over a cup of tea, on a January afternoon of freezing rain, Emily, who works on Digital for the US Government, and I met to exchange perspectives on what it takes for governments to get digital right. Although our contexts are vastly different, we agreed that there...

Could Google Maps Help End Poverty?

Last year in the Indian city of Chennai, more than half a million people suddenly appeared from out of nowhere. These men, women and children weren’t rural migrants who had just moved to the city. Neither were they incomers from somewhere else in the world. They were...

Online networks creating a revolution in global solutions

Nation-states are failing to solve our most pressing global challenges. Will an emerging group of digital-friendly multi-sector networks succeed in their place? If we reduce carbon emissions by a whopping 80 per cent by the year 2050 it will take a century for planet...

Increased Cyber Security Can Save Global Economy Trillions

Failing to improve cyber security could cost the world economy and lead to more frequent cyberattacks, according to a new report released today by the World Economic Forum in collaboration with McKinsey & Company. New World Economic Forum report examines the need...

Top 10 risks for the decade ahead

What are the top 10 risks that the world will face in the decade to come, and what can be done about them? The Global Risks 2014 report calls attention to risks that could ripple through entire systems. It aims to improve collaboration among business, governments and...

New GSN Case Study:
Global Forest Watch

A Global Solution Network to Protect the World’s Forests Global Forest Watch (GFW) is a watchdog network that improves transparency and accountability in forest management decisions by increasing the public’s access to information on forestry activities around...

Gifted Colleagues: A Network of Technology Networks

The TABridge community includes more than 60 different organizations from dozens of countries, but we are still a small network whose greatest strength is the knowledge we share; it doesn’t reside at a central hub. In countless ways, we are not alone. Before we closed...

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