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Global Solution Networks Blog

Recent articles and research reports

New GSN Case Study:
LUUM – Taking on Urban Congestion

A GSN Lighthouse Case Study Traffic congestion is a chronic and costly problem for large urban centers. Further, traffic congestion has significant costs for organizations located in those centers. Efforts to promote transportation alternatives and mitigate the...

New GSN Report:
Global Standards Networks

by Rawn Shah Chief Strategy Officer Alynd, Inc. Global Standards Networks create the frameworks for common operations, transparency and interoperability across private, public and civic sectors worldwide. They create common designs that commercial organizations can...

mHealth: Healthcare Reaching Remote Places with Mobile Phones and SMS

Mobile phones seem to be everywhere in Africa, and they’re keeping people in touch with health, education, banking, and community empowerment. “Email and Facebook are problems…but this text messaging – it’s no problem,” says Betty Kazadi Musau who lives in the...

Global Atlas of environmental conflicts launched in Brussels

The Environmental Justice Organisations, Liabilities and Trade (EJOLT) project launched its Global Atlas of Environmental Justice, a visually attractive and interactive online mapping platform detailing around 1000 environmental conflicts (and growing). It allows...

Governing the Internet: A New Era Begins

Download Original News Release March 24, 2014 The US Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced its intent to transition key Internet domain name functions to the global multi-stakeholder community. A new report...

New Research: Internet Governance Forum

The mandate of the IGF is to provide an open, inclusive environment for policy discussions and debate. It does not seek to solve conflicts but provides the data and tools for others to deploy. Vint Cerf, who has frequently been described as one of the “fathers...

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...

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