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When Should Donors Mitigate Private-Sector Risk? | Center For Global Development -
These arguments are all set out in a bit more detail in a note I am writing in response to an informal request from one of the organisations which is thinking about this. The note will also explain why aid agencies might tend to make the wrong choice. Here is the current draft - it is a Google doc, but I don't think you need a Google login to access it. I'm working on this now (which is why I want feedback) - Dave Witzel
Who's Afraid of Peer Review? -
I know because I wrote the paper. Ocorrafoo Cobange does not exist, nor does the Wassee Institute of Medicine. Over the past 10 months, I have submitted 304 versions of the wonder drug paper to open-access journals. More than half of the journals accepted the paper, failing to notice its fatal flaws. Beyond that headline result, the data from this sting operation reveal the contours of an emerging Wild West in academic publishing. - Dave Witzel
NCDD Community News » Collective Impact: A Game Changing Model for the Social Sector -
I recently asked NCDD supporting member Marty Jacobs to write a primer for the NCDD blog on “collective impact.” This strategy for large-scale collaborative change has been gaining momentum among funders and nonprofit thought leaders, and we wanted to make sure NCDD members are aware of the concept. - Dave Witzel
» 31 reasons why you should blog about your research The Sociological Imagination -
It helps you become more clear about your ideas. It gives you practice at presenting your ideas for a non-specialist audience. It increases your visibility within academia. It increases your visibility outside academia and makes it much easier for journalists, campaigners and practitioners to find you. It increases your visibility more than a static site and allows people who find you to get an overall sense of your academic interests. - Dave Witzel
Former Microsoft Privacy Chief Says He No Longer Trusts The Company - HotHardware -
Bowden was in charge of privacy at Microsoft, and oversaw the company's efforts in that area in more than 40 countries, but claims to have been unaware of the PRISM program's existence while he worked at the company. In the two years since leaving Microsoft, Bowden has ceased carrying a cell phone and become a staunch open source user, claiming that he no longer trusts a program unless he can see the source. - Dave Witzel
Digital Agenda for Europe - European Commission -
The Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation (CAPS) are ICT systems leveraging the emerging "network effect" by combining open online social media, distributed knowledge creation and data from real environments ("Internet of Things") in order to create awareness of problems and possible solutions requesting collective efforts, enabling new forms of social innovation. The Collective Awareness Platforms are expected to support environmentally aware, grassroots processes and practices to share knowledge, to achieve changes in lifestyle, production and consumption patterns, and to set up more participatory democratic processes. Although there is consensus about the global span of the sustainability problems that are affecting our current society, including the economic models and the environment, there is little awareness of the role that each and every one of us can play to ease such problems, in a grassroots manner. - Dave Witzel
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institutions for collective action can be a suitable way to govern resources sustainably and efficiently, depending on the type of resource and the circumstances - Dave Witzel
Platforms for collective action in multiple-use common-pool resources - Springer -
The establishment of “platforms for resource use negotiation” is a way of dealing with complex natural resource management problems. Platforms arise when stakeholders perceive the same resource management problem, realize their interdependence in solving it, and come together to agree on action strategies for solving the problem (Röling, 1994). - Dave Witzel
People, passion and learning to fail: Opening up with Dries Buytaert | -
Drupal, the open source platform he developed 13 years ago, has grown immensely, now underpinning around 1 in 50 websites and a huge community of developers. Sites running on Drupal range from the White House and NBC, to the EU's Digital Agenda site—and indeed my own site. - Dave Witzel
EMVCo, owned by American Express, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, UnionPay and Visa, manages, maintains and enhances the EMV®1 Integrated Circuit Card Specifications to ensure global interoperability of chip-based payment cards with acceptance devices including point of sale terminals and ATMs. - Dave Witzel
EMV - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia -
It is a joint effort initially conceived between Europay, MasterCard and Visa to ensure the security and global interoperability of chip based payment cards. Europay International SA was absorbed into MasterCard in 2002. The standard is now defined and managed by the public corporation EMVCo LLC. JCB (formerly Japan Credit Bureau) joined the organization in December 2004, and American Express joined in February 2009. In May 2013 China UnionPay was announced as its latest member[1] with UnionPay now having an equal 1/5 interest in the standards body along with Visa, MasterCard, American Express and JCB. IC card systems based on the EMV specification are being phased in across the world, under names such as "IC Credit" and "Chip and PIN". - Dave Witzel
Democracy Digest » Global Trends 2030: decline in US power, but ‘new era of democratization’ -
Global megatrends could be leading to a new era of democratization, according to a new report from the U.S. government’s National Intelligence Council. - Dave Witzel
Modeling the Rise in Internet-based Petitions - -
Collective action taking place on Internet platforms leaves a digital imprint which may be harvested to better understand the dynamics of mobilization. This ‘big data’ offers social science researchers the potential for new forms of analysis, using real-time transactional data based on entire populations, rather than sample-based surveys of what people think they did or might do. This paper uses a big data approach to track the growth of about 20,000 petitions to the UK Government over two years, analyzing the rate of growth and the outreach mechanism. - Dave Witzel
working better together -
The success of these organizations (whose stories we share later in this publication) show s that when it comes to achieving progress on difficult issues, working together beats working alone. W h en people reach across the lines that too often divide organizations and sectors , they tap into new ideas and new resources and create new partnerships that can help them achieve their goals . - Dave Witzel
Red Hat Grows Linux Revenues, Displacing Unix and SUSE - Datamation -
Red Hat reported its second quarter fiscal 2014 earnings late Monday, once again showing continued demand for the company's Linux and open source technologies. Red Hat's CEO used the call as an opportunity to detail the competitive landscape as well as identifying where business is coming from. - Dave Witzel
If the Goal is Scale, Promote Theft | Stanford Social Innovation Review -
Imagine if successful organizations learned to systematically make their business models open source without being territorial, without having to safeguard brands. This epochal shift in traditional development thinking would actually promote, rather than hinder, significant gains in the overall reach and efficacy of social sector work. - Dave Witzel
Coursefork is like a GitHub for course creation, interview with Eric Martindale | -
What if teachers could fork educational materials just like software developers fork code? Imagine if educators far and wide could collaborate on curriculums beyond their school, district, or university. Imagine a revolutionized education system by way of the open source model. Well, the future is now. Eric Martindale, Cofounder and CTO of Coursefork, is replacing closed education systems with open ones with a new development tool for educators. It's not a MOOC, it's not Moodle, and it's not edX. It's a GitHub for course creation. It's about building a community. - Dave Witzel
Watch the growth of U.S. income inequality with this animated map -
The map was created by John Voorheis, a graduate student at the University of Oregon, and was passed along by Mark Thoma of Economist's View. More specifically, the map shows the change in Gini coefficients — a measure of income inequality — within states over time. - Dave Witzel
About — Solvable Convene -
Solvable Convene hosts and facilitates hybrid engagements that precede and last beyond events. We believe that broad, systemic change on issues like sustainability and healthcare is not solely about technology deployment and knowledge sharing, but also about how we build communities of shared passion and interest over distributed geographies, time, and disciplines. We blend face-to-face engagements with online social technologies to ensure events become more than one-time gatherings, but rather long-term action networks. Join us in trying a new way to convene where the event is just a springboard for transformation. - Dave Witzel
Thoughtstream | Stakeholder Engagement Solutions -
engage your stakeholders to inform decisions, create buy-in and build trust - Dave Witzel
About — Solvable Health -
Solvable Health increases the capacity of research networks to innovate. Our work shifts the tectonic plates of existing knowledge systems to create new landscapes of connectivity, trust, and impact. By combining network science with data analytics, we guide strategic interventions that radically transform networks. And we do it because these networks–your networks–are where groundbreaking solutions emerge - Dave Witzel
About | Seed Scientific -
In the past, companies and governments turned to consultants armed with white papers and post-it notes to solve their most critical challenges. The world our clients face today is faster and more complex than ever before; it takes a new lens and new tools to stay ahead. Seed Scientific is the first data-centric consultancy. We leverage Big Data to craft solutions, fuel innovation, and improve decision-making for clients around the world in the commercial, public, and social sectors — like GE, the United Nations, and the Government of Canada. We are scientists, mathematicians, designers, and engineers. It is in our DNA to combine math and science, design and technology to solve for the unique needs, challenges, and scope of each engagement. - Dave Witzel
Column: Collaborating for The Common Good - Harvard Business Review -
Collaboration isn’t easy—that’s why it is still far too infrequent across all forms of social enterprise. But when peer organizations honestly embrace shared goals and clearly articulate how they will achieve them, collaboration works. Most important is believing that a group—even of “competitors”—can accomplish what no one member could do alone. - Dave Witzel
Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance - COSIA -
Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) is an alliance of oil sands producers focused on accelerating the pace of improvement in environmental performance in Canada's oil sands through collaborative action and innovation. - Dave Witzel
Tomnod | Crowdsource The World -
Belgian government funding a multilingual version of Drupal | Joinup -
Fedict, Belgium's federal IT service organisation, is funding the development of a tailored version of Drupal, an open source content management system, focussing on multilingual use cases. Last Thursday, Fedict published a beta version of this customised Drupal, called OpenFed. "It can be used to quickly develop basic websites for public administrations in Belgium, for example for government campaigns and events." - Dave Witzel
The secret to scaling unscalable social networks: Network Clusters -
We often associate social networks with hyper-growth, a perception largely fostered by growth infographics of Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest that get shared all around. But not all social networks scale that easily. There are three patterns that I often see across the growth of most social networks (and most platform business models, for that matter). - Dave Witzel
Counting the Cost of Fixing the Future - -
In May, to little fanfare, the Obama administration published new estimates of the “social cost of carbon,” a dollars-and-cents measure of the future damage — from floods, pandemics, depressed agricultural productivity — that releasing each additional ton of heat-trapping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere would cost. - Dave Witzel
Econ 101 is killing America - -
Forget the dumbed-down garbage most economists spew. Their myths are causing tragic results for everyday Americans - Dave Witzel
Theodore Roosevelt - Wikiquote -
Our aim is not to do away with corporations; on the contrary, these big aggregations are an inevitable development of modern industrialism, and the effort to destroy them would be futile unless accomplished in ways that would work the utmost mischief to the entire body politic. We can do nothing of good in the way of regulating and supervising these corporations until we fix clearly in our minds that we are not attacking the corporations, but endeavoring to do away with any evil in them. We are not hostile to them; we are merely determined that they shall be so handled as to subserve the public good. We draw the line against misconduct, not against wealth. State of the Union address (2 December 1902). - Dave Witzel
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