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Entries by Dennis Whittle from 07/2009

Where's the Beef?

| Posted 07.02.2009 | Green

The job of the World Bank and other aid agencies is to promote innovation, and to do so in a way that helps rather than harms the environment.

Don't Just Do Something - Sit There!

| Posted 07.08.2009 | World

Some interventions can make things worse, via the law of unintended consequences. The larger the intervention, the more severe the possible negative consequences.

The Power of Proximity

| Posted 07.09.2009 | Business

When large numbers of entrepreneurs, financiers, engineers, and other smart, creative people are constantly bumping into one another, business ideas are formed, sharpened and executed.

Giving Markets and Official Aid in the UK

| Posted 07.17.2009 | World

There is a very good post over at Philanthrocapitalism, a blog by Matthew Bishop and Michael Green. It is worth reading the whole thing.

The Evolution of Economics

| Posted 07.17.2009 | Business

Behavioral economics has been successful at exposing the fallacies of rational expectations, but it has not succeeded in creating a new framework.

When Aid Agencies Listen

| Posted 07.22.2009 | World

The aid industry has spent over $2 trillion since World War II to help spur the development of poorer countries, with not enough to show for it.

What's Wrong with Experts?

| Posted 07.28.2009 | Business

There are many areas where there is no clear right answer or no clear best practice. And it is precisely in these fields that we must be careful of a "tyranny of the experts."

Dream It and You Can Do It (Sometimes)

| Posted 07.30.2009 | Healthy Living

Many of these self-motivational books are recipes for major disappointment and backlash down the road, because they fail to set expectations: success and failure have a random component.

Anyone - that's who.

| Posted 07.31.2009 | Business

Mari and I have been talking about the GlobalGiving vision -- what we believe, the hypotheses we are operating on, and what the future will look like...

Good News about Global Giving

| Posted 07.31.2009 | World

The whole global philanthropy report is worth reading, but here are my takeaways.