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Michael Green
Michael Green is the Executive Director of the Social Progress Imperative. He consults for governments, international organizations, companies and nonprofits on harnessing the tools of business to achieve social impact. He is a member of the advisory boards of the Impetus Trust and the B Team, and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Mr. Green served as a senior official in the U.K. Department for International Development, where he managed British aid programs to Russia and Ukraine and headed the communications department. He is co-author of Philanthrocapitalism: How Giving Can Save the World and The Road from Ruin: A New Capitalism for a Big Society. He is @shepleygreen on Twitter.

Entries by Michael Green

2016: It's Time for Citizens to Make Their Voices Heard

(1) Comments | Posted December 30, 2015 | 1:53 PM

The sun has finally set on the UN's Millennium Development Goals -- the major global effort to meet the needs of the world's poorest -- and attention now turns to the new Global Goals agreed by the UN for the development of the world through to 2030. The truly global...

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Citizens Have a New Tool to Hold Governments Accountable for the Global Goals

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 10:10 AM

The United Nations recently announced its new Global Goals. Building on the Millennium Development Goals, this new set of ambitions includes ending extreme poverty and delivering gender equality by 2030. They lay down the gauntlet to all of us -- policy-makers, civil society and the business community alike -- to...

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Addressing the World's Water Challenges Demands Business Collaboration

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 12:24 PM

Many of the great challenges faced by humanity, such as climate change, energy security, and food security, cannot be managed without also ensuring that our citizens have access to reliable water and sanitation services. As this year's World Water Week begins in Sweden, it's an opportunity to reflect on the...

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Growth Is Not Enough, Young People Want to Live in a Decent Society

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 4:33 PM

Judging by our politicians' squabbling over each quarter's GDP figures, you would think that economic growth is the only thing that matters in life. So it's refreshing that a newly published global survey reveals that, for young people at least, social -- not economic -- challenges are the major priority....

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50 Years Later: The War on Poverty Needs an Update

(1) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 12:34 PM

Fifty years ago the President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson, delivered the State of the Union address that would put poverty reduction at the center of federal policy-making for a generation, declaring the beginning of a "War on Poverty" still being fought to this day.

In his...

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The UN Must Be More Imaginative in Engaging and Encouraging the Private Sector to Drive Global Social Progress

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 2:07 PM

This week UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon released a statement as part of the UN's efforts to build consensus and support for the new global development targets. The Millennium Development goals -- globally agreed targets that range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS -- have been...

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Toilet Humor for Social Good

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 1:46 PM

When you are known as Mr. Toilet, you are allowed to tell the occasional fart joke. When Jack Sim, aka Mr. Toilet, met Matthew in Mumbai earlier this year, the head of the World Toilet Organization was trying to convince a local actress to appear in a Bollywood movie about...

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(2) Comments | Posted September 14, 2012 | 11:13 AM

This November 27th will be the first #givingtuesday in America (and perhaps elsewhere), a new national day focused on getting everyone -- individuals and organizations alike -- to make a fresh commitment to give.

The final few weeks of the year, with their important religious and national holidays,...

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The Year of Controversial Giving

(16) Comments | Posted January 2, 2012 | 5:01 PM

What does 2012 have in store for giving, especially the impact-driven approach to it we call "philanthrocapitalism"? Having peered into our philanthrocrystal ball, we see giving becoming more dangerous, more controversial, and more political, among other things, as philanthrocapitalists find themselves at the centre of some of the year's biggest...

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The Art of the Posse-able

(14) Comments | Posted September 19, 2011 | 4:42 PM

If you want a model for how the world can solve its most pressing problems in the 21st century, it is the posse. As governance systems go, the Wild West approach of rounding up a few available hands and driving the bad guy out of town is certainly messy, but,...

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Is Corporate Social Responsibility Evil?

(57) Comments | Posted July 19, 2010 | 8:53 PM

Is corporate social responsibility to blame for the oil spill in the Gulf or for the meltdown of the global financial system in late 2008? This accusation has been made by our friend Chrystia Freeland, the editor at large of Thomson Reuters, in the Washington Post.

While it...

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'The Road From Ruin': 10 Ways You Can Fix The Economy And Build Popular Capitalism

(25) Comments | Posted April 5, 2010 | 8:25 AM

"Main Street America has to take the lead in getting our economy in shape for the next fifty years": that was the rallying cry of our first post in this series.

Given the dire state of the US economy and the political paralysis on financial reform in Washington, it...

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'The Road From Ruin': Are We Naive Idiots For Thinking Business Can Be Anything But Greedy?

(126) Comments | Posted March 25, 2010 | 7:30 AM

"Idiotic" is how one Amazon reviewer of "The Road From Ruin" describes our idea that values can be put back into capitalism. Happily that reviewer otherwise loves the book. Yet we were struck that so many Huffington Post readers who commented on our opening article were also skeptical that business...

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'The Road From Ruin': Would Dodd's Solutions Create More Useless Bureaucracy (Think Homeland Security)?

(23) Comments | Posted March 19, 2010 | 7:37 AM

Arianna loves most of the ideas in our book, "The Road From Ruin," with one notable exception: she thinks we are not in favor of the "muscular regulation" of finance that she thinks is essential. We think a better way to characterize our position is that massive regulatory reform is...

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The Road From Ruin: Wake Up, You Can Fix This Financial Mess

(134) Comments | Posted March 11, 2010 | 6:49 AM

President Obama hit the nail on the head when he called the economic crisis "a great opportunity," yet so far it is one that America is wasting. Eighteen months ago, Lehman Brothers went bust and trillions of dollars of taxpayers' money was used to save the banking system. It seemed...

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