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Public Private Partnerships

Partnerships Are Essential to Addressing Nutrition and Post-2015 Development Goals

Marc Van Ameringen | Posted 04.16.2014 | Impact
Marc Van Ameringen

There is a great deal to learn from the experience of multi-stakeholder partnerships in food and nutrition security. My answer to the question on their role in the post MDGs is that they are essential. Governments on their own don't have the funding, skills or reach to succeed.

Three Recommendations to Foster Development in Africa's Health Markets

James Bernstein, MD | Posted 04.08.2014 | Impact
James Bernstein, MD

The huge room for increases in healthcare spending in African economies, coupled with the growth of their middle classes and booming populations, point to explosive potential.

America's Water Infrastructure Challenge: Moving from Proposals to Solutions

Michael Deane | Posted 03.28.2014 | Business
Michael Deane

In downtown Bethesda - one of Washington, D.C.'s busiest suburbs - an 89-year-old water main bursts, closing a major commuter thoroughfare through rus...

The State of Philanthropy: How to Maximize Impact

Dr. Judith Rodin | Posted 03.26.2014 | Impact
Dr. Judith Rodin

I believe philanthropy has found its identity once again, as a convener, a risk-taker, a piloter of good ideas, and a partner in bringing those ideas to scale. Indeed, it's an exciting time to be in philanthropy. But I believe there are areas where we can do better and push ourselves further to maximize our impact in the years ahead.

From Ideas to Action: Cities as Drivers of Economic Opportunity

Ben Hecht | Posted 03.21.2014 | Impact
Ben Hecht

By accelerating the ability of cities to adapt and grow, we will accelerate our nation's economic growth and competitiveness.

Phil Ginsburg Brings His Green Heart to San Francisco

Adrian Benepe | Posted 03.17.2014 | San Francisco
Adrian Benepe

A closer look shows that San Francisco's parks stand up very well to New York's. In fact, San Francisco may be a national leader among cities for its innovative management and ambitious plans.

The THREE P's: Public Private Partnerships in Action Sustaining Community Programs and Services

Jackie Jenkins-Scott | Posted 03.10.2014 | College
Jackie Jenkins-Scott

Social innovators, legislators and even the President of the United States are increasingly looking to the power of collaboration between the public a...

A University and Its Town

Wendy B. Libby | Posted 02.26.2014 | College
Wendy B. Libby

It's been called the "Athens of Florida" and more recently the "Best Other Downtown in Central Florida" by the Orlando Sentinel in head-to-head compet...

Can the Private Sector Help Combat Hunger and Malnutrition?

Marc Van Ameringen | Posted 04.14.2014 | Impact
Marc Van Ameringen

The World Economic Forum meeting in Davos was a step change with business and political leaders signing up to the UN Secretary General's "Zero Hunger" challenge to eliminate hunger in our lifetimes.

Dr. Brundtland's Impact on Global Health; We Must Stay the Course

Dr. Derek Yach | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
Dr. Derek Yach

I recently co-authored a piece in the journal Public Health about my esteemed colleague, Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Director-General of the Wor...

Massachusetts Pay for Success Initiative Advances Government, Private Sector, and Philanthropic Investment in Human Capital

Ben Hecht | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
Ben Hecht

Can you do good and do well? This is the driving question for impact investors - those who want their dollars to both provide a reasonable return on ...

'Public-Private Partnerships' Sound Great, But Private Investment Requires Public Accountability

Donald Cohen | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Donald Cohen

As America sought a path out of the shadow of the Great Depression, we quickly realized that austerity was not the answer. Rather than shove our hands in our pockets and mutter something about "the new normal," we opted to dream big.

In Praise of the Hybrid Company: When .Com Meets .Org

Julie Kantor | Posted 03.17.2014 | Business
Julie Kantor

So after 20 years, I decided I wanted to go from Julie.org to Julie.com. The only challenge, personally, is that I wanted to be incentivized with equity or financially in a company, but just couldn't find it in my heart to take a position where there was no mission or cause.

Water Utility Sector Works in Partnership to Meet Cyber Security Challenges

Michael Deane | Posted 02.04.2014 | Business
Michael Deane

The development of critical infrastructure security is complex and will require a continued united effort across sectors, companies and governments in order to ensure safe and reliable drinking and wastewater service for our nation.

You Won't Believe What NASA Is Planning To Do On The Moon In 2015

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 01.25.2014 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

A small team at NASA's Ames Research Center has set out to "boldly grow where no man has grown before" - and they're doing it with the help of thousan...

Public-Private Partnerships for Shared Prosperity: It's Working!

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

How can cities integrate informal economic activity with urban planning to improve living standards while promoting growth? How can we blend private s...

Lessons of the Obamacare Mess: Public Is Better

Robert Kuttner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The more complex a system is, the more it is at risk of failing in complex ways that were not anticipated by its architects. It would be hard to imagine a more complicated way of expanding health coverage than the Affordable Care Act.I say that, appreciating that Obamacare will eventually bring health coverage to tens of millions of uninsured people, that it will end the cruelty of denials of coverage based on "pre-existing conditions" (we all have the pre-existing condition of mortality); that it will allow young adults to stay on their parents' insurance to age 26; and that it will require free preventive care under all insurance plans. But there was a much simpler way of achieving this.

Renewable Resources: We Sorely Need to Develop a Culture that Embraces Them

Michael Zacka | Posted 12.31.2013 | Business
Michael Zacka

What's draining U.S. energy resources faster than any other product or technology? Cars? Lighting? HVAC? Refrigeration? None of the above.

Meet The Social Entrepreneurs Completely Disrupting The World Of Philanthropy

2013-08-27-Screenshot20130827at12.16.24PM.png | Posted 10.11.2013 | Impact

By William D. Eggers and Paul Macmillan, Dowser A couple of weeks ago, pianist Jonathan Biss was set to teach an online course on Beethoven’s Son...

Memories of Yesterday, or Hopes for Tomorrow?

George Logothetis | Posted 12.09.2013 | World
George Logothetis

At the core of human motivation is the idea that tomorrow can be better than today. People will fight oppressors, combat unending peril, unite through unparalleled adversity, all in the hope that tomorrow can be better than today.

All Aboard! Abandoned Railroad Tracks Gain New Life as Green Trails

Adrian Benepe | Posted 08.21.2013 | Green
Adrian Benepe

In cities large and small across the nation, there are efforts to transform abandoned rail lines, including some that are elevated or even below street level, into parks and trails.

Pushing Privatized "Partnership" Agenda at New York City's Public Parks -- Part 3

Cathryn Swan | Posted 10.19.2013 | New York
Cathryn Swan

People are against parks being privatized, the commercialization and sanitizing of our parks, the overarching corporate influence on these public spaces, the public increasingly being denied access to their commons, the resulting lack of transparency and accountability, and so much more.

Water: The Most Critical Asset in Your Production Strategy

Michael Zacka | Posted 10.15.2013 | Business
Michael Zacka

It's the new oil, and both need to be in the business mix.

Rebirth of America's Urban Parks Is Spurred by Citizen Involvement, So Why Is It Under Attack?

Adrian Benepe | Posted 10.14.2013 | Green
Adrian Benepe

The renaissance of urban parks -- and the attendant strengthening of cities -- is at a crossroads. The public sector, from Washington to the state houses to the mayors' offices, must provide adequate public funding for parks.

In the Face of Drought, Innovative Approaches are Keeping Water Flowing

Michael Deane | Posted 09.29.2013 | Business
Michael Deane

Proactively instituting innovative water purification techniques and continuing to study and develop new processes will ensure safe, clean drinking water for generations to come, and private water companies are helping lead the way.