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Homeless

NEVER AGAIN: When it Comes to Sheltering those Experiencing Homelessness, We Cannot Go Back to the Way Things Were

March 2, 2021

By Joe Finn

Last March, homeless shelter providers in Massachusetts found themselves confronted by a dilemma. Recommendations from the Governor and state public health officials that called for the implementation of social distancing protocols were impossible to execute in shelter settings. Facing consistently overcrowded facilities, shelter providers recognized that they faced an impossible choice: should they deny shelter to individuals in need, subjecting them to the risks...

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Theater

An Energy Manifestation Model as a Bridge to Social Impact

March 2, 2021

By Donna Marie Wing

Abstract

Many social entrepreneurs have a vision, a passion for social impact that often never gets off the ground. They may have the best of intentions and personal drive, but overwhelming distractors throw them off track. An energy manifestation model can help avoid the common pitfalls of losing sight of the original vision and changing...

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As Boston Puts Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Center Stage, It Begins a New Conversation and A Reimagining of Itself - An Interview with Imari Paris Jeffries

February 17, 2021

By Mary Jo Meisner

Imari Paris Jeffries was named Executive Director of King Boston in June 2020. Paris Jeffries brings a wealth of experience from the non-profit management, racial equity,...

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Who was Responsible for January 6th?

January 28, 2021

By Michael Klarman

President Trump was the proximate cause of the violent assault on the Capitol on January 6, 2021. His words of incitement to a crowd of thousands of angry supporters -- including “[y]ou’ll never take back your country with weakness” -- may well qualify for criminal punishment notwithstanding the First Amendment. And those presidential words inciting...

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Social Impact Review

EDITOR'S NOTE

January 20, 2021

On this cold January day, as the sun beamed through the grey clouds, Joseph R. Biden, Jr. took the oath of office as the 46th President of the United States, expressing infinite hope and representing strong winds of change blowing through a Washington, DC, locked down, yet still proud. American flags were dancing on the steps of the Capitol and all along the great stretch of the National Mall. Today, on the very Capitol steps where two...

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McConnell and Pelosi Are Talking to Each Other Again -- What Might That Mean for Schools? What Should It Mean for Schools?

December 9, 2020

By Julie M. Allen

McConnell and Pelosi are back on speaking terms discussing the stimulus package, and many are hoping they reach a deal before the looming December 11 deadline to avoid a government shutdown. Bipartisan support is growing for a compromise...

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India’s Aspirational Districts Programme Focuses Governance Efforts On Development

December 7, 2020

By Amit Kapoor, Michael Green, Mark Esposito and Chirag Yadav

It is being increasingly recognised that economic metrics like the gross domestic product (GDP) do not provide an accurate picture of human development. As a result of its widespread usage, economic growth has become an end in itself rather than a means to better development outcomes. The Indian...

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POST-ELECTION SERIES: A Passion for Prevention and a Warning for the Unprepared - An Interview with Howard Koh, M.D., MPH

November 19, 2020

By Matt Nathan, M.D., and Susan Carney Lynch, Dr.PH

Dr. Howard K. Koh is one of the most influential healthcare leaders in the world today. He is the Harvey V. Fineberg Professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard Kennedy School....

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POST-ELECTION SERIES: A 2020 Presidential Candidate of Color Reflects on the New President-Elect - An Interview with Governor Deval Patrick

November 19, 2020

By Mary Jo Meisner

Originally from the South Side of Chicago, Deval Patrick came to Massachusetts at 14, when he was awarded a scholarship to attend Milton Academy. After Harvard College & Law School, he clerked for a federal appellate judge and then launched a career as an attorney and business executive, becoming a staff attorney at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, a partner at two Boston law firms and a senior executive at two Fortune 50 companies. In...

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POST-ELECTION SERIES: Over 74 Million Votes for Trump and Party Polarization is Stronger than Ever - An Interview with Dr. Robert Blendon

November 19, 2020

By Sally Bagshaw

Dr. Robert J. Blendon is currently the Richard L. Menschel Professor of Public Health and Professor of Health Policy and Political Analysis, Emeritus, at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He holds appointments as a Professor of Health Policy and Political Analysis at both the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health...

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HigherEd

What American Higher Education Can Learn from Africa

November 10, 2020

By Brian Rosenberg

The majority of American colleges and universities are caught between two powerful and opposing forces: the compelling need to change and the structural resistance to change. This is not a unique situation - we see a similar dynamic playing out in our healthcare system - but the forces are particularly strong and the tension between them especially evident in higher education.

Anyone who doubts the need for dramatic change should consider...

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Immigration

Immigration Reform: Yes it’s Complicated, But We Can Change It If We Don’t Look Away

November 3, 2020

By Linda Dakin-Grimm

As a lawyer for more than thirty years, I represented financial institutions and corporations of one sort or another in disputes against other similar parties. I did this in courts all over the country. I live in a safe town with clean water, fresh air, and excellent local services. I have never had to run from a life and death situation or consider emigrating. I felt no hostility toward migrants, but in truth, I rarely thought...

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ThinkForYourself

Thinking For Yourself: Intellectual Self Reliance in an Hyper-Connected World

November 3, 2020

By Vikram Mansharamani

Fundamentally, self-reliance in the twenty-first century is about thinking for yourself. And even though it was written in 1841, the wisdom of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay on this topic rings as true today as it did then. Consider the following quote, taken from “Self-Reliance”: “a man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within, more than the lustre of...

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Loneliness

Election 2020: Loneliness, the Art of Healing and our Democracy

November 3, 2020

By Robin Strongin

The COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with the protests over the recent murders by police of people of color including George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor, have sparked outrage across the country. Summer 2020 bore witness to pent up frustration as anger spilled over and onto the streets - streets painted in neon yellow reminding the world that Black Lives Matter.

The reality of the seemingly endless pandemic...

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NursingHome

Producing a Just Culture of Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes

October 20, 2020

By Anne Montgomery and Sarah Slocum

As the peaks and valleys of COVID-19 cases and deaths create chaos in the health care sector and dominate news feeds across the globe, the pandemic is shining an intense spotlight on nursing homes - what they do and how well they do it. The highly infectious virus is fueling conversations among families about their elderly loved ones, and fostering policy debates about additional reforms, including calls for alternatives. The voices of nursing home residents - always hard to hear- have been effectively silenced by...

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It’s our Financial Regulators’ Job to Protect us from Climate Change. It’s our Legislators’ Job to Make Them.

October 13, 2020

By Steven M. Rothstein and Veena Ramani

We are under siege. As climate-induced wildfires ravage the American West and hurricane after hurricane hit our Southern border, our lives, our livelihoods, and the stability and security of our markets are in danger. While the physical risks are worsening, the economic transition risks that accompany them are already...

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Women's Economic Empowerment: A Critical Tool for Post-Pandemic Economic Repowering in Colombia

October 6, 2020

By Marta Lucía Ramírez de Rincón, Vice President of the Republic of Colombia

National economies weakened by the COVID-19 pandemic must take measures that include comprehensive actions for women's economic empowerment, as a prerequisite for a sustainable recovery. This is an opportunity, albeit amid adversity, for economic growth and to redouble efforts to achieve the...

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Supporting Indigenous Communities’ Resilience in the Face of COVID-19: An Interview with Victor A. Lopez-Carmen

September 30, 2020

By Lisa Dreier

When the COVID-19 pandemic began spreading globally in early 2020, Victor Lopez-Carmen knew that it represented an existential threat to Indigenous communities. As one of the only Native American student currently at Harvard Medical School and Co-Chair of the ...

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SOCIAL IMPACT SPOTLIGHT - James Honan

September 30, 2020

By Robin Mendelson

James Honan is Senior Lecturer on Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education and is also on faculty at the Harvard Kennedy School, an affiliate faculty member with the Center for Public Leadership, and a member of the Faculty Executive Committee of Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative. Honan's teaching and research interests include financial management of nonprofit organizations, organizational performance measurement and...

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The Harvard ALI Social Impact Review's mission is to be a thought leader in social impact by bringing together diverse stakeholders and perspectives to raise awareness, influence action, and catalyze positive change in addressing the world's significant social challenges.