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January 13, 2012

Crowdsourcing-for-Good: CrowdFlower’s 2011 Retrospective  focuses on crowd sourcing as creating unexpected but exciting social impact,  especially regarding data collection for international health and disaster recovery. It also discusses some of the challenges and implications of using this new technology to collect data from vulnerable populations.

Teacher Quality Counts: EdWeek just launched their 2012 “Quality Counts” report this week, looking at US Education through a global lens. The report, titled The Global Challenge: Education in a Competitive World, includes lots of great food for thought, including a section on getting the mix right between content and pedagogy in teacher training. Another section focuses on teaching quality in top-performing nations (and part of the equation appears to be status and respect, not just salary).

The Changing Face of High-Level Gifts:  An interesting piece that gets into the intricacies of the changing world of financial advising. Donors are turning to non-cash assets such as real estate/property, soybeans, wine & art, interest in an NFL team, etc. as donations. Fidelity and Schwab have reported notable increases in their donor advised funds and endowments with these types of gifts.

A Poverty Solution That Starts With a Hug: A Nick Kristoff piece on early childhood interventions which talks about Nurse-Family Partnership (a model in practice in our Downturn guide and one featured in our 2011 High Impact Holiday Giving).

4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 13, 2012 8:37 pm

    The 2012 “Quality Counts” report was right on regarding our current educational climate. Perhaps it will serve as a spark to those in leadership positions who can make a difference.

  2. January 22, 2012 8:04 pm

    Thanks for the link to Crowdflower – I think we’re going to see much more crowdsourcing for good in 2012 especially with the ease by which messages can be submitted and spread virally through social media as a mass call-to-arms.

  3. February 2, 2012 10:12 am

    I’ve found quality of education has been a major issue globally. We as a society spend 30 -50 thousand dollars for a under grad degree only to graduate with either under employment or in some cases no employment at all. Where is the justice in this? Yet colleges and universities throughout the United States continue to raise tuition. When will the educational bubble burst?

  4. February 16, 2012 5:14 pm

    I have to report about a place that is helping homeless veterans yet is primarily a drug and alcohol rehab community in Tampa and in South Carolina: Wonderful that they take people in with little or no money at times as bed space is available showing their heart for the hurting.

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