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For-good investor Zinc.vc launches in London to solve world’s biggest problems
For-good investor Zinc.vc launches in London to solve world’s biggest problems
philanthropy 
19 days ago
UberResearch – Dimensions for Funders
With a global award database covering around 200 funders and over $900bn in historical awards, users can compare internal funding applications against the global funding landscape instantly. Dimensions will identify similar research based on a search or automatically display similar grants to the proposal you are evaluating – including which institutions were funded, which investigators received the awards and what the currently running projects are in this area.
philanthropy 
24 days ago
OnPAR Funding for Scored But Not Awarded NIH Proposals – Research Funding
OnPAR (Online Partnership to Accelerate Research).  This was launched by Leidos Life Sciences in March, 2016.  It is a partnership with NIH that offers a new paradigm to provide funding for highly scored but unfunded NIH applications by matching them with interested non-government organizations (NGOs). 
philanthropy 
24 days ago
HKW | 100 Years of Now
In its four-year project 100 Years of Now, HKW is undertaking an analysis of the present time by linking back to historical utopias.
eutopia 
25 days ago
Non Profit News For Nonprofit Organizations | Nonprofit Quarterly - Nonprofit Quarterly delivers the latest news and investigative reports for non profit organizations. Subscribe to our free newsletter!
“Tell us what problems $100 million can solve, and how.” Thus began an experimental grantmaking process launched by the MacArthur Foundation in response to, as the author writes, “criticism that the philanthropic sector is too insular, not sufficiently focused on impact, and too risk averse.” This article gives an insider overview of the experiment and its results, and offers lessons learned along the way in anticipation of the final announcement of the successful awardee.
philanthropy  100c 
26 days ago
Prologue to 'The Complete Plain Words' by Sir Ernest Gowers (1954)
Writing is an instrument for conveying ideas from one mind to another; the writer's job is to make his reader apprehend his meaning readily and precisely.
plain_english 
4 weeks ago
About Us - Giving Compass
giving compass is a nonprofit organizing the world’s information to make it easier to give well
How can we give better? There is no single answer as there are many ways to define impact.
But we believe that if we have a good compass for our journey, we take the time to do some comparative research and learning, and we join with others who share our interests, we can drive positive and meaningful change.
philanthropy 
4 weeks ago
TPI |
We are a nonprofit philanthropic advisory firm that designs transformative giving solutions at the local, national and global level. We pioneered the field of strategic philanthropic advising to help you achieve lasting impact.
philanthropy 
4 weeks ago
Peace: Neither Ink nor Blood – INCERTO – Medium
One of the problems of the interventionista –wanting to get involved in other people’s affairs “in order to help”, while genuinely wanting to do good, results in disrupting some of the peace-making mechanisms that are inherent in human’s affairs
phi 
5 weeks ago
Democrats are losing the propaganda war
Verrit! The reductio of every smug tendency that fuels the center-left, brought to you by the digital sensibilities of a fifty year old who believes he can sneak into a Silicon Valley break room if he can just find the right hoodie.
media 
5 weeks ago
Total Quality Revolution | Emmett Rensin
I suppose I find the consulting groups funny because they look so much like a caricature of my uncertainty. They read like vultures who know that the game’s already up and that we’re in garbage time, and who are just grabbing whatever cash they can while the planet spins out in the darkness. I hope that’s what they’re doing, actually. The alternative is that they’re earnest hucksters
consulting 
6 weeks ago
Responsible technology: PwC UK
...technological advances could have unintended consequences, accelerating risks to the Earth and society if they are not designed and scaled in a smart and sustainable way.
responsible_innovation 
6 weeks ago
Nobel-winning economist Robert Shiller says bitcoin is "the best example right now" of a speculative bubble — Quartz
What are the best examples now of irrational exuberance or speculative bubbles?
Shiller: The best example right now is bitcoin. And I think that has to do with the motivating quality of the bitcoin story. And I’ve seen it in my students at Yale. You start talking about bitcoin and they’re excited! And I think, what’s so exciting? You have to think like humanities people. What is this bitcoin story?
bitcoin  economics 
6 weeks ago
The Hard Consequence of Google's Soft Power Over Think Tanks | WIRED
AMONG ITS PEERS, Google is an unparalleled lobbyist. Between April and June of this year, Google spent $5.4 million lobbying the federal government, more than double the lobbying budget for Apple, a comparable global behemoth that also has to fend off regulatory scrutiny. The tech giant has also long funded a lengthy roster of think tanks, academics, and nonprofits that grapple with issues that could seriously impact Google’s bottom line, such as privacy, net neutrality, and tax reform.
google  think_tanks 
7 weeks ago
New Think Tank Emails Show “How Google Wields its Power” in Washington
There is certainly a he said/she said element to these emails. Slaughter thinks Lynn wasn’t sensitive enough to giving notice internally about his team’s practices; Lynn thinks that the content of his work, not the communication of it, was the problem. Without more context it’s hard to say much definitively. But the additional emails from Lynn do not show someone dismissive of his colleagues or the tricky situation at New America. And though Slaughter protests that Google’s influence played no role in the firing, New America’s funding from the tech giant hangs over the entire set of exchanges.
google  FoE 
7 weeks ago
Deep-Fried Data
It takes courage to ask for a grant to bring a collection online with no measurable outcome other than the hope that it attracts interesting use. It takes even more courage to award that grant.
libraries  archives  philanthropy 
7 weeks ago
Future of Humanity Institute
FHI is a multidisciplinary research institute at the University of Oxford. Academics at FHI bring the tools of mathematics, philosophy and social sciences to bear on big-picture questions about humanity and its prospects. The Institute is led by Founding Director Professor Nick Bostrom.
future  philanthropy 
8 weeks ago
The Global Priorities Project | Prioritisation and policy research
Every day governments, foundations, and individuals need to make hard choices about what to prioritise. Limited resources must be wisely split between worthwhile causes. But prioritising requires sophisticated methods, especially when it involves uncertainty, ambiguity, and many different contexts.
philanthropy 
8 weeks ago
Transgender YouTubers had their videos grabbed to train facial recognition software - The Verge
There is pushback in some instances (like when a researcher scraped 40,000 selfies from Tinder without permission and posted the dataset online), but in the debate about what is the right and the wrong way to go about acquiring data, the loudest voices are those of big companies. This leads to situations like in the UK, where Google’s AI subsidiary DeepMind made an illegal deal to access medical records belonging to 1.6 million individuals.
AI  ethics 
8 weeks ago
The Decentralized Web
E Zuckerman on the decentralized web.
decentralization  publishing  culture 
8 weeks ago
Restoring eyesight: a simple solution with huge consequences - Capital Research Center
Finally, the Himalayan Cataract Project is a semi-finalist for a new program of the MacArthur Foundation where they hold a contest where one lucky winner gets a $100 million grant. Some of the project’s competitors seem like good programs to me. Rice University, for example, wants to improve neonatal care in the Third World. HarvestPlus has a program for adding vitamins to rice, wheat, and other staple crops.

Then there’s a program that seems to me to be completely daft. Suppose you’re a refugee. What do you need? Food? Shelter? Clothes? Well, the International Rescue Committee and Sesame Workshop think what refugees need is…TV, sorry, “multimedia content.” The TV these two organizations think kids need is the Muppets, or “the trusted and recognized Sesame Street Muppets.”

I confess that part of me hopes that the Muppets win this competition because the MacArthur Foundation would be subject to a barrage of healthy and sustained laughter. But given the babies that could be protected or the eyes saved with MacArthur money, I hope the foundation does the right thing and give their $100 million to a charity that would do something useful with it.
100change 
9 weeks ago
Prizes and Competitions – Mission Innovation
Mission Innovation member countries and private-sector groups offer a number of prizes and competitions designed to generate new ideas, support entrepreneurship, and create incentives to spur clean energy innovation. Links to some of these prizes are shown below.
prizes  challenges  competitions 
9 weeks ago
Impact of Social Sciences – Addicted to the brand: The hypocrisy of a publishing academic
Academics generally recognise that the scholarly publishing business model is flawed, the impact factor does not point to quality, and open access is a good idea. And yet, academics continue to submit their work to the same for-profit journals. Philip Moriarty looks at what is keeping academics from practicing what they preach. Despite many efforts to counter the perception, journal ‘branding’ remains exceptionally important.
open_access  publishing 
10 weeks ago
World's Largest Annual Humanitarian Prize Will Be Awarded in Los Angeles · Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
(Los Angeles) July 19, 2017 – “The Future of Humanitarian Action: Bridging Our Divides,” will be the theme of this year’s Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Humanitarian Symposium and accompanying Prize Ceremony. The Foundation announced today that its annual event will be held in Los Angeles this year at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.
prizes  challenges  competitions 
11 weeks ago
FOUNDATIONS AND ENDOWMENTS: SMART PEOPLE, DUMB CHOICES
America’s foundations spend many millions of dollars every year on investment advice. In return, they get sub-par performance.
philanthropy  sins 
11 weeks ago
Learning to Bridge a Generation Gap in Philanthropy - The New York Times
There are a lot of dollars at stake. A 2014 report by the Center on Wealth and Philanthropy at Boston College estimated that $59 trillion would be transferred to the next generation from 2007 to 2061. Lifetime giving to charity in that same period is pegged at $20.6 trillion.

It used to be that the philanthropic baton would be passed to the next generation when the parents died. In the past, fewer generations actively worked together.

But with longer life spans, “there are several generations in the philanthropic space at the same time and around the table at the same time,” said Sharna Goldseker, the founder and managing director of 21/64, a consulting firm that focuses on next-generation philanthropy. There may well be agreement among the generations about the importance of giving, but also disagreement about who to give to and how to give it.
philanthropy 
11 weeks ago
Is the world really better than ever? | News | The Guardian
The loose but growing collection of pundits, academics and thinktank operatives who endorse this stubbornly cheerful, handbasket-free account of our situation have occasionally been labelled “the New Optimists”, a name intended to evoke the rebellious scepticism of the New Atheists led by Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett and Sam Harris. And from their perspective, our prevailing mood of despair is irrational, and frankly a bit self-indulgent. They argue that it says more about us than it does about how things really are – illustrating a certain tendency toward collective self-flagellation, and an unwillingness to believe in the power of human ingenuity. And that it is best explained as the result of various psychological biases that served a purpose on the prehistoric savannah – but now, in a media-saturated era, constantly mislead us.
eutopia  optimism  worldgame 
11 weeks ago
We Need More, Not Fewer, Collaborations With Tech Companies - The Chronicle of Higher Education
cademic circles are stirred up over a recent Wall Street Journal article that accused scholars of taking Google’s money to study technology’s impact on society. In researching the story, reporters relied on a source’s database that amassed a list (probably using Google) of papers, workshops, and centers that purportedly had Google’s financial backing. The point was to prove that Google-backed professors seeded regulatory debates with studies to shore up the tech giant’s business interests.

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Scholars Cry Foul at Their Inclusion on List of Academics Paid by Google
The database is rife with errors and tenuous links. For example, it lists people who never received a dime from Google and names graduate students who attended tech conferences co-sponsored by Google, a frequent sponsor of academic technology events, because the attendees published papers about tech and society a few years later. The article’s "Gotcha!" angle suggests that private technology support for university research is a problem that must be rooted out. It suggests that money will inevitably produce conflicts of interest and pave the way for tech companies to bamboozle the public.
reproducibility 
12 weeks ago
A Son’s Race to Give His Dying Father Artificial Immortality | WIRED
I dream of creating a Dadbot—a chatbot that emulates not a children’s toy but the very real man who is my father. And I have already begun gathering the raw material: those 91,970 words that are destined for my bookshelf.
The thought feels impossible to ignore, even as it grows beyond what is plausible or even advisable. Right around this time I come across an article online, which, if I were more superstitious, would strike me as a coded message from forces unseen. The article is about a curious project conducted by two researchers at Google. The researchers feed 26 million lines of movie dialog into a neural network and then build a chatbot that can draw from that corpus of human speech using probabilistic machine logic. The researchers then test the bot with a bunch of big philosophical questions.
archives 
july 2017
How I lost my 25-year battle against corporate claptrap
For nearly a quarter of a century, I have been writing columns telling business people to stop talking rot. For the same amount of time they have been taking no notice.
plain_english  jarg 
july 2017
Family History Microfilm Discontinuation
On September 1, 2017, FamilySearch will discontinue its microfilm distribution services.  (The last day to order microfilm will be on August 31, 2017.)
archives 
july 2017
Who Needs Hard Drives? Scientists Store Film Clip in DNA - The New York Times
It was one of the very first motion pictures ever made: a galloping mare filmed in 1878 by the British photographer Eadweard Muybridge, who was trying to learn whether horses in motion ever become truly airborne.

More than a century later, that clip has rejoined the cutting edge. It is now the first movie ever to be encoded in the DNA of a living cell, where it can be retrieved at will and multiplied indefinitely as the host divides and grows.
archives  genetics 
july 2017
In today’s complex and uncertain times, philanthropy associations and networks are more vital than ever - National Committee For Responsive Philanthropy
The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers represents a growing network of 56 regional and national philanthropy-serving organizations (PSOs). These include regional philanthropy associations, national philanthropy affinity groups and other types of national associations and networks. What they all have in common is that they are indisputable leadership organizations for advancing, informing and supporting philanthropy, with a focus on a region, an issue, a type of philanthropic practice or a type of funder.
philanthropy 
july 2017
Frameworks for Private Foundations | GrantCraft
This GrantCraft leadership series paper produced in partnership with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA), explores the core frameworks that shape private foundations, and offers a roadmap for funders interested in reflecting on these frameworks to better align purpose, public benefit, and action.
philanthropy 
july 2017
Risk, Trust, and Impact: Connecting the Dots | Stanford Social Innovation Review
In my experience, grantmakers and grantees continuously confront a trust divide, with some very understandable reasons. After all, one seeks the resources that the other controls. The playing field is never level, and that fact inevitably introduces tension that can discourage frank admissions about the level of risk each is willing to take on. Therefore, the two sides rarely have a candid conversation about methods for risk management.
philanthropy 
july 2017
Award-Winning Philanthropists Explain the Roots of Their Giving - The New York Times
Ann Limberg, head for philanthropic solutions and the family office of U.S. Trust.
philanthropy 
july 2017
AI Impacts – Changes in funding in the AI safety field
The field of AI Safety has been growing quickly over the last three years, since the publication of “Superintelligence”. One of the things that shapes what the community invests in is an impression of what the composition of the field currently is, and how it has changed. Here, I give an overview of the composition of the field as measured by its funding.
AI 
june 2017
The Nihilism of Julian Assange | by Sue Halpern | The New York Review of Books
The danger of carving off WikiLeaks from the rest of journalism, as the attorney general may attempt to do, is that ultimately it leaves all publications vulnerable to prosecution. Once an exception is made, a rule will be too, and the rule in this case will be that the government can determine what constitutes real journalism and what does not, and which publications, films, writers, editors, and filmmakers are protected under the First Amendment, and which are not.

This is where censorship begins. No matter what one thinks of Julian Assange personally, or of WikiLeaks’s reckless publication practices, like it or not, they have become the litmus test of our commitment to free speech. If the government successfully prosecutes WikiLeaks for publishing classified information, why not, then, “the failed New York Times,” as the president likes to call it, or any news organization or journalist? It’s a slippery slope leading to a sheer cliff. That is the real risk being presented here, though Poitras doesn’t directly address it.
journalism  media 
june 2017
The Blathering Superego at the End of History - Los Angeles Review of Books
The most significant development in the past 30 years of liberal self-conception was the replacement of politics understood as an ideological conflict with politics understood as a struggle against idiots unwilling to recognize liberalism’s monopoly on empirical reason. The trouble with liberalism’s enemies was no longer that they were evil, although they might be that too. The problem, reinforced by Daily Kos essays in your Facebook feed and retweeted Daily Show clips, was that liberalism’s enemies were factually wrong about the world.
politics 
june 2017
Power Causes Brain Damage - The Atlantic
The historian Henry Adams was being metaphorical, not medical, when he described power as “a sort of tumor that ends by killing the victim’s sympathies.” But that’s not far from where Dacher Keltner, a psychology professor at UC Berkeley, ended up after years of lab and field experiments. Subjects under the influence of power, he found in studies spanning two decades, acted as if they had suffered a traumatic brain injury—becoming more impulsive, less risk-aware, and, crucially, less adept at seeing things from other people’s point of view.
power  psychology  philanthropy 
june 2017
Can China Really Rein in Credit? - Bloomberg
The central strategy is “kicking the can down the road” or “extend and pretend,” avoiding crucial decisions that would reduce current living standards, eschewing necessary sacrifices, and deferring problems with associated costs into the future.
intergenerational_equity 
june 2017
'It was quasi-religious': the great self-esteem con | Life and style | The Guardian
Vasco & self-esteem. Social policy.

"How did he rate the academics’ research? “As you read the book,” he said, “it’s a bunch of scholarly gobbledegook.”"
education  psychology  philanthropy  policy  berkeley 
june 2017
We need a science of philanthropy : Nature News & Comment
Billions of dollars are being donated without strong evidence about which ways of giving are effective.

[reads more like a scientism of philanthropy]
philanthropy 
june 2017
How Facebook's tentacles reach further than you think - BBC News
"What is most striking is the sense of resignation, the impotence of regulation, the lack of options, the public apathy," says Dr Powles. "What an extraordinary situation for an entity that has power over information - there is no greater power really."
privacy 
may 2017
Hits-based Giving | Open Philanthropy Project
One of our core values is our tolerance for philanthropic “risk.” Our overarching goal is to do as much good as we can, and as part of that, we’re open to supporting work that has a high risk of failing to accomplish its goals. We’re even open to supporting work that is more than 90% likely to fail, as long as the overall expected value is high enough.
philanthropy  risk 
may 2017
Black Swan Farming
The two most important things to understand about startup investing, as a business, are (1) that effectively all the returns are concentrated in a few big winners, and (2) that the best ideas look initially like bad ideas.
risk 
may 2017
How Twitch Learned to Make Better Predictions About Everything
At Twitch, a subsidiary of Amazon, we saw the promise in this research. If an individual can gain a predictive edge, so can a company. We created a program that teaches all our employees to become better forecasters regardless of their quantitative background, organizational role, or area of expertise.
futures  predictions 
may 2017
Mossberg: The Disappearing Computer - Recode
if we are really going to turn over our homes, our cars, our health and more to private tech companies, on a scale never imagined, we need much, much stronger standards for security and privacy than now exist.
privacy  security 
may 2017
Morgan Stanley's Impact Investment Fund Raises $125 Million
Morgan Stanley's Impact Investment Fund Raises $125 Million
impact_investing 
may 2017
Indian Election Officials Challenges Critics To Hack Electronic Voting Machine
Indian Election Officials Challenges Critics To Hack Electronic Voting Machine
voting  democracy 
may 2017
Notes From An Emergency
But when it comes to the Internet, Europe doesn't put up a fight. It has ceded the ground entirely to American corporations. And now those corporations have to deal with Trump. How hard do you think they'll work to defend European interests?
EU  BigData 
may 2017
A Story of Slavery in Modern America - The Atlantic
She lived with us for 56 years. She raised me and my siblings without pay. I was 11, a typical American kid, before I realized who she was.
slavery  firstperson 
may 2017
Contribution of Libraries to the SDGs - United Nations Partnerships for SDGs platform
IFLA, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions will work with our members, including library associations and institutions in 150 countries, to ensure their readiness to support implementation of the SDGs in their country and locally through library services and programmes, including public access to ICT. Libraries provide an essential means of reaching the next billion by supporting digital inclusion through access to ICT, and dedicated staff to help people develop new digital skills.
libraries  SDG 
may 2017
SPI - Current Research
Research Goals
The overarching goal of the Science of Philanthropy Initiative (SPI) is to develop a deeper understanding of the types of social preferences that shape philanthropic giving (including altruism, reciprocity, inequity aversion, warm-glow giving, cooperation and generosity) and to apply this knowledge to inform both practitioners and policymakers interested in philanthropy and the private provision of public goods.
philanthropy 
may 2017
Tell the Truth: Do You Secretly Believe That Elites Know Best? — Inside Philanthropy
If you ask a top philanthropist or foundation chief how their influence squares with democracy, they’ll likely say that private giving strengthens civic life by underwriting more robust public debates. They’ll say that a rich tapestry of funders, holding a vast diversity of views, is fueling pluralism in America by backing all kinds of organizations and ideas. Some will also say that smart grantmaking helps to overcome key flaws of democracy—like an aversion to risk taking by elected officials and a lack of long-term thinking by government.

What they’ll never, ever say, at least explicitly, is that philanthropy doesn’t square so easily with democracy—and that this is OK because elites often know best about how to advance the common good. 
philanthropy 
may 2017
A Philanthropist’s Guide to the Future
WE BELIEVE PHILANTHROPY IS CHANGING
The points of entry have grown more diverse, the attitudes more humble and inclusive, the tactics more sophisticated.
philanthropy  futures 
may 2017
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