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What Universities Can Be: A New Model for Preparing Students for Active Concerned Citizenship and Ethical Leadership

What Universities Can Be: A New Model for Preparing Students for Active Concerned Citizenship and Ethical Leadership

Robert J. Sternberg (Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, 2016)
October 25, 2016

For the university administrator seeking insight and hard-won wisdom from a respected colleague, Cornell University professor Robert J. Sternberg's new book is worth the time. But for the lay reader interested in the subject, there are more engaging and enjoyable books out there, says our reviewer, Michael Weston-Murphy....

Mission Control

Mission Control

Liana Downey (Brookline, Massachusetts: Bibliomotion, Inc., 2016)
August 8, 2016

Liana Downey has created a "step-by-step guide" for nonprofits that want to avoid mission creep, find their focus, and change the world....

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Angela Duckworth (New York, New York: Scribner, 2016)
June 30, 2016

In her new book, University of Pennsylvania psychologist Angela Duckworth argues that achievement should be understood more as a function of continuous effort rather than natural ability. Our reviewer, Michael Weston-Murphy, is not entirely convinced....

Hoping to Help: The Promises and Pitfalls of Global Health Volunteering

Hoping to Help: The Promises and Pitfalls of Global Health Volunteering

Judith N. Lasker (Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, 2016)
May 11, 2016

Judith N. Lasker examines the landscape of short-term volunteer trips; the benefits and drawbacks of such activity from the perspective of the sponsoring organizations, the volunteers, and the host communities; and what can be done to make such activity more effective, particularly for the latter....

American Generosity: Who Gives and Why

American Generosity: Who Gives and Why

Patricia Snell Herzog and Heather E. Price (New York, New York: Oxford University Press, 2016)
May 6, 2016

Mirielle Clifford reviews Patricia Snell Herzog and Heather E. Price's in-depth examination of how social factors and regional characteristics influence and drive American generosity....

Social Movements for Good: How Companies and Causes Create Viral Change

Social Movements for Good: How Companies and Causes Create Viral Change

Derrick Feldmann (Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley, 2016)
April 21, 2016

CECP's Jennifer Chen reviews Derrick Feldman's guide to the nuts and bolts of movement building, including an analysis of how social movements for good differ from traditional social movements in their end goals and messaging vehicles....

The Great Surge: The Ascent of the Developing World

The Great Surge: The Ascent of the Developing World

Steven Radelet (New York, New York: Simon & Schuster, 2015)
March 18, 2016

Radelet, who chairs the Global Human Development Program at Georgetown University, argues that the end of the Cold War ushered in an era of unprecedented development progress across much of Africa, Asia, and Latin America....

Getting Beyond Better: How Social Entrepreneurship Works

Getting Beyond Better: How Social Entrepreneurship Works

Roger L. Martin and Sally Osberg (Boston, Massachusetts: Harvard Business Review Press, 2015)
February 16, 2016

Business strategist Roger L. Martin and Skoll Foundation president and CEO Sally R. Osberg provide an overview of social entrepreneurship and share the stories of several social entrepreneurs who have changed — and are changing — the world for the better....

Charity Detox: What Charity Would Look Like If We Cared About Results

Charity Detox: What Charity Would Look Like If We Cared About Results

Robert D. Lupton (San Francisco, California: HarperOne, 2015)
February 3, 2016

In his new book, the founder of Atlanta-based FCS Urban Ministries and the author of the 2011 book Toxic Charity challenges social entrepreneurs and funders to rethink what they know about charity work....

The Self-Help Myth: How Philanthropy Fails to Alleviate Poverty

The Self-Help Myth: How Philanthropy Fails to Alleviate Poverty

Erica Kohl-Arenas (Oakland, California: University of California Press, 2015)
January 13, 2016

According to author Erica Kohl-Arenas, the limitations of the "self-help approach to poverty alleviation" raises troubling questions about the ability of private philanthropy to improve the lives of the people it claims to serve....