At the time, Google Flu Trends was an accomplishment in big data. An algorithm scoured years of web logs and searches to create a predictive model for flu outbreaks supposedly more superior than government models. However, the project failed miserably as early as 2009, when it completely missed a swine flu outbreak. A great read on how more data isn’t necessarily better – you just need good data to do good analysis.
The Stanford Social Innovation Review with another great discussion on innovation and what it takes to be a social innovator today. Experimentation and openness are the tickets across sectors and from small projects to big overhauls.
USAid launched a public-private partnership this week to tackle extreme poverty through technology and science-based solutions. The program includes a global fellows program for researchers and will be an effort of USAid, corporations, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, universities and other organizations.
Speak Your Silence is a nonprofit organization that helps and advocates for victims of childhood sexual abuse. They aim to conquer the stigma of sexual abuse and offer free counseling, among other services, to victims. Here is a new product-based campaign, called The Stich, they are launching to increase awareness around their cause.
There has been pretty significant buzz recently around projects that offer “conditional cash transfers” to those in extreme poverty. The debate is fierce around whether or not they actually provide a solid foundation for poverty alleviation. Read this article, and then this one from SSIReview, which has an opposing view.
The need for partnerships, even within the nonprofit and development communities, is increasingly well-documented and argued for. Here is a great piece by Barbara Van Dahlen, the founder of Give an Hour, on how collaborative projects are needed to create lasting social progress.
“Why giving away our wealth has been the most satisfying thing we’ve done.” In this TED Conference video, Bill and Melinda Gates discuss why philanthropy has become the core of who they are and what they pursue.
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