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October 2019

Organizations working together: Coordination in interorganizational networks

By Catherine Alter and Jerald Hage Publisher: Sage     Organizational cooperation, collaboration and networking are increasingly being seen as the most effective ways of achieving goals. In this volume, the authors describe the various kinds of organizational collaborations currently taking place in the public and private sectors, and the influence these experiments have on …

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Dealing with complexity in development evaluation: a practical approach

By Bamberger, M., Vaessen, J., Raimondo E. Publisher: Sage Recognizing that complexity calls for innovative, conceptual, and methodological solutions, this unique book offers practical guidance to policymakers, managers, and evaluation practitioners on how to design and implement complexity-responsive evaluations that can be undertaken in the real world of time, budget, data, and political constraints. Introductory chapters …

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Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life

By Naseim Nicholas Taleb Published by Penguin Random House, 2018 Taleb challenges many of our long-held beliefs about risk and reward, politics and religion, finance and personal responsibility. In his most provocative and practical book yet, one of the foremost thinkers of our time redefines what it means to understand the world, succeed in a …

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Social Innovation Generation: Fostering a Canadian Ecosystem for Systems Change

By Geraldine Cahill & Kelsey Spitz Published by J.W. McConnell Family Foundation (2017) Access book The partnership, Social Innovation Generation (SiG), was founded in 2007 with a mission to create a culture of continuous social innovation in Canada. It was born to serve the people changing the very way society works — the people who …

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Globalization and Culture

By Jan Nederveen Pieterse Published by Rowman & Littlefield (2019) Now updated with new chapters on culture and on populism, this seminal text disputes the view that we are experiencing a “clash of civilizations” as well as the idea that globalization leads to cultural homogenization. Instead, Jan Nederveen Pieterse argues that we are witnessing the …

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How far dare an evaluator go toward saving the world?

By Bob Stake American Journal of Evaluation – Volume: 25 issue: 1, page(s): 103-107 – Sage (2004) In this article, Bob Stake explores the idea of skin in the game and asserts that no two evaluators would likely produce the exact same evaluation design and report. He then suggests a new standard for the field …

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Slave labor in the amazon has been linked to suppliers of Lowe’s and Walmart

By André Campos Pacific Standard, 2017 “Products derived from timber extracted by workers living in conditions analogous to slave labor in Brazil are connected to a complex business network linked to the United States market— possibly reaching the shelves of large retailers and being used in renovation of landmarks — according to a new investigation conducted by Brazilian …

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A systems view of life: a unifying vision

By F. Capra and L. Luisi (2014) Publisher: Cambridge University Press This volume integrates the ideas, models, and theories underlying the systems view of life into a single coherent framework. Taking a broad sweep through history and across scientific disciplines, the authors examine the appearance of key concepts such as autopoiesis, dissipative structures, social networks, …

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