Weekly Reader – August 10, 2015

What we’re reading and recommending this week. We add to this post throughout the week and look for your suggestions in the comments.

Monday, August 10

Tech’s Enduring Great-Man Myth (MIT Technology Review) The idea that particular individuals drive history has long been discredited. Yet it persists in the tech industry, obscuring some of the fundamental factors in innovation.

Tuesday, August 11

What Do the Poor Need? Try Asking Them (New York Times) To improve poor neighborhoods, the people who live there must have a hand in deciding their own fate.

Wednesday, August 12

Exposing the false prophets of social transformation (Transformation) A growing group of elite storytellers present radical solutions to global problems, but their ideas actually inhibit real change and strengthen the status quo.

Thursday, August 13

Why Every Philanthropist Should Be Active on Twitter (Nonprofit Quarterly) Like all things worth doing, philanthropy requires getting your hands dirty. A good starting point would be for the philanthropist to interact with real people and causes on Twitter.

Friday, August 14

ENGAGE: Building and Harnessing Networks for Social Impact (Rockefeller Foundation) An online guide which offers a series of frameworks, tools, insights, and stories to help funders explore the critical questions around using networks as part of their grantmaking strategy—particularly as a means to accelerating impact.

Nikki Powell

Nikki Powell is PEAK Grantmaking's effective practices director. You can find her on Twitter @nikkiwpowell.

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