What We're Reading and Following This Week
Networked Impact: This is not your grandfather's coalition
This SSIR piece comes from the Executive Director of 100Kin10, a network of academic institutions, non-profits, foundations, companies, and government agencies working to recruit and train quality STEM teachers across the country. "We believe the networked impact approach, which breaks the mold for how organizations collaborate and make change, can be applied to other large, systemic challenges," she writes. "To do that, though, it has to be better understood. To that end, we offer here an overview on how it works."
Spokane Urban Lab will test "smart city" technology
This Next City piece discusses a new public-private-university partnership that aims to answer "some of the thornier questions around smart cities collaborations." For example, "When a privately owned utility installs air quality sensors on their streetlights on city sidewalks, who owns the data? Who governs the partnership?"
Baltimore anchor institutions work together on blight
This article also comes from Next City, focusing on collaboration among several Baltimore institutions in the Homewood Community Partners Initiative, a collaborative approach spearheaded by Johns Hopkins that focuses on "improving safety, removing blight, improving schools, developing commercial and retail space, and creating jobs in 10 nearby neighborhoods and one commercial strip"
If billionaires fund your research, don't take public money
In this opinion piece in Wired, Jim Kozubek takes an interesting look at the changing funding model for scientific research. "Despite even the best intentions," he writes, "the injection of private money into science is creating power alliances and disrupting the longstanding public research-funding model."
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