Category Archives: Civil society

Back in peaceful Merida this week looking at social capital

I am so happy to be back in Merida this week, to follow up on the article I wrote about the Other Mexico last month and to meet many of Mexicans and ex-patriates who wrote me with their comments about … Continue reading

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What’s different this time in Mideast changes?

Author Malcolm Gladwell told Fareed Zaharia on the terrific new CNN program Global Public Square (GPS) that social media role in Mideast uprisings was “overhyped.”  He pointed to successful revolutions that took place pre-Facebook, in particular the fall of the Berlin … Continue reading

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Social capital in the other Mexico…

Apologies for not blogging more recently but I was living and studying in Merida, Yucatan for a month. Here’s an op-ed I just wrote for the Washington Post asking why is it that this city in Mexico is doing so … Continue reading

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At TEDx, Melinda Gates Points to Marketing as Key Gap in Development Impact

Will the development community ever take marketing seriously?  Melinda Gates surprised me in September when she used her worldwide podium at a terrific TEDx on the MDGs and Maternal Health to talk about the power of marketing, what we can … Continue reading

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Comments on new World Bank Social Media Guidelines

Dear World Bank Social Media Working Group:  Congratulations on all the work that has been done this year on Social Media. It’s great that you have opened a consultation on the new guidelines that will be open through Janury 15.  Here … Continue reading

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