Welcome to Friday Notes by Ruth Levine. I write weekly notes about topics that interest me: what global citizenship means, the use of data and evidence for social progress, how organizations work (and don’t), the paradoxes of philanthropy, and more. When they do something cute, I…
Anthem, by Leonard Cohen The birds they sang At the break of day Start again I heard them say Don't dwell on what Has passed away Or what is yet to be…
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Dear Friends, At last weekend’s double-commencement festivities, I heard the university president hand out degrees to a total of 16 groups of…
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Dear Friends — It’s graduation weekend at our house — a twofer, celebrating both a 2022 college graduate and a 2020 graduate of the same college who is…
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Dear Friends — Understanding what’s underneath and ahead of the letters, D, E, I, and B is one of the most challenging responsibilities of contemporary…
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Dear Friends — I have had this experience too many times: on an international trip, at the receiving end of questions that are nigh on impossible to…
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Dear Friends — Are you suffering from friggatriskaidekaphobia? I mean, are you paraskevidekatriaphobic? If so, today has probably been a rough day for…
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Dear Friends — Have you ever had one of those times when all you wanted was for everyone else to stop working so that you could catch up? That was my…
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