Campaign: Philanthropy

Fund Risky Ideas

Many foundations have distinct programs for funding risky ideas (Gates "Grand Challenges", RWJF "Pioneer Portfolio). The Energy Department has established a new office - Arpa-e - to fund "long shot bets". http://bit.ly/2dYhVO

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Campaign: Environment

Don't Worry About Car Pollution, Worry About Ship Pollution

Because ships are so large and can burn dirty fuel, they are terrible polluters. The 16 worst ships create more sulphur pollution than all automobiles in the world combined. Daily Mail http://bit.ly/cSoq7I

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Campaign: Environment

For Fuel Efficiency, Drop "MPG" For "Gallons Per 10000 Miles"

Since gas-guzzlers use a lot of gas, a small change in efficiency has a big impact. This is not clear by comparing MPG ratings. NYTimes "best of 2008" idea. http://bit.ly/7Mz1wD

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Campaign: Environment

To Combat Global Warming, Forget About CO2, Worry About Methane

Methane only has 75% of the impact of CO2 on global warming, but has short lifespan and is easier to contain. http://ow.ly/QJuy

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Campaign: Health

Birthing mat tracks blood loss

In Bangladesh, a birthing kit now includes a mat that absorbs up to 500ml of blood. If there is more blood than that, it may be a hemorrhage requiring attention. Economist http://econ.st/114YoBI

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Campaign: Education

Get Rid of the TV (Really)

How can we educate our kids if they watch on average 28 hours of TV per week? http://ow.ly/x1ot

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Campaign: Education

Pay Teachers More - If They Give Up Seniority

Washington DC proposes a different approach to teachers' salaries. NYTimes "best of 2008" idea. http://bit.ly/5fAIqz

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Campaign: Finance

Tax Gas

A gas tax would be the single most useful policy intervention to support a green economy. As articulated by Thomas Friedman: http://ow.ly/qevz

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Campaign: Government

Regulate Pundits

Shouldn't we track pundits, and continue listening to only those with the best track records? The Atlantic http://bit.ly/cYSxCC

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Campaign: Management

Don't Work Hard, Just Work Smart

Flickr founder Caterina Fake on why hard work is overrated. http://bit.ly/cxckNS

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Campaign: Global Development

Advance Market Commitments for Vaccines

Drugs and vaccines that developing countries need are underinvested in because companies can't be sure there is a market. Guarantee a market commitment in advance so pharma will do R&D. See http://www.vaccineamc.org

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Campaign: Health

Male Circumcision to Prevent AIDS Transmission

Studies in AIDS-prevalent regions of Africa show a 60% reduction in transmission from woman to man after circumcision. Gates Foundation: http://bit.ly/8T7Gcq

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