Category: Miscellaneous

China’s New Auto Culture

A fascinating and disturbing article in today’s New York Times examines how the Chinese have displayed “an American-style passion for the automobile.” Nowhere is this more apparent than in the city of Shanghai, writes reporter Howard French. “For Shanghai, as for much of China, getting rich and growing attached to cars have increasingly gone hand […]

Investing in Public Life

A couple of years ago, the Pew Partnership for Civic Change and the Kettering Foundation invited me to take part in a series of dialogues among prominent foundation executives and nonprofit directors about the challenges of community-building. While the grantmaking community is reluctant to openly admit it, there is a pervasive sense today that community […]

Post-Tsunami Reconstruction

For the past couple of months, I have been working on a project aimed at assessing post-tsunami reconstruction in Sri Lanka. The question we’re asking is whether the massive relief effort in South Asia is working as intended — whether people are receiving the aid they have been promised, whether they have a voice in […]