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Is It Innovation If It Has Been Done Before?

When I joined the World Bank five years ago, I remember someone telling me that we love innovation as long as it’s been done before. Having been hired to manage an innovation practice, I was puzzled. Wasn’t innovation about risk and venturing into the unknown? But as counter-intuitive as it sounds, I’ve come to understand the spirit of the idea and recognize that any innovation ecosystem needs early adopters and scalers.

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British Filmmaker’s Audacious Plan to Bring U.N. Goals to Everyone

How do you eradicate poverty, stop AIDS and HIV, and ensure every child has a primary education and all women have equality? Simple, say the founders of Project Everyone: You connect with every single person on the planet. So far, they’re off to a pretty bold start.

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Who Will Benefit From the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

President Obama is so keen on passing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that he’s asking Congress for fast-track approval. Supporters of the free-trade bill say it will help boost economy, and I don’t doubt that the president believes that to be true. Whether he’s right about that is the subject of vigorous debate among economists.

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EU Nations Lead the Way in Climate Change Prep

The European Union has committed a fifth of its budget to climate change mitigation and adaptation. Judging from those projects now underway, it’s serious about addressing the risk.

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Policy Points: Net Neutrality, Sick Leave and Better Trade

A sustainable economy will depend on policies that will help advance change on a societal level. Here are three important policies that will help – and specific actions you can take.

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EPA’s New ‘Safer Choice’ Label Identifies Healthier Products

Earlier this month, the EPA announced a new labeling program to certify the safety of a number of household chemicals. The Safer Choice label applies to kitchen and bath cleaners, carpet cleaners, and laundry soaps that are certified as having “the safest possible ingredients to make a high-performing product.”

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The Crazy Logic Behind Florida’s Climate Change Ban

Big and small governments have tried through the years to change the vernacular that is used regarding controversial policies they don’t wish to accept. Now the Florida governor’s office has been accused of banning ‘climate change’ references from state communications. But will it make a difference?

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Documentary on China’s Air Pollution Spurs National Debate, Government Censorship

Last week, “Under The Dome,” a biting documentary about China’s air pollution problem went viral in the country, garnering more than 300 million views – the equivalent of more than a fifth of China’s population watching it, according to the Guardian. But on Friday, Chinese video websites deleted the film, under orders from state censors, the New York Times reported.