Mission Statement: "Policy Innovations is a digital magazine devoted to news and analysis examining local solutions to global challenges facing today's interconnected world. We invite commentary focusing on cities, education, environment, food, health, gender, and technology. Our goal is to grow a worldwide equality of voice by challenging conventional wisdom and common assumptions."
This resource collection consists of all the original material commissioned for Policy Innovations. The magazine has its own website, which also features a rich mix of republished material from a wide variety of sources.
"The Third World War Will be About Water" | 04/28/2016 | Innovations Rajendra Singh, known as the "water man of India," believes that critically depleted aquifers around the world can be revived with community effort.
"We are Entering the Rare Metal Age" | 04/06/2016 | Innovations David S. Abraham argues that as we move away from fossil fuels, the demand for the rare metals needed for green technology will increase. Understanding the political, economic,and environmental implications of these elements is at the heart of a sustainable future.
Food Labels, Taxes, and Subsidies—the Egg of Columbus in the Obesity Crisis? | 03/24/2016 | Commentary Food labeling and food pricing do not do much to change this food system; they only address the symptoms. To really make a difference to health (and environmental sustainability), we have to change the system itself.
"Streetfight" by Janette Sadik-Khan | 03/16/2016 | Commentary In "Streetfight" Sadik-Khan breaks down her achievements into replicable ideas for urban planners and traffic engineers everywhere, and she also reminds us that the fight for a better city isn't over.
Fighting Food Waste with Paper and Spice | 03/08/2016 | Innovations At a moment when most of us look to Silicon Valley for the next highly sophisticated technological breakthrough that will change the world, it's increasingly unusual to interview an inventor and designer whose creation neither beeps nor shines.
Claire Nouvian, Guardian of the Deep | 02/22/2016 | Innovations French environmentalist Claire Nouvian has devoted her life to protecting a resource that is largely a mystery to most of us: the deep sea.
Reprivatized Womanhood: Changing Gender Discourse in Contemporary Urban China | 02/16/2016 | Commentary Urban Chinese women face mounting challenges in the contemporary era of "reprivatized womanhood." But it was not always that way.
Southern Africa, a Region Chronically at Risk | 01/25/2016 | Commentary Southern Africa is preparing for a humanitarian disaster. Daniel Sinnathamby, regional humanitarian coordinator for Oxfam in the region, talks about the circumstances that are making this year especially challenging.
"World Hunger: Ten Myths" by Frances Moore Lappé and Joseph Collins | 01/04/2016 | Commentary Chapter by chapter, Frances Moore Lappé and her co-authors demolish the myths that have long prevented us from addressing hunger, and examine the policies that keep people from feeding themselves.
Can the University Help Make Better Cities? | 12/21/2015 | Innovations We need 21st-century institutions for 21st-century urbanization and cities. If we have the courage to reimagine and remake them, universities can be at the heart of this project.
Does the Legally Binding Character of the Paris Climate Change Agreement Matter and, If So, Why? | 12/04/2015 | Commentary How much does the legal form of the Paris outcome matter? Opinions on these questions differ widely.
International Efforts to Curb Emissions: Will Paris Succeed Where Others Have Failed? | 12/02/2015 | Commentary Questioning the effectiveness and capacity of the UN to solve this global problem is highly relevant.
Short-term Goodies versus Long-term Harm: The Ethical Dilemmas of Climate Change | 11/30/2015 | Commentary A conversation with philosopher Stephen Gardiner on how humanity should confront the climate change debate.
Boys and Girls Are Born Equal: The Power of Challenging Gender Norms Early in Life | 11/09/2015 | Innovations A program in India is working to redefine masculinity and the way that children think about their roles in society.
Building Cities from Scratch: Is There a Formula for a Sustainable City? | 11/02/2015 | Commentary In the contemporary urban development industry ideas travel in the context of a commercial transaction in which practitioners are hired to provide a service.
Fighting Obesity Requires a Choice: Profit or Public Health? | 10/15/2015 | Commentary Unless governments take steps to promote healthy diets and discourage consumption of ultra-processed products, chances to stop and reverse the obesity epidemic remain quite slim.
Big Soda Politics: A Call to Advocacy | 10/14/2015 | Commentary It is becoming evident that Big Soda copies the playbook used by Big Tobacco to distract people from the harm caused by cigarette smoking. Although falling soda sales are the results of successful advocacy, there is still a lot of work to do.
How Much More Processed Food Can We Eat? | 10/13/2015 | Commentary Food policies for the 21st century will be about the purpose of markets and the need to hold marketers to account for their activities.