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Views from the Center


Todd Moss and I are both big fans of the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR), so we were delighted when the editors agreed recently to publish a short version of our essay, Building a Think and Do Tank: A Dozen Lessons from the First Dozen Years of the Center for Global Development. For the busy reader who nonetheless has a passing interest in what we think makes CGD tick, it’s here.

Are these lessons of interest beyond the walls of CGD? It’s hard for us to say but we are very pleased that Enrique Mendizabal at On Think Tanks believes that they should be (see here, here, and here).


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