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August 1, 2022

The Surprising Way Crowd Size Affects Our Tendency to Cheat

Organizations would be wise to understand the psychology behind this phenomenon.

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August 1, 2022

For Those Living in Poverty, Therapy Can Have Benefits Beyond Mental Health

A large study suggests that cognitive behavioral therapy can also improve physical health and economic outcomes.

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July 1, 2022

How to Build a More Diverse Environmental Movement

People of color will disproportionately suffer from climate change, yet there is a striking lack of diversity in mainstream environmental organizations. Broadening what counts as an environmental issue could build a larger, more inclusive coalition.

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June 10, 2022

How to Measure Your Organization’s Social Impact

Smart people and good intentions don’t guarantee success. You need a thoughtful plan to measure what you are actually accomplishing.

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March 1, 2022

Why Accusations of Discrimination Often Morph into Debates about Free Speech

A study of the psychology behind this common rhetorical tactic.

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February 1, 2022

Hoping to Drive Social Change at Work? Here’s a Tip.

Certain social movement hashtags and labels could turn off the allies you want to recruit.

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September 7, 2021

How Did COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories Get So Out of Control?

Misinformation is thriving in an environment where people feel disconnected. Social media isn’t helping.

man in store aisle compares eco-friendly product with conventional product.
July 1, 2021

Are Customers Skeptical of Eco-friendly Products?

New research pushes back on the idea that consumers reflexively distrust the performance of these products.

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June 1, 2021

Why Do Some People See Inequality Where Others Don’t?

A new study helps explain societies’ deeply polarized views on bias and discrimination.

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May 3, 2021

How Do Immigrant Students Affect Their Classmates' Academic Performance?

While previous studies suggested a negative impact, new, more precise research shows these students often boost their U.S.-born peers’ test scores

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April 28, 2021

Why Companies Should Engage with Activists

As calls for social change grow louder, corporations that stay silent risk alienating both customers and employees.

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April 1, 2021

How Debit Cards Are Helping Low-Income Households Save—and Benefiting Their Neighbors Too

A federal initiative in Mexico had huge spillover effects.

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March 1, 2021

There’s an Education Gap Between Rural and Urban Communities. Can Technology Bridge It?

Researchers identified a program that helps rural students learn—and improves their incomes later in life.

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February 17, 2021

Understanding the Rapidly Evolving World of Sustainable Finance

It’s no longer a niche investment strategy—and it has the potential to deliver strong returns.

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February 4, 2021

Big-Time College Athletes Don’t Get Paid. Here’s How This Amplifies Racial Inequities.

A new study finds that much of the revenue from football and basketball, which have a high proportion of Black athletes, gets funneled to predominantly white teams.

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January 4, 2021

A Surprising Benefit of Feeling Ownership over Your Possessions

Owning things can boost our self-esteem. And that, in turn, can make us want to help others.

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December 1, 2020

How Racism Discouraged Volunteer Enlistment Immediately after Pearl Harbor

New research examines what happened when Black and Japanese men, who were battling discrimination at home, were asked to fight injustice abroad.

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October 1, 2020

Researchers Designed an Algorithm to Save Schools Money and Improve Equity. The District Loved it. Then Things Got Messy.

A tale of bus routes in Boston shows the promises and pitfalls of using new technology to change entrenched systems.

To succeed, foreign aid and health programs need buy-in and coordination with local partners.
August 7, 2020

Why Well-Meaning NGOs Sometimes Do More Harm than Good

Studies of aid groups in Ghana and Uganda show why it’s so important to coordinate with local governments and institutions.

Black entrepreneurs enter a bank lobby
July 20, 2020

Black-Owned Businesses Often Struggle to Access Capital. Here’s How Financial Institutions Can Change That.

Banks and investors need to redefine creditworthiness, diversify their boards, and think more about social returns.

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