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New Frontiers in Social Innovation Research

This book is open access under a CC BY license. Interest in social innovation continues to rise, from governments setting up social innovation 'labs' to large corporations developing social innovation strategies. Yet theory lags behind practice, and this hampers our ability to understand social innovation and make the most of its potential. This collection brings together work by leading social innovation researchers globally, exploring the practice and process of researching social innovation, its nature and effects. Combining theoretical chapters and empirical studies, it shows how social innovation is blurring traditional boundaries between the market, the state and civil society, thereby developing new forms of services, relationships and collaborations. It takes a critical perspective, analyzing potential downsides of social innovation that often remain unexplored or are glossed over, yet concludes with a powerful vision of the potential for social innovation to transform society. It aims to be a valuable resource for students and researchers, as well as policymakers and others supporting and leading social innovation.

Cruel World

The Early Years: Child Well-Being and the Role of Public Policy (Development in the Americas)

This book is open access under a CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 IGO license. The Early Years analyzes the development of Latin American and Caribbean children and makes a compelling case for government intervention in what is instinctively a family affair. Spending on effective programs for young children is an investment that, if done well, will have very high returns, while failure to implement such programs will lower the returns on the hefty investments being made in primary, secondary, and higher education. Policies for young children belong at the core of a country's development agenda, alongside policies to develop infrastructure and strengthen institutions. However, if the services provided (or funded) by governments are to benefit children, they must be substantially better than what is currently being delivered in the region. This book offers suggestions for improving public policy in this critical area.

INTERNATIONAL BANKSTER$: The Global Banking Elite Exposed and the Case for Restructuring Capitalism (The Underground Knowledge Series Book 5)

Want to know who is covertly manipulating the financial markets behind the scenes? Then follow the money!

INTERNATIONAL BANKSTER$: The Global Banking Elite Exposed and the Case for Restructuring Capitalism, by novelists, filmmakers and independent researchers James Morcan & Lance Morcan, identifies who is responsible for the gigantic financial gulf that separates the top 1% of the population from the common people, or the 99%.

The financial overlords illuminated in this book include the powerbrokers at Wall Street banks, European central banks, the US Federal Reserve and the Vatican Bank, as well as elite banking dynasties such as the Rothschild and Rockefeller families.

INTERNATIONAL BANKSTER$ discloses the real reasons for the series of recent financial crises. These reasons include: the secret world of "black money" and Old World money where most assets and income remain undeclared; the central banking system and the true nature of the Federal Reserve; the less-than-holy financial activities of the Vatican; the IMF and World Bank's sometimes less-than-charitable dealings with the Third World; the austerity measures currently being inflicted on vulnerable nations like Greece; as well as the theory that the world's money supply is essentially being created out of thin air.

Beyond identifying the problems and exposing corruption, INTERNATIONAL BANKSTER$ proposes ideas for creating a fairer economic system. These ideas include: publicly owned banks; utilizing certain aspects of Islamic banking which may be compatible with Western banking systems; exploring whether capitalism and socialism can actually work in tandem; arguing the case to maintain but restructure capitalism; considering the merits of a universal income; and predicting how cybermoney, or cryptocurrencies, will influence the world economy in the coming years.

Though the subjects covered may be monetary issues, that's on the surface only. In reality, they are humanitarian issues. As the authors state in the book's opening pages, "Starving the masses of financial opportunities, sinking them in debt and cheating them out of various services their taxes should pay for, are among the greatest sins those in power can commit."

As governments around the world continue to bail out privately-owned banking institutions ahead of rescuing the millions of citizens facing bankruptcy and eviction from their homes, INTERNATIONAL BANKSTER$ is a timely read.

The New Colombia: Peace and prosperity in sight: the country comes of age

Colombia is usually associated with drug cartels, guerrilla wars and

violence. But the biggest Spanish-speaking country after Mexico is changing.

The economy is already larger, by some measures, than South Africa's; if

peace talks are successful, it will do better still. This free ebook is an

indispensable guide to the new Colombia, reproducing a magazine published

earlier this year by the Financial Times.

FT writers interview President Juan Manuel Santos and profile both the

Bogota establishment and young Colombians to watch. They explore the

development challenges of the Colombian outback and the rise of a new

national export - security expertise ranging from bullet proof fashion to

mercenaries. Essays by Oscar Naranjo, former head of the national police,

and Malcolm Deas, historian, provide further context.

Against Corruption: A book of essays

Corruption is the cancer at the heart of many of the world's problems. It destroys jobs and holds back growth. It fuels instability and terrorism. It traps the poorest in poverty. It even corrodes trust in the sports we love.

In this collection of essays leading politicians, activists, journalists and academics begin a global debate about how we can fight back.

The Land-War In Ireland (1870) A History For The Times

This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

Navigating Through Cryptocurrencies: Introduction, Investing, ICOs, Scams and Interviews

Everything you need to know to start investing into cryptocurrencies. Introduction, opportunities, scams and interviews with cryptocurrency companies.

FREE Introducing Graphic Guide Sampler

Introducing Graphic Guides is the bestselling series which explores big ideas from Quantum Theory to Psychoanalysis using concise, authoritative text and graphic novel-style illustrations.

For the very first time 28 titles are now available in ebook format for all e-reading devices.

This free ebook sampler contains extracts from six books:

Introducing Psychology asks what exactly psychology is, precisely, where has it come from and the extent to which it can be considered scientific.

Introducing Quantum Theory explores bizarre paradoxes which contradict the logic of classical physics in the work of Planck, Einstein, Bohr, Heisenberg, Schrodinger and others

Introducing Islam recounts the history of the religion from the 6th century to its status as a global culture and political force today.

Introducing Statistics book traces the rise of statistics from the ancient Babylonians, Egyptians and Chinese, to the censuses of Romans and the Greeks, and the modern emergence of the term itself in Europe.

Introducing Capitalism tells the story of the remarkable and often ruthless rise of capitalist politics and economics, which have evolved through strife and struggle as much as innovation and enterprise

Introducing Feminism explores women's conscious struggle to resist discrimination and sexist oppression from the 17th century to the present day.

Find out more about the series at introducingbooks.com/ebooks

The 50 Ideas that Shaped Business Today

What were the top 50 ideas, inventions and innovations that created the business

world as we know it today? The Financial Times set out to answer this question with

the help of its readers, reporters and a panel of judges from business,

academia and journalism. The resulting list, initially published as an FT magazine, encompassed technology, energy, aviation, finance, the law and, of course, people, including the power of women as leaders, employees and consumers. This free ebook not only looks at the ideas that created business today; it attempts to predict those that will create the business world of tomorrow - from cars that talk to each other to the disappearance of cash.

The Fables of Fixed Income

According to Apollonius of Tyana, a 1st century philosopher, the fable writer Aesop "made use of humble incidents to teach great truths." Following in this tradition, this simple guide from Aberdeen Asset Management - illustrated by John Devolle - can help anyone to separate fixed income fact from fixed income fiction and encourage them to explore the wonderful and diverse world of bonds.

Debts, Deficits and Dilemmas: A companion workbook for students and teachers

In recent years economists have been re-examining their understanding of macroeconomics in the light of the global financial crisis that began in 2007-08. Did they really understand the problem of asset bubbles? Were they blind to the issues arising from financial innovation? Five years after the 2008 bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers, The Economist published a series of briefs on the financial crisis andits aftermath, which were later published as a book under the title Debts, Deficits and Dilemmas.

This free companion workbook, which is aimed at both economics students and their teachers, includes questions and exercises that students can work through - either on their own or through classroom debate - to help them gain a good understanding of the financial crisis and what has followed it.

China's Belt and Road Initiative: Motives, Scope, and Challenges

China's commercial ties with the outside world have long been symbolized by the ancient Silk Road, which began as a tortuous trading network of mountain paths and sea routes that provided a lifeline for the Chinese economy. Now the leadership in Beijing is reviving the concept with an ambitious plan to build and upgrade highways, railways, ports, and other infrastructure throughout Asia and Europe designed to enrich the economies of China and some 60 of its nearby trading partners. The so-called Belt and Road Initiative has generated enthusiasm and high hopes but also skepticism and wariness. And as big as China's ambitions are, many obstacles stand in the way. In this volume of essays edited by Sean Miner and Simeon Djankov, PIIE experts analyze the initiative's opportunities for China and the world, along with the logistical problems and political, economic, and security implications that have generated concerns.

Impact of Information Society Research in the Global South

The second volume in the SIRCA book series investigates the impact of information society initiatives by extending the boundaries of academic research into the realm of practice. Global in scope, it includes contributions and research projects from Asia, Africa and Latin America. The international scholarly community has taken a variety of approaches to question the impact of information society initiatives on populations in the Global South. This book addresses two aspects- Impact of research: How is the research on ICTs in the Global South playing a role in creating an information society? (e.g. policy formulation, media coverage, implementation in practice) and Research on impact: What is the evidence for the impact of ICTs on society? (i.e. the objectives of socio-economic development). This volume brings together a multiplicity of voices and approaches from social scientific research to produce an engaging volume for a variety of stakeholders including academics, researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and those in the business and civil sectors of society.

How the Euro Was Saved

A vivid and authoritative account of how the eurozone crisis was laid to rest but left a sullen Europe in its wake. This ebook expands and updates an investigation published by the Financial Times in 2014. Peter Spiegel, the newspaper's bureau chief in Brussels, takes the reader deep into the corridors of power to tell a piece of history that will go down as one of Europe's defining moments. How the Euro was Saved is required reading for anyone with an interest in European history and current affairs and follows in the footsteps of the FT's best selling ebook, If Greece goes...

Principles of Economics

Principles of Economics covers scope and sequence requirements for a two-semester introductory economics course. The authors take a balanced approach to micro- and macroeconomics, to both Keynesian and classical views, and to the theory and application of economics concepts. The text also includes many current examples, which are handled in a politically equitable way.

Principles of Microeconomics for APĀ® Courses

Principles of Microeconomics for AP(R) Courses covers scope and sequence requirements for an Advanced Placement(R) microeconomics course and is listed on the College Board's AP(R) example textbook list. The text includes many current examples, which are presented in a politically equitable way. The outcome is a balanced approach to the theory and application of economics concepts.