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Medic Mobile Launches New Digital Platform

We’re excited to announce that Medic Mobile, which brings mobile technology to health workers in disconnected communities across the globe, has launched a new platform that will allow the hardest-to-reach NGOs, clinics, and health workers access to tools that improve access and quality care. The platform is designed specifically for last mile clinics and health workers and is free and easier to use than ever. We’re excited that this new tool will let Medic Mobile scale beyond the network they already serve.

Learn more at Medic Mobile

Obama Applauds EC’s Efforts to Create High Schools for the New Economy

Emerson Collective, along with leaders in Silicon Valley and beyond, launches a competition to develop the best designs for the next generation high schools. This school redesign initiative will use the best in design thinking, education research and practice, and technology to create new school environments to dramatically increase the engagement and success of currently underserved students.

Read more about the initiative

EC Supports David Pepper for Ohio AG

The race for Attorney General in Ohio is one we ought to watch closely—as our nation’s ultimate swing state, Ohio voters have historically played a key role in presidential elections. In recent years, the state legislature and the current AG have supported measures that make voting more difficult, which could have profoundly negative consequences in the next presidential race.

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Activist Tom Steyer Defends Climate Change Record

We salute environmental activist Tom Steyer’s Politico op-ed that explains his courageous decision to leave Farallon Capital Management to dedicate himself to addressing global climate change.

He states “I could not reconcile my personal values with managing a fund that by mandate is invested in all sectors of the global economy, including fossil fuels.”

Read more at Politico

Scale Smart: Emerson Ideas

By Anne Marie Burgoyne of Emerson Collective

Oftentimes in philanthropy the moonshot question will elevate the notion of how to scale a great idea. Critics sometimes point out that philanthropy is brilliant at seeding pilot programs, but has an uneven track record when it comes to enabling transformative change, or what most of us will refer to as scaling a solution well.

Scale always make for interesting conversation, because it is easy to confuse size of organization with size of impact, easy to value volume of service over quality/sufficiency of service, and tempting to scale models long before they are ready for growth.

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Emerson Ideas: Diversifying Pay for Success Providers

By Anne Marie Burgoyne of Emerson Collective (originally posted at the National Council on Crime & Delinquency)

Pay For Success (PFS) is predicated on capturing future cost savings created by interventions and providing those savings back to service providers—a refreshing and bold idea that rewards execution and good effort. By including impact assessment in the funding model, PFS focuses on concrete and measureable social outcomes after they are achieved and verified.

I like that the PFS approach brings new energy and focus to historically unembraced topics: homelessness, recidivism, workforce development, and foster care, as well as programs that can always benefit from more investment, such as healthcare and education.

But here is the hard part

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Our Next Generation of Civil Rights Leaders

As the country struggles with the tragic shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, MO, Ozy Co-Founder Carlos Watson talks with CNN Live about our country’s next generation of civil right leaders. The list, which includes California AG Kamala Harris and education leader Geoffrey Canada, are national and local individuals who are already making a great impact in the areas of justice and equal opportunity.

Learn more at OZY

US Jesuit Conference calls on WH to End Unsafe Deportation Practices

In a recent The Hill op-ed, Fr. Thomas H. Smolich, SJ, president of the US Jesuit Conference called on the White House to halt dangerous deportation practices. His recommendations include ending all night-time deportations, ending family separation during deportations, and returning identity documents, cell phones and money to deportees.

Read the op-ed at The Hill

Little Over Half of DACA Eligible Youth Apply for Relief

According to a new report by the Migration Policy Institute, only 55 percent of the 1.2m unauthorized immigrant youth who met the criteria for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program have applied for deportation relief. About the results, MPI President Michael Fix says, “On the one hand, the sheer volume of applicants is impressive, on the other, hundreds of thousands of immigrant youth have not yet gained a status that can change their lives in measurable ways.”

read the report and see a state-by-state analysis

Madagascar’s Ecological Challenge

NY Times columnist Thomas Friedman has been writing about an issue that is very close to our partner Conservation International’s heart—Madagascar. He writes about how the country’s ecological challenge is not unlike the Middle East’s political challenge. “The struggle here is all about preserving Madagascar’s natural diversity so its people will have the resilience, tools, and options to ensure a decent future.”

You can learn more about Thomas Friedman’s observations on Madagascar in his “What is News” and “Maybe in America” articles.

Read more at the NYT

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