Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project (CNP) The Johns Hopkins Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project (CNP) is the largest systematic effort ever undertaken to analyze the scope, structure, financing, and role of the private nonprofit sector in countries around the world in order to enrich our understanding of this sector, and to provide a sounder basis for both public and private action towards it. Begun in 1991, this project grew out of an increased need for basic information about civil society organizations following a dramatic “associational revolution.” This revolution forced a reappraisal of the respective roles of the market and the state focused new attention on the role of private, nonprofit organizations; however, despite this growing importance, these organizations remained poorly understood almost everywhere, making it difficult to determine their capabilities or to attract attention to their challenges. Objectives This project aims to:
Adam Michnik Family Adam Michnik was born in Warsaw, Poland, to a family of Jewish communists. His father, Ozjasz Szechter, was the first secretary of the Communist Party of Western Ukraine, and his mother, Helena Michnik, was a historian, communist activist and children's book writer. His half brother (on his mother's side), Stefan Michnik, was a judge in the 1950s during the Stalinist period and has been accused of passing death sentences on Polish resistance movement soldiers. His half brother (on his father's side), Jerzy Michnik (b. 1929), settled in Israel after 1957, and then moved to New York. Education Center for nonprofit sector research About Centre for Nonprofit Sector Research The Centre for Nonprofit Sector Research (in Czech: Centrum pro výzkum neziskového sektoru, or CVNS) is a research institute of Masaryk University, based in its Faculty of Economics and Administration. Its economists, historians, lawyers, sociologists and political scientists research the current state of the Czech nonprofit sector and civil society and study their development from the perspectives of their academic disciplines and in cross-disciplinary and cross-national contexts. The Centre conducts both basic and applied research, as well as offering an education programme to graduate and postgraduate students.
Infographic: Give Local America 2015 Results—the Bigger Picture $68.5 million raised. 375,000+ gifts received. 9,000+ nonprofits benefited. By now you’ve probably heard about the impressive results from the second annual Give Local America, a nationwide, Kimbia-powered crowdfunding event held on May 5, 2015; but when did donors give and to which causes? Which ten nonprofits raised the most? What are some examples of how this year’s event impacted local communities?
How to Measure Civil Society Editors Introduction Civil society has become an important concept in the social sciences, and has emerged as a central topic among policymakers and practitioners alike. With such prominence comes a need for clearer understanding, better information and ways to position civil society and its various dimensions in the context of economy, polity and society at large. In this feature, Helmut K. Anheier, director of the Centre for Civil Society based at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Lisa Carlson, research assistant at the Centre, discuss the various definitions and the complexities of civil society. A phenomenon as complex and multifaceted as civil society invites a variety of definitions and attempts to capture its "conceptual essence". Even though the concept of civil society has become prominent in the social sciences, it remains somewhat unclear and even contested in terms of its actual meanings and uses.
TSRC - Third Sector Research Centre The Third Sector Research Centre works to enhance knowledge through independent and critical research. In collaboration with practitioners, policy makers, and other academics, we explore the key issues affecting charities and voluntary organisations, community groups, social enterprises, cooperatives and mutuals. News The Best Free Workout Videos on YouTube Now that the holidays are creeping around the corner, you may have to break up with your regularly scheduled sweat sessions, at least temporarily. And though the most wonderful time of the year may interfere with your fave spin class or butt-kicking bootcamp routine, it’s completely possible to stay fit—all you need is an Internet connection and a little living room space. (OK, and maybe a few props here and there.) And it’s all thanks to these seriously excellent, totally free YouTube videos.
Global peace index 2014: every country ranked The world has become less peaceful each year since 2008 according to 2014's Global Peace Index (GPI), put together by the Institute for Economics and Peace. The continued conflict in Syria, deteriorating situation in Ukraine and civil war in South Sudan helped contribute to the trend. The last year's fall in global peace was mostly attributable to drops in four of the 22 indicators used to put together the index: Terrorist activity Number of internal and external conflicts foughtNumber of displaced people as a percentage of the populationNumber of deaths from organised internal conflict The ongoing civil war in Syria has made it into the world's least peaceful nation, with the country dropping below Afghanistan who held the spot last year. Just above those two is South Sudan, which registered the biggest fall in peace of any this year following the internal violence that began last December.
Image Scaling using Deep Convolutional Neural Networks — Flipboard Engineering This past summer I interned at Flipboard in Palo Alto, California. I worked on machine learning based problems, one of which was Image Upscaling. This post will show some preliminary results, discuss our model and its possible applications to Flipboard’s products. High quality and a print-like finish play a key role in Flipboard’s design language. Civil society Civil society is the "aggregate of non-governmental organizations and institutions that manifest interests and will of citizens." Civil society includes the family and the private sphere, referred to as the "third sector" of society, distinct from government and business. Dictionary.com's 21st Century Lexicon defines civil society as 1) the aggregate of non-governmental organizations and institutions that manifest interests and will of citizens or 2) individuals and organizations in a society which are independent of the government. Sometimes the term civil society is used in the more general sense of "the elements such as freedom of speech, an independent judiciary, etc, that make up a democratic society" (Collins English Dictionary). Especially in the discussions among thinkers of Eastern and Central Europe, civil society is seen also as a concept of civic values. One widely known representative of this concept is the Polish former dissident Adam Michnik. Etymology
Flexible CSS cover images I recently included the option to add a large cover image, like the one above, to my posts. The source image is cropped, and below specific maximum dimensions it’s displayed at a predetermined aspect ratio. This post describes the implementation. Demo: Flexible CSS cover images Global Peace Index Global Peace Index Scores, 2014. Countries appearing with a deeper shade of green are ranked as more peaceful, countries appearing more red are ranked as less peaceful. The Global Peace Index (GPI) is an attempt to measure the relative position of nations' and regions' peacefulness. It is the product of the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) and developed in consultation with an international panel of peace experts from peace institutes and think tanks with data collected and collated by the Economist Intelligence Unit. The list was launched in May 2007 and updates have been made on an annual basis since then. It is claimed to be the first study to rank countries around the world according to their peacefulness.
Small Dollars, Big Impact for D.C. Political Fundraising Guru Jonathan Zucker wants to make it clear that he’s not trying to bribe Congress. Reward lawmakers for voting a certain way? Sure. But bribery?