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Zoe Amar

Zoe Amar is a non-profit marketing and digital communications consultant. She tweets from @zoeamar and blogs at http://www.zoeamar.com.

How Charities Can Make Their Data Beautiful

24 Apr, 2014

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Today we feature a rather special piece. A friend of the site and digital charity consultant Zoe Amar recently attended the British Library exhibition on ‘Beautiful Data’ – the twist being the focus is on data from as early as 1854. It puts things nicely into perspective when we think of the sudden emphasis on data vizualisation, or for those of us who consider ourselves data pioneers. Florence Nightingale – well known social reformer and founder of modern nursing during the Crimean War – is somewhat less renowned as a leading statistician and early data scientist. Her works are just one of many featured in this truly unique exhibition, running at the British Library until May 26th, and thoroughly worth your time. For those not in London, we hope the following article brings this data to life. 

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Mark Corbett

Assistant Curator, Markets For Good.

The Backlash Against Big Data

23 Apr, 2014

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A recent article in the Economist asks ‘why the backlash’ against data? Several articles have been written across a broad spectrum of established journals/news outlets that are very much anti-big data, yet the Economist responds with a counter point – a counter question even: Are we not just at an early adoption phase, similar to that of the Internet or television? Is this backlash in fact, quite natural?

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Steve Goldberg

Prior to becoming an independent social investment advisor, Steve Goldberg was the Managing Director and General Counsel of Social Finance, Inc., a U.S. nonprofit that works to connect the social sector with the capital markets to finance effective nonprofit organizations driving social change. See www.socialfinanceus.org. He is the author of Billions of Drops in Millions of Buckets: Why Philanthropy Doesn't Advance Social Progress (Wiley 2009).

Interview With Steve Goldberg

22 Apr, 2014

Billions Photo Steve Goldberg has been called “probably the most ambitious man in American philanthropy. He expects the nonprofit world to live up to its own hype and solve — yes, solve — the knottiest social problems. And he has a plan to fix it.” - Authors, Matthew Bishop and Michael Green. Markets For Good caught up with Steve to sharpen the conversation on three questions that cross the implications of the “data” conversation with to his perspective as laid out in the book, Billions of Drops in Millions of Buckets. He is also the founder of Caffeinated Capital.


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Mark Corbett

Assistant Curator, Markets For Good.

30 Data Visualization Tools

21 Apr, 2014

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Today we would like to share with you a simple but highly effective list of data visualization tools for your organization. Assembled by Fast Company, this list brings together all types of software, from fresh looking pie charts, data maps, through to more complex “build it yourself” data visualization tools.

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Eric J. Henderson

Conversation Curator, Markets For Good

A Lesson In Data From Football

18 Apr, 2014

Markets For GoodData has invaded sport. You’ve seen it from Moneyball to football (both “footballs”). But, you’ve probably not heard the player’s perspective on data. And the player has an awful lot at stake. Imagine, on your first day of training camp, being tossed a 4-inch thick playbook and a ticking clock. You have only a few weeks to learn and to convert data into action with impact. For a pro player perspective, we caught up with Michael Sean Batiste, a 14-year IT veteran and a retired NFL athlete who was a member of the Super Bowl XXX World Champion Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League.

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