Tina Rosenberg recaps some of the biggest ideas in social change over the last year and what they have in common on The New York Times Fixes Blog. Medical-legal partnership is featured.
December 11, 2014
“This year, people in Charleston, S.C., taught young children to read. In Las Cruces, N.M., others cured hepatitis C. And still others treated depression in the slums of Kampala, Uganda.
On the surface, these people have nothing in common — except for being featured in Fixes columns this year. But they are all cousins, in a sense. They all owe their success to one particular strategy.
This year in the Fixes column, we’ve looked at 60 or so ways that people are trying to change the world. Some of these projects are successful, some partially successful, some are failing in ways we can learn from, and some are intriguing ideas that have yet to compile a track record.
The initiatives we’ve covered are — quite literally — all over the map. But there are ideas that unite them, a few strategies that show up over and over again. By connecting the dots we can get a sense of what can work in various contexts to solve many different types of problems. These, then, are Fixes’ nominations for the big ideas in social change of 2014.”