Getting Into Social Debt–And Getting Out

In Silicon Valley, companies discuss and worry about their “technical debt.” That’s the friction caused by the accumulation of bad design choices, expedient compromises, avoided decisions, and postponed work. Enough technical debt makes your product less attractive and your company less capable. In providing social goods, we incur an analogous “social debt” for many...

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Benchmarking Social Goods

Public goods providers are often monopolies. Thus, they don’t face direct competition. Citizens can’t choose from multiple local vendors for driver’s licenses or building permits. But, citizens can compare the service they receive with their social goods with the service that they get from private sector providers....

urban trees are important infrastructure

Urban Trees–And The Rest Of Nature–Are Critical Public Infrastructure

Urbanization continues, but urban can’t mean completely paved and mechanized. For protection, sustainability, and happiness, we must align our cities with the natural systems where we build. We need to be consciously designing, funding, and distributing nature in our cities. Urban trees, and nature more broadly, need to be treated as critical infrastructure for...

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