OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma may settle legal claims with a new 'public trust' that would still be dedicated to profit

The government has tried to harness profit-driven drugmaking to serve public health before. The results were underwhelming.

David Herzberg, Associate Professor of History, University at Buffalo • conversation
Oct. 21, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: history opioids philanthropy-and-nonprofits opioid-crisis oxycodone business-ethics oxycontin corporate-culture sackler-family purdue-pharma opioid-litigation

How a government-linked foundation could speed the spread of new clean-energy technologies

Similar arrangements already support the National Park Service, the National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies.

David M. Hart, Professor of Public Policy, George Mason University • conversation
Oct. 7, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  innovation  climate-change  carbon  greenhouse-gases  energy-transition  philanthropy-and-nonprofits  innovation-and-invention  us-department-of-energy  process-of-innovation  foundations

Science elicits hope in Americans – its positive brand doesn't need to be partisan

When you ask Americans what the word 'science' brings to mind, a majority respond 'hope.' Using this built-in brand can help communicate important science messages.

Todd Newman, Assistant Professor of Life Sciences Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison • conversation
July 23, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus public-opinion science-communication hope scientists surveys philanthropy-and-nonprofits branding beliefs march-for-science anti-science brands values brand science-of-science-communication

Do people become more selfless as they age?

Brain science suggests that seniors care more about the welfare of others than younger folks do.

Ulrich Mayr, Lewis Professor and Department Head of Psychology, University of Oregon • conversation
April 14, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: neuroscience psychology altruism volunteering giving generosity philanthropy-and-nonprofits philanthropy-and-nonprofit-research

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