Por Robert Pantzer The movie Moneyball is based on the true story of Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane (played by Brad Pitt). Beane took over the As in 2002, when the team was mediocre and lacking the deep pockets of some of its rivals. Beane hired Peter Brand, a young Yale economics graduate with radical ideas about how to assess players' value. Rather than … [Read more...] about Machine Learning and Money Ball: Lessons for Domestic Violence Prediction and Prevention
By Joel Korn After the recent protests in Baltimore, Maryland, there was discussion among commentators in newspapers and talk shows in the US on how we all have a responsibility in responding to the marginalized, disaffected population that took to the streets over several days in, at times, violent protest. President Obama commented on the troubling situation and promoted … [Read more...] about Violence reduction, the responsibility of all – but where’s the private sector?
Ilona Szabó de Carvalho More than a decade ago, Ilona Szabo de Carvalho left a comfortable career in finance to try to make the world a safer place. She became a “civil society diplomat” working on gun control and drug policy reform. Along the way she has learned a number of lessons, four of which she shares in a TED Global talk. Brazil has a terrifying record when it … [Read more...] about Too many are killed in Brazil. Here’s four things I learned trying to change that
By Robert Muggah Second part of a series on fragile cities Owing to unprecedented migrations to cities in the South, managing urban crime and violence is becoming one of the most significant public policy challenges of our times. The happiness and quality of life of literally billions of citizens – their health, their education and their personal safety - depends on … [Read more...] about Four ways fragile cities can avoid becoming failed cities
By Robert Muggah First of two posts on urbanism and violence The sheer pace and scale of urbanization is precipitating one of the most dramatic demographic shifts in human history. More than half of the world’s population now resides in cities. At least 500 cities have populations greater than one million, including over 28 megacities with ten million or more inhabitants. … [Read more...] about The dangers of urban fragility