There’s an increasing recognition among foundation leaders that not to be public about failures is essentially indefensible. If something didn’t work, it is incumbent upon you to make sure others don’t make the same mistake.

Foundations Find Benefits in Facing Up to Failures – New York Times

What I’ve always said – own up to your mistakes. There’s no running away from failure. Might as well embrace it and learn from it.

Emily Oster: What do we really know about the spread of AIDS (via TEDtalksDirector)

She argues that basically if people don’t see their lives as valuable, they are less likely to behave in a way to prevent getting infected (ie more partners).