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Josh Burstein
Josh founded the Millennial Youth Professionals Initiative (MyPi), a non-profit that exposes inner-city students to what lies beyond the horizons of a high school diploma.

Josh directs digital content with Tom Steyer to bring climate change to the forefront of American politics.

Josh previously worked in digital for President Obama's reelection campaign, business development for the Government of Israel and helped manage @CharlieSheen's social media. Josh is likely the only thing all three have in common.

Entries by Josh Burstein

Susan's 'Little Piece of Heaven' (VIDEO)

(1) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 4:36 PM

Susan comes from New York, her husband, California. I had the privilege of meeting the Dunavans on the Nebraska farmland they have called home for over three decades. Unfortunately, they did not have the foresight during Reagan's first term to avoid settling in the path of today's proposed Keystone XL...

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Impact Starts With Development

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 4:22 PM

I'm discovering the enormity of all the unavoidable realities associated with establishing a fully functional nonprofit. The day-to-day requires consistent manpower, which in turn requires organizational tools and resources contingent on managing money -- that's what keeps the proverbial lights on.

I rarely want to think about...

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Asian Jewish Americans for Obama (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 6:54 PM

The Washington Post just released an article about "How Asian Americans became a key White House constituency." Clearly they just caught on to this video from November:

When it comes to "The Issues" such as comprehensive immigration reform, Obama's grassroots efforts demonstrate a commitment to all constituencies, no matter their religion, race or...

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Recapping a Badger Game of Thrones

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2013 | 4:31 PM

The year was 2010, and the loss of Senator Russ Feingold signaled the ringing in of a dark winter in Wisconsin.

Such unexpected events should not happen to a protagonist: two decades of dynamic service working across party lines, the lone public servant in the realm to vote against the...

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Obamaland Revisited

(2) Comments | Posted January 20, 2013 | 3:04 PM

I spent the best part of last year in the trenches working for President Obama's reelection. Less metaphorically, I saw more dairyland than trenches as I plied back and forth across the battleground state of Wisconsin, periodically dropping by Obama campaign headquarters in Chicago.

At Obama HQ, there was...

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The Weird and Wild West Coast Vibe of OccupyLA

(1) Comments | Posted November 28, 2011 | 10:51 AM

Downtown at OccupyLA, it's dirty, it's weird. As diverse as it gets.  Is it hard to distinguish a general assembly from a smoke sesh? Yes. Are more people doing sun salutations and downward dog than shotgunning their resume to Pretty sure.

In the wake of last night's forceful evacuation,...

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An Ill-Considered And Heroic Climb Up Mount Olympus

(1) Comments | Posted November 2, 2011 | 9:10 AM

In the last month, three of my close friends accomplished some amazing feats: my J-School classmate completed the Chicago marathon, my coworker climbed Mount Whitney on his day off and The Good Badger just finished a thruhike of the Appalachian Trail.

I needed a quest of my...

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Notes From A Novice Backpacker In Greece

(0) Comments | Posted October 19, 2011 | 4:10 PM

I did not take an impromptu trip to Greece to assume the role of embedded journalist. I just wanted to take my first real vacation and climb Mt. Olympus to high-five Zeus. So take this rant with a grain of salt, it's coming from a typical American tourist, uneducated on...

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Identifying Community Leaders

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2011 | 10:12 PM

I was privileged to explore space with six kids from South Central LA last week. MyPi, a new non-profit devoted to empowering inner-city youth, takes teens on fun field trips to cool workplaces. On this visit behind the scenes of SpaceX, something very exciting happened in...

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Shoes and a Slice of MyPi for Several Inner-City Scholars

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2011 | 4:45 PM

I grew up as the son of an academic, hopping from campus to campus while my father pursued tenure. It was a charmed gypsy life, as I had the pick of the litter of cute undergraduate babysitters. The thought never crossed my mind that I would not go to college.

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The Booze News

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2010 | 11:59 AM

Madison, Wis., is the only city that employs an Alcohol Policy Coordinator, a position created solely for a town that has roughly one bar for every 500 people. I am a recent alumnus of the University of Wisconsin, and I can assure you that many undergraduates aim to shed their...

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The Generation in the Bubble

(4) Comments | Posted November 11, 2010 | 2:15 PM

When I was in utero, Paul Simon recorded the song "The Boy in the Bubble." It bounces, it prophesies. It tells the story of modern times: of life-saving technology and still unremitting violence. Simon was talking directly to the Millennial generation when he sang out: "These are the days of...

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