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Mike Green
Mike Green is an award-winning journalist, co-founder of ScaleUp America, consultant and leading voice on the innovation economy, economic inclusion and education. Big fan of Inclusive Competitiveness as 21st century vision and economic imperative for a multicultural America.

Entries by Mike Green

Five Bottom Line Reasons Why Employers Should Hire Ex-Felons

(4) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 12:28 PM

There is no city in the nation that's growing faster than the population of 70 million Americans with criminal records. As one of them, former real estate developer R.L. Pelshaw is determined to turn this costly societal burden into an opportunity.

"With criminal records it's difficult for many ex-offenders...
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Trump's Triumph, Fox News' Victory and the Case for Kasich

(12) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 5:02 PM

Say what you will about Donald Trump, but he cannot be ignored. America is fascinated with what he is doing, as the latest NBC/Survey Monkey poll numbers confirm. Trump received 23 percent support and was the first choice of likely GOP voters out of the field of 17...

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Mississippi at the Crossroads of History

(9) Comments | Posted June 28, 2015 | 4:00 AM

It's surreal to be in the south during this time in history. The hot, humid muggy Mississippi weather today was interrupted momentarily by a ferocious thunderstorm that flashed and rumbled over the Capital City, dumping buckets of warm rain in its hurry to race through the region. But neither a...

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Criminal U: America's Most Successful Institution Educating the Poor

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 5:12 PM

Each year, a cohort of more than 600,000 students will leave the chambers of Criminal University (a.k.a. Criminal U or prison). Young men, ages 18 to 25, have the highest probability of returning to this archaic institution that doles out punishment 24 hours a day. According to the...

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Time for Black Parents to Update 'The Talk'

(3) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 11:02 AM

Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis were two unarmed black teenagers killed by the same assailant: an irrational fear triggered inside those who carry the loaded baggage of historical hostility toward America's black boys.

The fear trigger that led to an assailant killing Trayvon was the combination of darkness of night...

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Finally, a Market-Driven Solution to Housing Homeless Families

(1) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 9:53 AM

I often hear voices in the private sector speak of market-driven solutions to many societal needs. Yet, all too often the most pressing needs of destitute families and youth are addressed by charities, churches and nonprofit organizations funded by the taxpayers. Every year, particularly when winter sets in, journalists highlight...

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UNCF, Stanford University Produce Historic HBCU Innovation Summit in Silicon Valley

(1) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 12:38 PM

Where are black tech innovators in America?

It's a good question that was raised in Silicon Valley two years ago when Angela Benton met legendary investor Mitch Kapor and founded NewMe, the first accelerator in Silicon Valley focused on black startup founders. Soledad O'Brien's "

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March on Washington 2013: 50 Years Later, What's Stopping Us Now?

(1) Comments | Posted August 27, 2013 | 3:03 AM

The scene at the Washington Mall on Aug. 24 was surreal. Tens of thousands came to commemorate a historic moment in American history, 50 years ago, when a nonviolent protest brought together two separate and unequal American societies in a clash of cultures. And, as if time had stood still...

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Message to President Obama: Stand Your Ground

(3) Comments | Posted July 28, 2013 | 11:55 AM

President Barack Obama surprised the nation on July 19 with an impromptu press conference in the aftermath of the recent acquittal of George Zimmerman, a self-proclaimed volunteer community watchman who was eventually arrested and charged weeks after admitting to shooting and killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The...

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SXSWedu Launches Next Big Idea: Inclusive Competitiveness

(1) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 4:38 PM

South by Southwest (SXSW) is a massive conference where collaboration is king, and big ideas emerge. It is the innovation and technology platform where Twitter and Foursquare were launched. Starting in early March, more than 3,000 reporters from around the globe will descend upon Austin, Texas, America's fastest growing city...

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The Obama Legacy: Signed, Sealed... Delivered

(2) Comments | Posted December 3, 2012 | 10:45 AM

American voters sent President Barack Obama a clear message on Nov. 6, 2012 when he was re-elected to lead a red and blue divided nation. That message came in the form of his legacy, which was firmly established by the time Obama strode onto the Chicago stage -- accompanied by...

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Oregon's Entrepreneur Environment Set to Explode

(5) Comments | Posted November 14, 2012 | 10:36 AM

In the aftermath of President Obama's historic reelection, the big discussion in Washington D.C. has already shifted to the elephant in the room: the looming battle in congress that will be fought on the precipice of a fiscal cliff.

On the other side of America, however, deep within...

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Closing Tech Innovation Divide and the Wealth Gap

(14) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 5:29 PM

Would you like a $100,000 grant to test an idea or implement an innovation you've developed? That's a question the federal government is asking -- but few minorities are responding.

Each year, federal agencies dole out more than $2 billion in grants to startups, small businesses and...

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Will Romney's Run Expose Lack of Diversity in Private Capital Industry?

(25) Comments | Posted August 31, 2012 | 3:58 PM

The New York Times proclaimed that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was heading into the GOP convention in Tampa, Florida determined to ratchet up the combative rhetoric against President Barack Obama. The reason? He believes it is the best tactic to appeal to white working-class Americans. According to...

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NAACP Misses Major Opportunity With Mitt Romney

(57) Comments | Posted July 17, 2012 | 12:02 PM

A chorus of boos reverberated among the crowd in Houston, Texas at the NAACP convention on July 11 in response to Mitt Romney's public pledge to repeal the new healthcare law, which the Republican presidential candidate referred to as "Obamacare."

Despite the display of discontent, it wasn't Mitt...

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Three Ways to Save America's Black Boys, Pt. 3 of 3

(5) Comments | Posted June 26, 2012 | 7:02 PM

What do you want out of life?

The question cuts to the core of the dilemma facing a vast majority of teenage Black boys preparing to walk down the aisle of "Pomp and Circumstance" into a society about which they know very little. A small percentage of the perplexed will...

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3 Ways to Save America's Black Boys, Pt. 2 of 3

(12) Comments | Posted May 23, 2012 | 10:00 AM

America's Got Talent is a popular television show based upon the search for talented, creative people across America. The idea of a talent show isn't new, of course. We've seen a few before, like The Gong Show, Star Search and American Idol....

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3 Ways to Save America's Black Boys, Pt. 1 of 3

(8) Comments | Posted March 8, 2012 | 2:53 PM

Whenever someone thinks they have few bullet points of supreme wisdom that can save the world, sane people instantly roll their eyes. The insanely curious will, of course, be unable to stop themselves from reading on. You decide which you are.

Here are three ways to save America's Black...

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Daymond John: Investing in America

(1) Comments | Posted January 30, 2012 | 9:35 AM

"The new rules we passed restore what should be any financial system's core purpose: getting funding to entrepreneurs with the best ideas. ... After all, innovation is what America has always been about."
President Barack Obama State of the Union Address Jan. 24, 2012

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Just before...

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Angel Investing in Startups Stimulates Job Growth

(5) Comments | Posted December 21, 2011 | 9:00 AM

Will the next Mark Zuckerberg please stand up?

What are the odds that another young student at a prestigious university will develop an Internet social platform to solve a campus problem, which will ultimately scale to become a national phenomenon? Ari Winkleman may have done exactly that. The Drexel University...

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