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Accountability

The Definition of Insanity at VA

Jim Moore | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
Jim Moore

For five years, VA leadership under Secretary Shinseki apparently continued doing the same things over and over in order to achieve a different outcome. And for five years, President Obama has supported the same secretary who continues to do the same things over and over.

It's Time to Abandon Our Rube Goldberg Accountability Contraptions

Mark A. Elgart | Posted 07.29.2014 | Education
Mark A. Elgart

The preoccupation with students' test scores have sometimes masked -- rather than illuminated -- causes of the real problems confronting our schools.

Performance Measurement in Health Care and Education

Matthew Di Carlo | Posted 07.20.2014 | Education
Matthew Di Carlo

In both the education and health care contexts, among the more common objections to adjusting performance measures is the idea that doing so represents "setting different expectations" for institutions (schools/hospitals) based on the people they serve.

50 Shades of Karma (No Grey Area Here)

Kristen Noel | Posted 07.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Kristen Noel

We've got a credit rating for almost every aspect of our lives, but what about our karma? Is your soul in good standing?

In Pursuit of Brown

Eric Lerum | Posted 07.16.2014 | Education
Eric Lerum

Lots of folks are reflecting on the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. I first realized the true reach of Brown 12 years ago, when I w...

Why Many Unemployed Workers Will Never Get Jobs

Ira Wolfe | Posted 07.07.2014 | Business
Ira Wolfe

The problem with traditional job skill training in many cases is that you can walk a horse to water but you can't make it drink. Far too many workers -- employed and unemployed -- don't seem interested in finding water on their own.

Re-Designing Justice in Liberia

Blair Glencorse | Posted 07.06.2014 | Impact
Blair Glencorse

The design thinking approach helped us understand how to make this service more people-centered and effective over time. It also helped us refine the model in response to feedback and build a communications strategy that works.

Do American Firms Need an Asian Sense of Honor, With Resignations at the Top?

Judith Samuelson | Posted 06.29.2014 | Business
Judith Samuelson

Last week I participated in a small conference of executives and scholars at NYU on the interplay of law and voluntary initiative in setting the tone ...

Transition and Transformation in the Nonprofit Sector: Understanding the Need for For-Profit Best Practices

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 06.21.2014 | Impact
Joseph Amodeo

When I graduated from college with a bachelor of arts in religious studies, working in the nonprofit sector seemed like an appropriate 'fit.' However, now more than ever the sector is in need of students and professionals from a variety of disciplines.

Too Big to Jail? Why Kidnapping, Torture, Assassination, and Perjury Are No Longer Crimes in Washington

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Tthere is but one crime for which anyone in America's national security state can be held accountable in a court of law, and that's leaking information that might put those in it in a bad light or simply let the American public know something more about what its government is really doing.

Joan Moran: 7 Business Skills That Make Your Personal Life Successful

Red Room | Posted 06.19.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Red Room

Do you ever wonder why some people are successful and accomplished in business but not very successful in their personal lives?

Measuring the 'Value' of Higher Education

Michelle Asha Cooper, Ph.D. | Posted 06.15.2014 | College
Michelle Asha Cooper, Ph.D.

In nearly all aspects of life, we want our time and money spent well. Same is true for those in pursuit of higher education.

Business Accountability: Is it time for 'Because We Said We Would?'

John Friedman | Posted 06.14.2014 | Business
John Friedman

Why provide safe work places, reduce negative environmental impacts and in other ways act in a manner in accordance with their articulated values? Perhaps there can be no better reason than -- because we said we would.

No More Alma Maters?

Rev. Dr. Cindi Love | Posted 06.14.2014 | College
Rev. Dr. Cindi Love

We must work together to fix the problems of accountability, accessibility and affordability of higher education for all people living in the United States.

Holding the World Bank Accountable for Reproductive Health Commitments

White Ribbon Alliance | Posted 06.14.2014 | Impact
White Ribbon Alliance

As an advocate for maternal and newborn health, a women who nearly died during childbirth, and a mother of a son and two daughters, I am committed to this issue because I have seen the power of investing in reproductive health, which is not just good politics and sound economics, it is also the right thing to do.

Show Me the Money: How to Make Governments Work

Keith W. McLean | Posted 06.11.2014 | World
Keith W. McLean

One important piece of the puzzle can be summed up thus: Open budgets = transparent budget processes + open data + citizen engagement.

Show Me Yours, I'll Show You Mine

Kristen Noel | Posted 06.10.2014 | Money
Kristen Noel

Some of us cry poverty, some of us boast wealth, but maybe neither of these are accurate -- we may simply be stuck in a bad theory repeating old ingrained behaviors.

Accountability Matters -- Standing Up For Our Right To Know

Arshad Hasan | Posted 06.08.2014 | Impact
Arshad Hasan

From closed bridges in New Jersey, to favors for polluters in North Carolina, to accepting expensive gifts in Virginia from high-dollars donors in loo...

The Inevitability of Transparency as the New Paradigm of Government

David K. Rehr | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics
David K. Rehr

Republicans have an incentive to embrace transparency because it will lead to more efficient government and they will have something "new" to campaign on. Frankly, just talking about balanced budgets and tax cuts do not have the same voter impact they have had in the 1980s.

Make a Difference With a Purpose Driven Business

Lolly Daskal | Posted 05.20.2014 | Business
Lolly Daskal

We are all affected by the way we work, where we work, how we work and who we work for. More and more, we want to earn a living by doing something that involves our heart as well as our mind.

Sri Lankan Government Faces Uphill Battle

Dinouk Colombage | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics
Dinouk Colombage

Pressure on the Sri Lankan government continues to mount as they appear not to be pursuing any genuine plan of reconciliation.

No Blue Jasmine -- Not My Story

Kristen Noel | Posted 04.29.2014 | Entertainment
Kristen Noel

Is that it? At the end of the film Blue Jasmine, Woody Allen leaves his beautiful heroine Jasmine (played by the exquisite Cate Blanchette, currently ...

Tensions Rise Between the United States and Sri Lanka Over Human Rights

Ronak D. Desai | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics
Ronak D. Desai

Allowing these war crimes allegations to go unaddressed would undermine important international legal norms while rendering true reconciliation in the country an even more remote prospect.

Accountability Supports Sustainable Innovation

Robert F. Brands | Posted 04.13.2014 | Business
Robert F. Brands

Without risk there can be no innovation, but what happens when success is finally achieved? In order for innovation to be sustainable it must be driven by a structured management approach that strives for accountability, invention, and re-invention.

Science and God: a Match Made in Biocentric Heaven

Rea Nolan Martin | Posted 04.07.2014 | Religion
Rea Nolan Martin

Way before Einstein's insights and equations, religion was all about light. Religious iconography depicted light in the figurative sense while mystics experienced light in literal terms.