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Prime Time Innovation: Why Audiences Can't Get Enough of 'Shark Tank' and Other Entrepreneurial Reality TV Shows

Robert F. Brands | Posted 09.25.2015 | Business
Robert F. Brands

Move over rose wielding bachelors and cha-chaing celebutantes, reality TV has crowned a new ratings darling: ABC's "Shark Tank."

Thanks, Ben Carson, for Killing the American Dream for So Many Children

Mallika Chopra | Posted 09.22.2015 | Politics
Mallika Chopra

That Dr. Ben Carson, a black man who is running for President, has said a Muslim should not be President of the United States just killed the American dream for many children and their parents in this country and the illusion that America stands for something greater -- equality and dignity for all.

GOP: No Bootstraps For You, Baby!

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 09.21.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

In a GOP field filthy with candidates who kiss up to corporate bosses and systematically suppress workers' wages, Walker is a stand out. But the whole motley GOP crew is determined to do whatever it takes to deny workers and their children economic mobility.

Instructions on Wanting

Beth Lapides | Posted 09.30.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Beth Lapides

Want what you have. And have a dream. Know that when that dream comes true it will include all sorts of things you might appear to not want. Want this dream to come true anyway. And want to have new dreams. And know the things you appear not to want are part of the golden crack.

Rethinking the American Dream Ahead of the Paris Talk

Andrew Lam | Posted 09.11.2015 | Green
Andrew Lam

Once upon a time, frugality was also a virtue in America, but that no longer seems to be the case. These days the average American produces about 130 pounds of garbage each month.

Waiting in Line to Become Poor

Lisa Nichols | Posted 09.11.2015 | Impact
Lisa Nichols

Not so long ago, I waited in line to "officially" become poor. That's what it feels like when you're forced to apply for food stamps. When you're broke and starving. When the father of your 8-month-old son apologizes to you from a dingy phone behind prison bars.


prisca dorcas mojica rodriguez | Posted 09.01.2015 | Latino Voices
prisca dorcas mojica rodriguez

they said a lot of things about college. turns out they fuckin lied.

Report From Purple America: Donald Trump, Anger and the Diminishment of the American Dream

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 08.26.2015 | Entertainment
Stuart Muszynski

In the recent Republican Debate, Ohio Governor John Kasich commented that Donald Trump has struck a cord in America -- that people are angry and fed up. Since then, Trump has continued his ascent in the polls and the reality of this anger has set in.

Donald Trump's Endgame

Stu Kreisman | Posted 08.24.2015 | Entertainment
Stu Kreisman

FOX and the Republican elites have been playing the long game in the shadows. They thought they had their men in Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush. What they didn't foresee was a celebrity billionaire with nothing to lose. Trump was also playing the long-game except right out in the open for all to see. And he is the one who might very well succeed.

The Crisis of the So-Called "American Dream"

Avi Sholkoff | Posted 08.21.2015 | College
Avi Sholkoff

There once existed an American Dream. The idea that college education lifts someone to new heights. The idea that America allowed immigrants escaping their troubled homelands a place to start anew.

How To Honor Your Dreams So You Can Live Regret-Free

Ann Davis | Posted 08.11.2015 | Impact
Ann Davis

Do you have a dream? If so, don't regret not chasing it; it's never too late. The cold, hard truth is that time is not on your side. So stop putting off chasing your dream.

China's Post '90s Generation: New Minds, Old World

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 08.11.2015 | Business
Tom Doctoroff

Twenty years ago, China's engagement with the world had barely begun. The Internet was accessible to only the privileged few. Parents still espoused "protective" values reinforced by their experiences during the instability of two man-made disasters.

America in Black and White

Aaron Caleb Bardo | Posted 08.04.2015 | Media
Aaron Caleb Bardo

The process of change begins with us and ends with us. Through social media and grassroots movement we can unite our colors as we did on June 26, 2015. We can inspire American Dreams for generations to come before the riots begin, before the violence turns viral.

The American Dream + The Chinese Dream = A New World Dream

Kim Dramer | Posted 07.31.2015 | World
Kim Dramer

China is on the path of national revival, the so-called Chinese Dream. As part of the Chinese Dream, the Chinese envision a new version of the famous Silk Roads, the caravan routes that linked Asia with the West.

Higher Education and the American Dream

John A. Roush | Posted 07.28.2015 | College
John A. Roush

It's a fair assessment to say that the business model of higher education in this country is broken. How we reached this point is complicated, and the biggest casualty of this sad state of affairs may be the American dream itself.

The New 'Why' That Will Restore America to Greatness

Christine Horner | Posted 07.23.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Christine Horner

This country is going through an identity crisis. Perhaps the whole world is. This isn't the identity crisis of gender, race, or sexuality that is c...

How Hollywood Preys on Our Deepest Fears

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.21.2015 | Entertainment
Van Winkle's

Night after night, we lose ourselves in sleep, ever optimistic that our dreams will bring comfort, inspiration and pleasure. That's not always the case, of course. Our fears can manifest in our slumbering minds and even attack our vulnerable souls.

Tamara Jacobs' Your Ultimate Success Plan is the Get-Off-Your-Ass Book of the Year

Xaque Gruber | Posted 07.20.2015 | Books
Xaque Gruber

Tamara Jacobs knows what she's talking about when it comes to moving ahead in the business world. When Fortune 500 companies like Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Bayer, Merck, Novartis, Revlon, and others need advice with their branding and image, they call Tamara.

Delusion in the Desert

Robert Kuttner | Posted 07.12.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

A year ago, the script for 2016 was sealed -- Clinton II versus Bush III: advantage Clinton. But Jeb Bush's nomination is far from certain and Bernie Sanders is giving Clinton a run for her money. Indeed, her money is more liability than asset. If Rubio can win over the Republican base, he'd likely be the most trouble for Democrats.

Finding My Mother and My American Identity

Joel Peterson | Posted 07.14.2015 | Impact
Joel Peterson

Americans may be equal, but we are not all the same. It is the willingness of one American to defend the right of another to be different -- to think, to believe, to live in ways and to say things that one may vehemently dislike. But we will act to defend this differentness, this right to be free and unique -- even at risk of death.

Banking On an Affordable New York

Keith Mestrich | Posted 07.01.2015 | New York
Keith Mestrich

The banking community has an opportunity to restore this trust and make good on our social contract with customers, communities, and policymakers. We should start by investing in homeownership, which has always been the foundation of the American Dream.

Detroit in Berkeley: A Giddy Treatment of an American Nightmare

Leo Stutzin | Posted 06.28.2015 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

It's a Saturday Night Live skit extended to some 90 minutes, delivered with over-the-top goofiness that keeps an audience roaring and leaves any serious concerns outside the theater door.

5 New Crises of Democratic Capitalism: Ideas on Solutions, Anyone?

Don Tapscott | Posted 06.25.2015 | Business
Don Tapscott

Democratic capitalism arose hand-in-hand with the industrial age. If it's to survive the transition to a knowledge age and the digital economy, it will have to change -- profoundly.

Some Homeowners May Never Come up from Underwater

Jorge Newbery | Posted 06.18.2015 | Impact
Jorge Newbery

Remember your childhood summers when you held your breath underwater so long that your head felt ready to explode? For millions of homeowners in America today, being underwater too long has a different impact: they implode.

Sharad in Dialogue With Novus Conference Co-Founder, Kunal Sood

Sharad Khare | Posted 06.09.2015 | Impact
Sharad Khare

I recently was invited by the Co-Founder of the Novus Conference, Kunal Sood to attend and play a very special role in capturing the digital stories of the keynote speakers at the first Novus Conference held in San Francisco, at the Battery.