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The Fool's Guide to Life After School

David Trumble | Posted 02.18.2013 | Home
David Trumble

I loosely consider this "The Fool's Guide to Things You Won't Truly Realize for About 10 Years." And like your futures, they shall be told in no particular order.

President Elizabeth Warren

Stephan Richter | Posted 02.10.2013 | Home
Stephan Richter

2016 will be the year of the woman in U.S. presidential politics. By electing a woman as president in 2016, the United States can finally leave the era of male-dominated politics at the top to Russia and China. Next, imagine that woman is Elizabeth Warren.

Note to Italy: Please Send Us More Saracenos

William K. Black | Posted 02.05.2013 | Home
William K. Black

Italians have to choose. They can continue to waste the talents of millions of Italians, particularly their young, through Great Depression levels of unemployment. Alternatively, Italy could decide to end its recession, employ its people and create a group of world class universities.

The Rise of the Independents

Judy Frankel | Posted 02.04.2013 | Home
Judy Frankel

We're going to little league games, antique shows, NASCAR events, the mall, acting as homework helper or cabby to the kids: How can we be bothered to pay attention to politics?

Born to Run: How Immigrant Entrepreneurs Are Shaping the U.S. Economy

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 12.03.2012 | Home
Victoria Silchenko

Someone might ask 'so what,' but I am asking 'what?' What makes us -- people with accents -- become entrepreneurs here in the United States?

The Latino Vote Goes Far Beyond Immigration

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 01.30.2013 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

Is "big" vs. "small" government even a valid question anymore? A robust defense of entrepreneurship and the private sector is still politically popular, but Latinos -- like many younger Americans - don't see this as mutually exclusive with more government.

Restoring Our American Dream

Michael Farr | Posted 11.28.2012 | Home
Michael Farr

Elections are over, politicians continue to bicker, and Greece insists on furthering their already impressive implosion. Thanksgiving may help if it can bring to mind those seminal American values that are the foundation and bedrock of our country.

The Asian-American Dream

Andrew Phu Quoc Nguyen | Posted 01.21.2013 | Home
Andrew Phu Quoc Nguyen

Socioeconomic diversity is a good marker of a strong institution. However, social affirmative action pertaining to Southeast Asians has only partially fulfilled its legacy.

Bleeding Competitiveness: Americas New Immigrant Entrepreneurs -- Then and Now (Infographic)

XPRIZE | Posted 01.20.2013 | Home

By Vivek Wadhwa Vice President of Academics and Innovation, Singularity University. A new Kauffman Foundation study finds that the number of high-te...

Twilight of the Old White Guys

Mark Morford | Posted 01.13.2013 | Home
Mark Morford

This doesn't mean it's going to be easy. This doesn't mean it's going to be smooth or fun or make any sort of cohesive sense. Not by a long shot. And ...

'Shh-Thanks-Givin': My First Thanksgiving in America -- A Former Refugee Remembers

Andrew Lam | Posted 01.14.2013 | Home
Andrew Lam

We had arrived in America with nothing but rags in our backpacks and a few ounces of gold that my mother had tucked into her money belt. An impoverished aunt took us all in. Soon there were 10 people crowding together in Auntie Lisa's tiny two-bedroom apartment in San Francisco.

Next Economy, Buddhist Economy

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted 01.12.2013 | Home
Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

We don't just need more jobs, we also need a rehab of the American dream. To build a new economy we have to let go of the old dream, of that American dream that equates work with necessary evil.

An American Dream for All

Jim Kirsch | Posted 01.12.2013 | Home
Jim Kirsch

It is my belief that our nation can and will make meaningful progress in putting Americans back to work, and here are four good news reasons why.

Protecting the American Dream Should Be the President's Top Priority

Nitin Nohria | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Nitin Nohria

Many people equate the American Dream with the attainment of a set of possessions -- a car and a home or a rising standard of living. Those are certainly desirable, but the more important element differentiating the U.S. economy from most others is social mobility.

We Live in a New World

Ginnie Love | Posted 01.08.2013 | Home
Ginnie Love

Today I wake and I am not a therapist or teacher, but a student. I am a humble student in awe of the new world in which we live.

The Future Has Voted

Rosario Dawson | Posted 01.07.2013 | Latino Voices
Rosario Dawson

They've come out of the shadows to fight for their families and themselves. And now, the ones who can have shown that they will vote -- and that makes me explosively optimistic about our shared future.

Prosperity, Privilege and Power: My New American Dream

Jessica R. Dreistadt | Posted 12.29.2012 | Home
Jessica R. Dreistadt

If we want prosperity, we need to act with integrity. If we want privilege, we need to share and to serve. If we want power, we need to release our hold on it -- or rather its hold on us. And we need to do so freely, consistently and compassionately.

America Is Awesome

Michael Shammas | Posted 12.25.2012 | Home
Michael Shammas

America has problems that should be fixed, but the fact is that in much of the world -- including the war-torn country my parents come from -- people would kill to have our problems.

52 Reasons to Vote for Obama: #24, Supreme Court Appointments

Bernard Whitman | Posted 12.25.2012 | Home
Bernard Whitman

Electing Romney would be devastating to the future of the Supreme Court and the country. If Romney is elected and Ginsburg retires, over the next four years a real shift in power would occur.

This Openly Gay, South Asian Stand-Up Comic Isn’t Giving Up On His American Dream

Vidur Kapur | Posted 02.02.2016 | Home
Vidur Kapur

I'm one of the first out gay South Asian comics, and I know that I will not be the last, because amidst the jokes and laughter, I know that I can and will inspire someone else to realize that no road is closed off. Including comedy.

Mending the American Dream

Doreen Clark | Posted 12.23.2012 | Home
Doreen Clark

The file cabinet of melancholy justifiably highlights negativity and glass-half-empty metrics; however, our mindset may be detrimental to progress and the mending of The American Dream. We must ask, "What is working?"

Defying Gravity: The History of 40 Years of Wealth Falling Up

Dan Froomkin | Posted 12.22.2012 | Home
Dan Froomkin

Who stole the American Dream? The short answer to the question in the title of Hedrick Smith's new book is: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Wal-Mart. But the longer answer is one heck of a story, told by one of the great journalists of our time.

Is the American Dream Still Worth It?

Toni Feldstein | Posted 12.19.2012 | Home
Toni Feldstein

I'd like us to ask ourselves if our quality of life and our level of fulfillment are as good as we had hoped it would be, or if instead we are letting ourselves be ruled by greed vs. goodness and compassion toward others.

American Dream or Fantasy?

Nelson Davis | Posted 12.18.2012 | Home
Nelson Davis

If you expect the government to somehow guarantee that you'll have a better life than your parents, own a home or be promoted to vice president of a giant corporation, that is more fantasy than a dream.

Dehumanizing Profits: Business 101

Nick Bassill | Posted 12.16.2012 | Home
Nick Bassill

We are becoming cogs in a machine, engineered to control the decisions of us all through advertising and promotions, to get our money through our purchases, and then, as we lose our jobs and businesses, become unwilling consumers to corporate and foreign interests.