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American Dream

Land of Equal Opportunity? The Power of a Costly Myth

Jon Wisman | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics
Jon Wisman

The myth of fluid upward mobility blinds us to how stacked our system has become against the aspirations of the less well-off, thereby enabling an elite to capture every larger shares of income, wealth, privilege, and control over government while those below receive relatively smaller shares, face fewer opportunities, and command increasingly less control.

America's National Housing Policy in 2015: Destination Unknown

Garrick T. Davis | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Garrick T. Davis

America's national housing policy seems, in a word, adrift: rudderless, following the whims of the prevailing political winds of the day, the ebb and flow of the ocean's tides, wherever they might take us.

Are You Living Your Dream or Someone Else's?

Tajci Cameron | Posted 04.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Tajci Cameron

Do you dream of doing something great in your life, something that will leave a mark after you are gone? Do you wish to ​live the life you are ​m...

A Quiet Revolution in Education Is Underway Across America

Shruti Sehra | Posted 04.19.2015 | Impact
Shruti Sehra

It's easy to get caught up in the headlines that paint the education world as a black and white battle field; 'for this,' 'against that,' a slew of divisive buzz words detracting from the work we can do best together. We're here to put an end to that paradigm.

Why We Love "Better Call Saul"

Michael Friedman, Ph.D. | Posted 04.11.2015 | Media
Michael Friedman, Ph.D.

America has always loved the underdog. After all, the founding of our country was based on a David-and-Goliath struggle against a seemingly indomitable monarchy. The promise of America is that anyone can be successful if they are innovative and work hard.

Setting the Record Straight on 97 Percent LTV Mortgages -- They Work

Garrick T. Davis | Posted 03.31.2015 | Business
Garrick T. Davis

Mortgage guarantor giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac both recently announced their intent to once again begin purchasing mortgage loans at 97 percent loan-to-value (LTV) in the case of first-time homebuyers.

Obama's SOTU? It's His Post-White House Agenda

Ben Mangan | Posted 03.29.2015 | Politics
Ben Mangan

This particular SOTU kicked off what I imagine will be a life-long campaign to shape the country according to his values, and he's decided to start building momentum now, for a life-long campaign for change once he leaves the White House.

Wealth: Legitimate and Illegitimate

Edward Corcoran | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Edward Corcoran

Excessive wealth accumulation is the result of permissive conditions that allow and even promote it. Lobbying efforts and campaign contributions are major avenues of influence. But these ultimately depend on public acceptance of rationales which facilitate wealth accumulation.

The Power of One

Jack Nadel | Posted 03.23.2015 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

No matter your situation in life, you can change your circumstances. You have all the capability within yourself to make good things happen. And while pursuing your goals, you can enjoy every minute of it.

A King's Dreams

Nelson Davis | Posted 03.21.2015 | Small Business
Nelson Davis

Since I launched my TV production business in 1988, I've celebrated the life of Dr. King by being open for business on his federal holiday because I believe that he and his fellow activists put themselves in harm's way so that I could live a life rich in opportunities.

It's Past Time We Invested in Young Workers

Liz Shuler | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Liz Shuler

Free, high-quality public higher education. Expanded apprenticeship programs. Jobs that pay living wages. Workplaces that are free of discrimination. Strong union rights. Don't those sound great?

Where We're Going

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 03.02.2015 | Impact
Richard C. Harwood

"Scale" and "scaling change" are terms that are thrown around so much in professional circles that they have become cliché. Yet, for all of us in the business of improving lives and building stronger communities, they are the terms that often are the source of both our frustration and our inspiration.

Police and Protesters as Potential Allies

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 03.01.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

The concept of meritocracy provides justification and cover to the nation in refusing to acknowledge and in denying the actual causes for the tremendous chasms in the wealth distribution and in educational achievement, and for the overall systemic inequities based on social identities.

Our Fight for Justice

Randi Weingarten | Posted 02.19.2015 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Change takes time. But what sets our nation apart is that, even in our darkest hours, we strive to make things better. During this week's winter solstice, we celebrate the holiday season with light as a symbol of hope.

The Future of the American Dream

Cristóbal Joshua Alex | Posted 02.17.2015 | Latino Voices
Cristóbal Joshua Alex

If November's election teaches us anything, it is that while this is a setback for the many who hoped to bring change, it is not the end of the American Dream.

Searching for the American Dream

Steven M. Gillon | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics
Steven M. Gillon

It is very likely that generations coming of age today will abandon -- out of choice or necessity -- the Dream of consumption and replace it with their own definition. The Dream is evolving, not dying.

Generation FF: Successes, Odds and New Year's Resolutions

Fiona Citkin, Ph.D. | Posted 02.15.2015 | Impact
Fiona Citkin, Ph.D.

Multicultural women need more role models to infuse them with the American success mentality. I've interviewed one who naturally stands out.

It's Not Just the Economy, Stupid

Steven Conn | Posted 02.14.2015 | Politics
Steven Conn

Perhaps the disconnect between what the economy seems to be doing and the way people feel about it is that many don't necessarily agree that our economic condition and our overall happiness are the same thing.

Does Your Style Routine Reflect Your Dream Life?

Carol Brailey | Posted 02.13.2015 | Style
Carol Brailey

The style choices you make when you are happy just may very well reflect your dream. Does your current daily style routine reflect your dream life? It's quite simple to answer this by thinking through a few questions.

If You're an American and #CantBreathe, You May Be the Problem

Jacqui Zadik | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Jacqui Zadik

We are all citizens of this beautiful land, and while it has some glaring flaws, to condemn her for this act with statements of anarchy is the real injustice. To create chaos with the trend #icantbreathe (even worse, #crimingwhilewhite) isn't finding a solution to our problem, it's igniting a rebellion that doesn't need to be there.

Revisiting the Land of Opportunity

Wray Herbert | Posted 02.03.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

Fewer and fewer Americans, including many middle-class Americans, believe that they can even preserve their existing standard of living -- or that their children will do any better. But how accurate are these perceptions?

Thankful for an Income, Hoping for Equality

Nick Desai | Posted 01.27.2015 | Politics
Nick Desai

As most of us prepare to feast on a cornucopia of lovingly prepared foods, I am acutely aware that the basic necessity of a living wage eludes millions here in America and billions more around the world. For those mired in wretched poverty, Thanksgiving is just another Thursday where they try to eek out just enough to survive.

Surreal Collages Are Basically 1950s Advertisements On Acid

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 11.24.2014 | Arts

In the 1950s, the American Dream was the picture perfect image of domestic bliss, often including immaculate aprons, high heels, piping hot ham and pe...

Revealed: Rising Inequality Kills American Jobs

Lynn Parramore | Posted 01.21.2015 | Business
Lynn Parramore

Barry Z. Cynamon and Steven M. Fazzari are exploring how the massive debt which led to the Great Recession, the spending collapse that followed, and the stagnation that persists are all linked to income inequality. In this interview, they discuss what their findings mean for America.

We Are the Most Unequal Society in the Developed World... And We Don't Know It

Les Leopold | Posted 01.17.2015 | Politics
Les Leopold

In 1965, for every dollar earned by the average worker, CEOs earned 20 dollars. By 2012, that gap mushroomed to 354 to one. But, when asked in the survey, Americans grossly underestimated this gap.