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Health Care in 2016: Now What?

William Pierce | Posted 12.23.2015 | Politics
William Pierce

While no significant legislation will pass because it is a presidential election year, a feel-good bill or two might. However, the debate in 2016 is important as it will shape what happens in 2017 where the real action will happen.

Look for the College Experiences that Will Get You Hired

Robert Franek | Posted 09.08.2015 | College
Robert Franek

Back-to-school season is one of my favorite times of the year. September is when I take my show on the road, traveling the country to talk to high school students, parents, and college counselors about what they need to know about researching and applying to colleges.

The 'Switched On' Enterprise: The Triumph of Insight Over Ideology

Nick Seneca Jankel | Posted 06.16.2015 | Business
Nick Seneca Jankel

As someone who has consulted to scores of the largest corporations on the planet, I believe that the ideology of capitalism is almost always damaging to the social, ecological and spiritual systems it relies on to exist.

A Creative Way To Inspire Kids To Eat Healthy

The Huffington Post | Sahaj Kohli | Posted 09.02.2014 | Healthy Living

How can we get children excited about eating fruits and vegetables? Lisa Helfman, founder of Brighter Bites, joined HuffPost Life host Caroline Mod...

Social Movements and Power: Change From Below in the Dominican Republic

Beverly Bell | Posted 07.22.2014 | Impact
Beverly Bell

An Interview with Pedro Franco From Santo Domingo, Pedro Franco is an organizer of social movements and mutual-aid cooperatives. He is also a member ...

Mopping Up 2013 and Looking Ahead to 2014

Ron Gitter | Posted 03.02.2014 | New York
Ron Gitter

It's unlikely that the deal volume of 2013 can be repeated in 2014. Yet, market dynamics are still strong and deal activity has stabilized since the pause in the fall. Perhaps another good year is on the way.

What is New Mutualism?

Sara Horowitz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Sara Horowitz

The choice is deceptively simple -- go it alone or build something together. Building together always ends up better.

Why Was Your Health Insurance Plan Cancelled and Not Upgraded?

Robbie Gennet | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robbie Gennet

Regardless of your general disposition toward the president, let's make sure your anger isn't just a little bit misguided.

Richmond, California Mayor Occupies Wall Street

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 01.23.2014 | San Francisco
C. Robert Gibson

Formerly known as a Chevron company town, Richmond is home to one of the largest oil refineries in the Bay Area. But Mayor Gayle McLaughlin, who identifies with the Green Party, has been in office since 2010 and is already giving big banks and oil companies all they can handle in the way of opposition.

"The Revolution is Going to be Fought With The Hoe": Agriculture and Environment in New Mexico

Beverly Bell | Posted 08.24.2013 | Green
Beverly Bell

By Beverly Bell and Tory Field Spring cleaning of the acequia that irrigates Sol Feliz farm. Acequias are a traditional irrigation system used throug...

Time for a Change of Business

Charles Gould | Posted 08.14.2013 | Business
Charles Gould

If we're reading the signs correctly, and if there is some legitimacy in the cyclical pattern of reaction to excesses of the past, then we might be at the beginning of a period that sees co-operatives not just as respected but as favored above other corporate forms.

Cooperative Economics: Replacing Capitalism in Collapse

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 08.03.2013 | Business
C. Robert Gibson

This made me wonder: Why did I ever allow myself to live alone with no community and pay a landlord who doesn't make decisions with tenants in a democratic process?

Mopping Up Sandy and Looking Ahead to 2013

Ron Gitter | Posted 01.30.2013 | New York
Ron Gitter

The New York residential real estate market was on a tear throughout 2012, with an incredible crescendo during the summer. Then the storm hit, and overnight, the market quieted. So where did this force of nature leave the New York market?

Appraise This: Hitting the Number Can Be a Challenge

Ron Gitter | Posted 12.23.2012 | New York
Ron Gitter

As sales metrics improve month by month, economists seem to agree that residential real estate is awakening from its 36-month slumber. That being said, buyers and sellers are well advised to accept the uncertainties of the market and compromise.

Kiss Your Clients: The Inestimable Value of an All Cash Deal

Ron Gitter | Posted 10.01.2012 | New York
Ron Gitter

esidential lending has become so cumbersome and unpredictable that a transaction without a financing component geometrically increases the likelihood that the parties will wind up at the closing table.

There's a Sleeper in the Reform Law That Could Transform U.S. Health Care

Wendell Potter | Posted 07.29.2012 | Politics
Wendell Potter

CO-OPs could be one of the sleepers in the health care reform law that truly transforms how care is financed and delivered in this country. And they could even hasten the day when the big investor-owned corporations cede the marketplace to nonprofits and move on to other ways of earning a profit.

A Big Piece of the Pie: New York City's Insatiable Appetite

Ron Gitter | Posted 06.06.2012 | New York
Ron Gitter

If there is one issue about owning a co-op or condo that will take center stage over the next few years, it will no doubt be carrying costs.

Let's Get Busy: March Madness of Another Kind Arrives

Ron Gitter | Posted 05.07.2012 | New York
Ron Gitter

With the spring selling season around the corner, if March contract signings equal or exceed those in February, things could get pretty crazy around here. But let's look forward to a good crazy.

Did Co-ops Save New York?

Ron Gitter | Posted 04.14.2012 | New York
Ron Gitter

Notwithstanding the value of the co-op approval process, I can offer this unsolicited advice: it needs a re-write. It hungers for simplification, modernization and greater time efficiencies.

NYC Real Estate Survival: Are No-Pet Rules Worth Dying Over?

Teri Karush Rogers | Posted 03.31.2012 | New York
Teri Karush Rogers

In a tragic turn of events last week, a troubled Upper West Side condo owner who said his building harassed him about his pitbull took his own life just hours after euthanizing his healthy five-year-old dog.

NYC Real Estate Survival: How to Appeal a Co-op Board Turndown

Teri Karush Rogers | Posted 03.18.2012 | New York
Teri Karush Rogers

Rather than reverse a rejection, it's much more common for a board to ask for more information before rejecting, giving buyers a chance to allay anxieties or correct inaccurate or incomplete information.

NYC Real Estate Survival: The 7 Worst Places to Live in an Apartment Building

Teri Karush Rogers | Posted 02.15.2012 | New York
Teri Karush Rogers

Admit it: When you hear the real-estate maxim "location, location, location," you think about great neighborhoods and awesome transportation. That's fine -- unless you're looking for an apartment.

Mopping Up 2011 and Looking Ahead to 2012

Ron Gitter | Posted 02.12.2012 | New York
Ron Gitter

There's no hard data to suggest that 2012 won't be a better year for those of us in the real estate playground, as long as we accept the fact that the rules of the game will be constantly changing.

Toni's Take on Real Estate: Buying as a Broker

Toni Haber | Posted 02.12.2012 | New York
Toni Haber

We have a saying in my industry that "buyers are liars." Buyers aren't actually lying to their brokers, it's just that sometimes we come to find out that our "must haves" are wants rather than needs.

NYC Real Estate Survival: My Co-op Thanks Giving

Teri Karush Rogers | Posted 01.23.2012 | New York
Teri Karush Rogers

My first place in Manhattan was a shared, seedy, shag-carpeted room in an SRO hotel that looked as if it had hosted many boozy lunchtime trysts. Eventually I moved into a grown-up apartment, for which I am exceedingly grateful.