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Economic Development

Doing Better: The $80 Billion Shift We Need Now for Economic Democracy

Michelle Long | Posted 11.19.2015 | Business
Michelle Long

Today, the literature is clear -- an economy with fewer big players does a good job of funneling wealth into few hands, but the best path to the most jobs and the most wealth for the most people is directly correlated with the density and diversity of local ownership per capita.

Diversity of International Students in the US

Rahul Choudaha, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2015 | Education
Rahul Choudaha, Ph.D.

The latest Open Doors data indicates yet another year of growth in international student enrollment. Between 2009 and 2014, the number of international students has increased by 41 per cent to reach a total of 974,926.

Economic Development, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Andre Averbug | Posted 11.11.2015 | Business
Andre Averbug

What is the common ground between the economic prosperity of the Netherlands in the XVII-XVIII centuries, nineteenth century England, twentieth century U.S. and, more recently, countries such as South Korea, Singapore and Israel?

Why Split Hairs Over a Viable Economic Development Program?

Ali Jahangiri | Posted 11.04.2015 | Politics
Ali Jahangiri

While reform is absolutely necessary to improve and expand the EB-5 program, Congress should exercise caution when tinkering with the program's incentives to boost financing in certain areas or risk dampening EB-5's overall economic impact.

Of Fools and Free Markets

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 10.29.2015 | Business
Marcelo Giugale

Today, a tweet, a post, or a blog is enough to alert millions in seconds of a dreadful restaurant, an unsafe toy, or a polluting car company. We can share our market experiences in real time. This narrows the space for phishing.

If it Were Easy, Everybody Would Do it: The Challenge of Creating Jobs (and Counting Them)

Mark Newberg | Posted 10.28.2015 | Business
Mark Newberg

Early this baseball season, when the days were growing longer and hope sprang eternal (for Red Sox fans, at least), I had an idea: that jobs matter tr...

The World Series, Public Trust Doctrine and Small Businesses

Ted De Barbieri | Posted 10.28.2015 | New York
Ted De Barbieri

For now, no one along the eastern side of 126th Street is making much money because of the World Series. We'll all have to wait and see whether that changes that in the near future, and how the public trust doctrine is interpreted to limit private development on public parks.

Look Inside The Tibetan Village That Just Got On The Grid

The Huffington Post | Matt Sheehan | Posted 10.19.2015 | World

WENPING VILLAGE, China -- Rinchen Gyaltso sits in front of his stockpile of firewood, quietly muttering prayers while running his thumbs ove...

Job Creation: Essential Los Angeles County Business

Mark Ridley-Thomas | Posted 10.19.2015 | Los Angeles
Mark Ridley-Thomas

The economic crisis that began in 2007 was a defining event for industry leaders and government institutions at all levels. For far too many, the struggle continues, especially for communities of color where economic inequality persists and the availability of good paying jobs remains a scare commodity.

Dignity Over Dictators -- To Truly Sustain Development

Shawna Bader-Blau | Posted 10.01.2015 | World
Shawna Bader-Blau

Economic development is about dignity. And dignity requires people having democratic rights: free and fair elections, transparent institutions, and voice and justice.

What Youths Could Teach World Leaders on Development Targets

Bjørn Lomborg | Posted 09.25.2015 | World
Bjørn Lomborg

At the United Nations in New York today, world leaders are gathering to finalize the Global Goals -- the targets that will replace the Millennium Development Goals and shape trillions of dollars of spending over the next 15 years. There is much high-minded rhetoric here at the United Nations that development is all about people.

Job Subsidy-Scamming Perry and Walker Bite the Dust: Who's Next?

Greg LeRoy | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Greg LeRoy

I'm not one to invoke Higher Powers, but for those of us watchdogging corporate welfare, the early departures of candidates Rick Perry and Scott Walker are enough to suggest Divine Intervention. Two of the most outrageous subsidy sinners are gone. If Somebody Up There is meting out economic development justice, who's next to drop?

How Trump and Jesus Got Crossways with Refugees

Mark Moore | Posted 09.21.2015 | Religion
Mark Moore

With more refugees on the move on our globe than anytime since WWII, it's getting harder to ignore them. We all know what Donald Trump would do. Send them back! Build a wall. He's made that pretty clear.

The Fed's Decision And The Developing Countries

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 09.14.2015 | Business
Marcelo Giugale

Will those edgy portfolio investors stampede indiscriminately out of--and wreak havoc among--middle- and low-income countries if the Fed lifts interest rates this September, for the first time in almost a decade?

'I Know My Life Will Be Beautiful' - A Survivor Story

To The Market | Posted 09.10.2015 | Impact
To The Market

More than 60,000 women work in the commercial sex industry in Kolkata, India. In 2006, Sari Bari was founded in order to help women trapped within this industry. Operating in two of the largest red light districts, Sari Bari allows them to learn a new trade and gain an education.

Big(ger) Dreams than Gentrification

Robert LoCascio | Posted 09.09.2015 | New York
Robert LoCascio

The Bed-Stuy Restoration Corp. still exists and continues to contribute to the development of this community. Today, Bedford-Stuyvesant is a trendy, sought-after neighborhood. The median income has risen and as a result, higher-end residential properties and businesses are following to set up shop.

The Need for Development Is Missing in Defining Sustainable Palm Oil

Robert Hii | Posted 09.04.2015 | Green
Robert Hii

The orangutan is going extinct because of palm oil cultivation. The same palm oil which is found in our chocolates and skin creams is also accused of being a major contributor to climate changing green house gases that will affect us all.

Rebuilding The Upstate Economy

Andrew M. Cuomo | Posted 09.01.2015 | New York
Andrew M. Cuomo

There have been decades of decline and a parade of politicians promising help that never materialized. It's hard to believe in the future again after so much disappointment. On the other hand, the evidence of rebirth is overwhelming and economic optimism is necessary to make revitalization possible.

Less Developed Countries Cultural Assets May Be the Pathway to Creativity in the New Economy

John M. Eger | Posted 09.01.2015 | Arts
John M. Eger

The entire world is waking up to the fact that a new economy -- a global economy based on creativity and innovation -- is knitting every nation together. In the process, both developed and developing nations are starting to feel the effects of a structural shift in the world's economics.

Redefining the Messiah Complex

Tobias Roberts | Posted 08.28.2015 | Religion
Tobias Roberts

For those of us who work in the world of faith based non-government organizations (NGOs), we're well accustomed to the snubs and not so subtle criticism of our "secular" NGO peers.

Putting Your Positive Thoughts in High Impact Social Enterprise Action

Steve Mariotti | Posted 08.25.2015 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

Social entrepreneurship gets thrown around. A lot. Countless are published tips for social entrepreneurs, talks are given about the social good, and I too have had the privilege to write about the incredible social entrepreneurs I have met in my journey to boost entrepreneurship for youth around the world.

The More Hands Crafting, the More Lives Touched: the Story of JOYN

To The Market | Posted 08.24.2015 | Impact
To The Market

Despite the plights JOYN's employees have endured, "there is an inextinguishable joy," Mel says of her family's collective. "It is the one thing that continues to amaze me even today."

Asset Building and the Path to a "Universal Fix" to Poverty

Ben Hecht | Posted 08.20.2015 | Impact
Ben Hecht

While the debate about relief programs has become, unfortunately, deeply politicized, if we are serious about addressing poverty and inequality, we will need to get beyond the rhetoric to really hone in on what elements have worked and where there is room for improvement.

Confessions of an SAI Superfan & Recent Lessons From Kenya+

Dana Wilkins | Posted 08.12.2015 | World
Dana Wilkins

Everyone has their "thing". That nerdy interest--bordering on obsession--that they get a little short of breath talking about and love tucking into in their spare time. Some people have Arsenal, or Assassin's Creed, or underwater photography. For the last 5 years, I've had Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs).

TFTA: Africa's Crucial Inflection Point

Dante Disparte | Posted 08.12.2015 | Business
Dante Disparte

On June 10, 2015, at the 25th African Union Summit in Cairo, Egypt, African leaders signed the Tripartite Free Trade Agreement (TFTA). Prior to its signing, the agreement had been in negotiations for seven years.