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African Design Deluge

Jens Martin Skibsted | Posted 05.29.2015 | Business
Jens Martin Skibsted

There are few that don't have an opinion when it comes to judging the value of design in today's companies. Silicon Valley powerhouse Apple undoubtedly cashed in on design and many newcomers are doing so too. Imagine Uber and Airbnb for instance without design thinking.

Brutal Winter Took A Toll On The Economy

AP | MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 05.29.2015 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy shrank at a 0.7 percent annual rate in the first three months of the year, depressed by a severe winter and a wid...

Higher Ed and Capitalism: The Best of Frenemies

Kate Blanchard | Posted 05.26.2015 | College
Kate Blanchard

The announcement that the University of North Carolina system is cutting 46 degree programs comes as no real surprise to anyone who has been paying attention to higher education. Higher education has had its heyday, and is now in the midst of a long, slow decline.

The Urban Housing Crunch Costs the U.S. Economy About $1.6 Trillion a Year

Citylab | Posted 05.26.2015 | Business

This story originally appeared on Citylab. The dearth of affordable housing options in superstar cities like New York, San Francisco and San Jose (...

Smart Manufacturing: A Path to Profitable Growth

Brian Kennell | Posted 05.21.2015 | Business
Brian Kennell

A bullet train is leaving the station, and it promises to transform and propel U.S. manufacturers who climb on board--in a wave of information technology known as smart manufacturing.

Transforming Mobility on Long Island Requires the 'Third Track'

Nancy Rauch Douzinas | Posted 05.14.2015 | New York
Nancy Rauch Douzinas

That means adding a track to the 9.8-mile segment of the Long Island Rail Road's Main Line from Floral Park to Hicksville. The extra track would eliminate the current bottleneck where so many branches converge. It would increase the frequency of trains and enable effective reverse commuting to take place.

Preempting a Misleading Argument: Why Environmental Problems Will Stop Tracking with GDP

Brian Czech | Posted 05.18.2015 | Green
Brian Czech

I hate to say I told you so, and could be too dead to do so, so I'll tell you in advance: One decade soon, environmental problems will stop tracking with GDP.

Making Sense of the 'New Economy'

Jules Peck | Posted 05.06.2015 | Business
Jules Peck

Ever wondered what the 'new economy' actually looks like, who the players are and how they interrelate?

Naomi Klein's Own Form of Climate Change Denial: Blame Capitalism

Till Bruckner | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics
Till Bruckner

Having thus alienated mainstream readers -- exactly the people the climate change movement most urgently needs to reach out to and bring on board -- Naomi Klein's book then goes on to block meaningful debate among the already converted.

The Economic Argument Against Keystone XL

Sanjay Kapoor | Posted 04.22.2015 | Green
Sanjay Kapoor

If we are to stay below the 2°C temperature rise, we have to reverse this sense of inevitability, whether it is in the guise of pragmatism or complacency. To aggressively pursue a low-carbon economy, the Keystone XL pipeline is not just as good a place to start as any, but better. It is an infrastructure project -- yesterday's infrastructure.

Taking Stock of BlackRock

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 04.21.2015 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

The core problem with this obsession with stock value is that it diverts money away from long-term investments in capital expansion and research and development. The result is a steady decline of productivity which is the key determinant of our economic vigor.

The Power of Investing in People

Epaminondas Farmakis | Posted 04.17.2015 | Impact
Epaminondas Farmakis

Throughout the course of history, it has been proven that investing in a country's human capital contributes to economic growth, often alleviating the effects of economic depressions or recessions.

Solving America's Infrastructure Crisis

Michael Likosky | Posted 04.16.2015 | Business
Michael Likosky

Most Americans are now well aware that we have an infrastructure crisis that goes beyond long commute times. We all nod in agreement when some of our airports are likened to those of Third World countries.

Time to End Fuel Subsidies

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 04.16.2015 | World
Marcelo Giugale

What's wrong with using tax-payers' money to make energy more affordable for everyone? The first problem is that not "everyone" benefits equally. In the average developing country, two thirds of gasoline subsidies go to the rich and only 3 percent go to the poor.

What Are the Democrats Doing?

Gerry Myers | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics
Gerry Myers

Democrats are on the side of the majority of Americans, but they need to vocalize their beliefs and goals. They need to tell America, we are listening to you. And we will fight for you. But you need to do something for us...You need to vote in 2016.

Priorities for Romania: Strengthening the Rule of Law and Advancing Economic Freedom

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 04.12.2015 | World
Natasha Srdoc

In order to increase economic freedom for its citizens and enable them to achieve higher standards of living, Romania needs to continue its efforts to eradicate corruption and establish an independent and efficient judicial system.

Putnam's Path Forward for 'Our Kids' Should Start With the Upside-Down Tax Code

Andrea Levere | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics
Andrea Levere

Robert Putnam's latest bestseller, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, is a synthesis of charts and data brought to life through skillful and at times heart-wrenching stories of the uneven playing field facing young people across the country.

Just Do It: Cut Corporate Taxes and Create Middle-Class Jobs

Ross DeVol | Posted 04.01.2015 | Business
Ross DeVol

A comprehensive modernization of the U.S. corporate tax system can be enacted in a fiscally responsive, revenue-neutral way.

Q&A: Roc Arnett - Future of the Phoenix East Valley

Viputheshwar Sitaraman | Posted 05.20.2015 | Business
Viputheshwar Sitaraman

Do Arizona municipalities have what it takes to make the state one of the top places to do business in? Roc Arnett, president of East Valley Partnership, thinks so.

Celebrating Our Great Society

Harlan Green | Posted 05.22.2015 | Business
Harlan Green

We are now celebrating the 50th anniversary of President Johnson's Great Society, enacted for the most part from 1964-66, perhaps the greatest legislative achievement of any president since FDR and the New Deal.

Europe's Persistent Gap

John Feffer | Posted 05.18.2015 | World
John Feffer

Even 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, West Germany's economic performance still serves as a model for those further to the east. Poland, for instance, has posted one of the more successful economic records of the countries of East-Central Europe. But this success is nothing compared with what West Germany was able to achieve in the two decades after World War II.

Economic Growth Is Great... Except When It Isn't

Nick Seneca Jankel | Posted 05.17.2015 | Politics
Nick Seneca Jankel

Far from unmitigated benefit, growth often causes and exacerbates serious mental, physical and environmental problems. Research shows that as wealth increases, so does obesity, diabetes, heart disease and depression.

The Fetishism of Economic Growth

John Feffer | Posted 05.11.2015 | World
John Feffer

Ryszard Zoltaniecki is a sociologist who has also worked in the Polish foreign ministry, where he served as the ambassador to Greece. It was not long into our August 2013 interview in an outdoor café in Warsaw that we began to address larger questions like the European financial crisis. The economic setback, he pointed out, marked the end of an era.

What the Netherlands Can Teach Us About Riding Bikes, Sustainable Development & Green Economy

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 05.11.2015 | Green
Gaia Paradiso

Biking in Amsterdam for a weekend can open your eyes and mind to re-think of renewable sources of energy, an economic sustained growth, and a green and less polluted environment.

The 3 Biggest Myths Blinding Us to the Economic Truth

Robert Reich | Posted 05.10.2015 | Business
Robert Reich

1. The "job creators" are CEOs, corporations, and the rich, whose taxes must be low in order to induce them to create more jobs. Rubbish.