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The Crucial Role of New York City's Branch Libraries

Julie Sandorf | Posted 05.21.2015 | New York
Julie Sandorf

The 2nd annual NYC Neighborhood Library Awards recognized the crucial role that New York City's branch libraries play in serving the city's diverse communities.

Neighborhood "Exit Strategies" Are Incomplete

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics
Tiziana Dearing

We have heard a lot in the last couple of weeks about the impact neighborhoods may have on the outcomes of children who grow up in them. New research reinforces the idea that neighborhoods do matter.

Presidential Candidates Want Latino Voters. Here's What Latinos Want From Them

Jose Calderon | Posted 05.13.2015 | Latino Voices
Jose Calderon

The road to the White House is long and filled with challenges, but when it comes to getting Latino voters on your side, here are five essential things that Latino voters want from their next President.

Place Matters in Creating Paths Out of Poverty

Bill Bynum | Posted 05.12.2015 | Impact
Bill Bynum

Generations of parents -- including my own -- believed that moving to a better neighborhood would give their children a better chance in life. This week we have new evidence from two wide-ranging studies that proves them right.

Navigating the Road Ahead: What the FCC's Open Internet Order Means for Entrepreneurialism and Economic Opportunity Going Forward

Senator Catherine Pugh | Posted 04.19.2015 | Politics
Senator Catherine Pugh

Far too many African Americans, Hispanics, and low-income families remain unconnected to broadband. Many don't see the value in going online; others simply don't have the skills to put their connections to use. The FCC's new rules won't help to address these challenges.

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.

The Year Ahead

Omar K. Alghanim | Posted 03.07.2015 | Business
Omar K. Alghanim

As we head into a brand new year, the headlines are awash in news about our twin heartbreaks here in the Middle East. Oil is one part of the equation. The other is also commanding daily attention: I'm referring, of course, to the geopolitical drama involving Iraq and Syria.

The American Dream Can Only Be Fulfilled If Our Top Students Have the Opportunity to Attend Our Top Colleges

Michael R. Bloomberg | Posted 12.29.2014 | Education
Michael R. Bloomberg

A problem in higher education is not that poor and middle-income students lack the credentials to gain acceptance at top schools; many are highly-qualified. But they are not applying for a myriad of reasons -- starting with sticker shock.

The Most Overlooked Opportunity in American Business Today

Paul Kendrick | Posted 11.24.2014 | Business
Paul Kendrick

More than four million positions are vacant right now in the United States. Businesses are looking at a future where their need for qualified people is only growing. The problem is, we're thinking about qualifications in the wrong way.

Climate Change and the American Way

Nick Desai | Posted 09.28.2014 | Green
Nick Desai

Other than drilling deep into the ground and burning fossilized hydrocarbons, we've invented better ways to do everything. At time when America's economic superiority is facing unprecedented challenges, are we really willing to believe that the 100-year-old way we get our energy is the best we can do?

Germany Adopts the World's Best Minimum Wage

Larry Cohen | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

If Merkel and her Christian Democratic party can help lead this effort in Germany, and with real results, what accounts for the 19th century U.S. framework of free markets, free trade, elimination of collective bargaining, and the destruction of economic opportunity for all but a few Americans?

Full Employment via Reindustrialization

Harry L. Langer | Posted 08.03.2014 | Business
Harry L. Langer

The primary reason for U.S. structural unemployment, economic stagnation, adverse balance of trade, and shrinking revenues is the export of our industries, services, and R&D and reliance on the importation of low tech goods.

Measuring the Wellbeing of Young People: A Real Step Forward

Bill Reese | Posted 06.14.2014 | Impact
Bill Reese

"You can't manage what you can't measure," says the CEO of Hilton Worldwide, Chris Nassetta. And he should know. His company is a leader in the travel...

Rebuilding Silicon Valley's Middle Class in a Time of Fiscal Constraint

Sam Liccardo | Posted 06.15.2014 | San Francisco
Sam Liccardo

While much has been written and Hollywood movies made about the digital gold rush taking place in Silicon Valley, comparatively little has been said about the burgeoning number of people here who are living on the margins.

States Have the Power to Create Economic Opportunity -- And Show Congress the Way Forward

Andrea Levere | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Andrea Levere

Without policy interventions at all levels of government, far too many families will remain stuck in place -- barely managing to save enough to cover emergencies and with little or no hope of investing in the future. It doesn't have to be that way.

President Obama and the Politics of Inclusion

Deborah Weinstein | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Deborah Weinstein

This State of the Union was all about inclusion. The President acknowledged that the economic gains after the Great Recession have gone largely to those at the very top, excluding most of us.

Mr. President: To Reduce Inequality, Good Job Creation Is a Must

Sabina Dewan | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Sabina Dewan

Obama's goal is the right one. Inequality endangers democratic institutions, limits economic mobility, and -- as recent research has shown -- can be damaging to economic growth.

State of Opportunity

Stephanie Schriock | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics
Stephanie Schriock

Women across the country are looking for a fair shot in a fair game. They want policies like access to quality education for their children, so their kids have a chance at a bright future -- from pre-kindergarten education to job skills training to affordable college degrees.

How-To Stand Up Your Profile In Civic Courage

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 02.08.2014 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

What motivates a social entrepreneur? What motivates you? After the hard analysis is published and the heady policy papers go unread, compassion mot...

How-To Boldly and Bravely Bet On Yourself

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 02.04.2014 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

To describe itself to itself and to attract new converts, it is common these days for the nonprofit sector to talk in terms of investment - obscuring ...

What Kind of New York City Do We Want?

Steven Cohen | Posted 02.08.2014 | New York
Steven Cohen

The main characteristics of New York City are its diversity, dynamism, sense of opportunity and endless possibility. New York is a mixture of old and new; of pre- and post-industrial; of old people and young people. That has not changed and will probably never change.

Restoring the Ladder of Opportunity

Eva Shang | Posted 02.01.2014 | Politics
Eva Shang

However, the fantasy land of Panem is not so far off from the landscape of America's current social and economic inequality. The Hunger Games are real. The Hunger Games are here. And what the Hunger Games mean is the death of the American Dream.

How-To Use Ambiguity to Pioneer Change

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 01.28.2014 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

Despite crushing student loans and a miserable job market, this Millennial Generation is the most socially conscious, most globally aware and most act...

How-To Figure Out Your Social Entrepreneurship

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 01.24.2014 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

"We gain something profound when we stand up for our beliefs, just as part of us dies when we know that something is wrong, yet do nothing....We don't...

How-To Convert Your Convictions Into A Career

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

Are you seeking fulfillment and happiness in the social change world? At this point in your life, are you called to give back? Ready to change caree...