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A 25,000 Node Human Data Platform Just Raised $50 Million

Alex Salkever | Posted 09.28.2015 | Technology
Alex Salkever

Premise has essentially built the world's largest channel check machine by building a technology stack to connect 25,000 people around the world to requests from large institutions. These people, largely outside of the U.S. earn small bits of money for doing quick field research.

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.

Women's Advancement: 3 Things Men Aren't Telling Women

Jeffery Tobias Halter | Posted 09.24.2015 | Business
Jeffery Tobias Halter

Why is it so hard for men to have this conversation about female leadership? It's a question that almost answers itself when you scan our current business environment. I would say the main challenge for organizations is that they have not approached women as an "operating priority."

Brazil's Hard Landing

Sara Zervos | Posted 09.24.2015 | World
Sara Zervos

Investors have lost faith in Brazil, and rightfully so. The currency has lost 36% of its value against the U.S. dollar this year, plunging nearly 7% in the last week alone. Yields on its bond issues are spiking, as investors demand higher and higher rates to loan Brazil or Brazilian companies money.

New Study Finds Recessions Mean Fewer Babies

The Huffington Post | Shane Ferro | Posted 09.11.2015 | Business

Babies are really cute. They're also good for the economy. The fertility rate can be an important part of a nation's long-term economic picture....

The Cities with the Highest (and Lowest) Real Minimum Wage | Posted 09.10.2015 | Business

Which cities have the highest minimum wage in terms of purchasing power (that is, adjusted for the cost of living)? And, conversely, where does this "real" minimum wage fall short?

‘You Must be Pro-Equity to be Pro-Growth'

Gemma Corrigan | Posted 09.09.2015 | Impact
Gemma Corrigan

The realization among business and political leaders that economic growth is only sustainable if it is inclusive, and not restricted to a small elite, may have taken too long, but at last the message is being received loud and clear: you can be pro-growth and pro-equity -- and you must be pro-equity to be pro-growth.

Crowdsourcing Dystopia

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 08.26.2015 | Technology
Lorelei Kelly

On offer is a belief system that promises to upend the status quo, to change the world and take you with it. Investors commit at different levels from different places, but everyone involved belongs to a unified cause. Once in, you're a team of heroic proportions, larger than life.

Five Bottom Line Reasons Why Employers Should Hire Ex-Felons

Mike Green | Posted 08.21.2015 | Business
Mike Green

There is no city in the nation that's growing faster than the population of 70 million Americans with criminal records. As one of them, former real estate developer R.L. Pelshaw is determined to turn this costly societal burden into an opportunity.

Trump: Don't Make Corporations Pay Their Taxes

Dave Johnson | Posted 08.21.2015 | Entertainment
Dave Johnson

Never mind the decades of gibberish we have been subjected to about "tax cuts increase revenue to the government" and "low taxes means more jobs" and "pro-growth policies" and "government takes money out of the economy" and "tax cuts hurt growth" and "taxes are theft."

Joseph Stiglitz: How "Deep-Seatedly Wrong" Economic Thinking Is Killing Greece

Lynn Parramore | Posted 08.24.2015 | World
Lynn Parramore

The insistence on keeping wages down, stripping away bargaining power from workers, forcing small business owners to pay taxes a year in advance, and cutting pensions will only hamper demand and lead to a deepening spiral of debt.

Most Voters Don't Care About Hillary Clinton's Email

Jeza Belle | Posted 08.20.2015 | Politics
Jeza Belle

This past Tuesday I turned on CNN and watched a conservative political pundit go off the rails when she stated that Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server was somehow connected to Monica Lewinsky. In that moment I knew Republicans and the blatantly anti-Hillary media had overplayed their hand, as most voters simply don't give a horses' ass about Hillary's email

The Path from Personal Transformation to Societal Change

Matthieu Ricard | Posted 08.19.2015 | Impact
Matthieu Ricard

I myself am deeply convinced that love and compassion--the two faces of altruism--are the cardinal virtues of human existence and the heart of the spiritual path. Loving kindness is the wish that all beings experience happiness, while compassion focuses on eradicating their suffering.

How to Make the World's Poor $500 Billion Richer

Bjørn Lomborg | Posted 08.19.2015 | World
Bjørn Lomborg

Instead of focusing on innovating more technology to make people more productive, we could focus on getting more people to places where they would be productive.

Why Trump's Immigration 'Paper' Is Economic Nonsense in 5 Graphs

David Bier | Posted 08.18.2015 | Entertainment
David Bier

Donald Trump dropped his long-awaited immigration position paper this week. To no one's surprise, it is a long list of restrictionist clichés about immigrants taking jobs, abusing welfare, and lowering wages for Americans. Here are the five biggest inaccuracies.

How to Earn an Honest Living as a Yoga Teacher

Ira Israel | Posted 08.17.2015 | Business
Ira Israel

If you are talented, if you are persistent, if you can afford to be patient, and if you are resourceful, then you can positively affect hundreds or thousands of people's lives and earn an honest living doing so.

The Next Hemingway Is Flipping Burgers

Iain S. Thomas | Posted 08.13.2015 | Impact
Iain S. Thomas

Shouldn't our number one priority be ensuring that all of us, regardless of our pick in the genetic lottery, get a roof over our head and food in our stomach? If we're not taking care of each other, and making sure that our children (all our children) grow up in an environment where they feel safe, secure and don't want for the essentials of life, then why are we here?

China Devaluation Is Good News

Sara Zervos | Posted 08.11.2015 | World
Sara Zervos

Germany, Asian countries and commodity producers have already been selling less to China because of its economic slowdown; now they could sell less because their exported goods look more expensive as the Chinese yuan goes down.

Republican Debate Shows Delusional Sabre-Rattling Foreign Policy

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics
Anhvinh Doanvo

The Republican Party doesn't seem to understand the fact that threats to the United States originate from the actions of human beings. These human beings resort to violence when they are marginalized by society to the point where they believe that the only way to better their country is to work around the democratic system through violence.

Confusion Reigns

Michael Farr | Posted 08.06.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

Economic data and financial-asset prices don't always paint the same picture about the health of the economy.

A New Explanation of America's Slow Productivity Growth

David Adler | Posted 08.17.2015 | Business
David Adler

Why is the U.S. economy failing to thrive? The topic of a global malaise has generated intense debate among economists. Their explanations are very technical, but worth considering for an understanding of elite thinking about the issue -- and its limitations.

Minimum Wage Hikes: Few Clear Winners

Sara Zervos | Posted 07.30.2015 | Impact
Sara Zervos

Minimum wage hikes do entail income redistribution, but don't impact income inequality. Low wage workers will get a pay increase, but it is consumers who pay the obvious price to support this transfer, not the rich.

Getting It Right on Population

Bjørn Lomborg | Posted 07.30.2015 | World
Bjørn Lomborg

The problem is that, although everyone agrees that we should be doing everything we can to make poor people's lives better, prioritizing a particular set of targets is difficult.

Fed Angst and the Interest Rate Tragedy

Robert Hardaway | Posted 07.28.2015 | Business
Robert Hardaway

As traders and investors around the world try to decipher the Federal Reserve's use of such terms as "not impatient" in lieu of "patient" in its guidance on interest rates, it is fast becoming clear that the Fed realizes that it has been painted into a corner.

China Today

Joseph B. Kadane | Posted 07.28.2015 | World
Joseph B. Kadane

The basis of the China Communist Party's hold on power since Deng is based on persuading the public to trade political say for prosperity. That has worked for several decades, which have seen dramatic economic growth. But change is on the horizon.