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I'll Vote for That

Katharine Rose | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics
Katharine Rose

The mere idea that members of Congress should be required to take annual ethics training speaks volumes about how far we have strayed from our founders' values, but may be necessary as a first step toward restoring decency and respectability in our nation's capital.

State of the Union Enhanced by Better Business-Government Relations

Mark R. Kennedy | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics
Mark R. Kennedy

In last night's State of the Union address, President Barack Obama was triumphant in taking credit for a growing economy, being "as free from the grip of foreign oil as we've been in almost 30 years," and noting that Russia's economy was "in tatters." What the president failed to acknowledge was that entrepreneurs largely drove these results.

How America Is Failing Working Moms

Hilary Young | Posted 01.20.2015 | Parents
Hilary Young

It's hard to pinpoint one solution to this problem, but having the government chime in and acknowledge the difficulties that young working mothers are facing would be a good first step.

Capacity Builders vs. Dandelion

Jason Lorimer | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
Jason Lorimer

There is a cottage industry of "capacity builders" that make up a growing portion of the nonprofit space. Almost all of these service providers are on...

How Governmental Sustainability Policy Can Speed the Transition to a Cleaner Economy

Steven Cohen | Posted 01.20.2015 | Green
Steven Cohen

Sustainability management is simply the latest step in the evolution of the field of organizational management. Twentieth century managers were concerned with finances, human resources, information, production, performance, marketing, strategy and globalization.

President Obama, Veto That

Robert Weissman | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics
Robert Weissman

For every piece of legislation crossing his desk that would make America weaker, less safe, less just, less fair, dirtier, unhealthier and less secure -- well, the president should veto that.

Corporate Violence as Crime: Anniversary of the West Virginia Chemical Spill

Rena Steinzor | Posted 01.12.2015 | Business
Rena Steinzor

Under American law, criminal prosecutions serve dual, mutually reinforcing purposes: they both punish and deter. Yet until recently, prosecutors have been excessively cautious about defining routine industrial behavior as a guilty act that triggers criminal culpability.

Hunt Terrorists, Don't Scapegoat Muslims

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Top political leaders in France and Germany need to follow the example set more than a decade ago by Clinton and Bush when faced with terror attacks in this country and say in the strongest terms that they will wage war against terrorism, not Muslims.

Opinions Versus Opinionated

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

I have opinions, and if you read my weekly blogs regularly you know that I do not hesitate to voice those opinions. But I am not opinionated. I like to think that I base my opinions on "evidence and good reason."

Consent of the Governed

Daniel Davis | Posted 01.09.2015 | Politics
Daniel Davis

A key way to begin restoring trust in the government will be for men and women with character, moral courage, and discipline to run for elected office.

What Philanthropists Can Learn From Hollywood

Jason Lorimer | Posted 01.09.2015 | Impact
Jason Lorimer

This misalignment reminds me of an inefficiency that Hollywood studios have found a way to correct. Studios will fund a project and for any number of reasons it might fall apart before it hits the big screen.

Civil Dissonance

Lisa Longo | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Lisa Longo

I've been thinking a lot about the world we've created. And I've come to the conclusion that it makes absolutely no sense. None. Not even a little.

Shaw: The best way to honor Topinka is to implement her idea

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.05.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Though Illinois' late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka won't serve the term she was elected to in November, her views could still make an impact on the o...

The Rise of Anti-Government Protests Around the World and How to Reduce It in 2015

Dr. Maha Hosain Aziz | Posted 12.31.2014 | World
Dr. Maha Hosain Aziz

What we've been witnessing is the decline of state-society relations in which citizens no longer believe in their leaders, governments or certain policies -- and they are speaking out in violent and non-violent ways. There's a recurring feeling that there must be a better, more legitimate way to govern.

Breathe: Raising the Voice of Justice

Lauren Harris | Posted 12.31.2014 | Politics
Lauren Harris

Violence is its own barrier. Violence closes minds to the opinions of others, violence darkens the public discourse with the pall of fear and violence silences voices tragically and permanently.

Subsidized Success: Corn, Cabernet and Caterpillar

Hilary Gowins | Posted 12.29.2014 | Chicago
Hilary Gowins

When the government commits to big tax breaks for select companies, politicians almost always fail to cut spending to make up for it. The extra burden just falls to smaller businesses with less income to spare.

Your Life. Your Family. Your Money. All Equal Need for Cyber Security.

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 12.26.2014 | Technology
Alan W. Silberberg

Well, this was the year that Cyber-security (personal security) became Paramount in people's mind-share. Whether it was Target, Home Depot, Equifax, Sony, JP Morgan, and the list does not stop there.

How Tony Robbins' "Money: Master The Game" Represents Exactly What Is Destroying America

Ira Israel | Posted 12.25.2014 | Politics
Ira Israel

It is astonishing that someone so bright and well-intentioned does not see the hypocrisy in calling taxes a "drag," "destructive" and "the culprit" and then complaining that money was "slashed" from an entitlement program.

Real Americans

Christopher Holshek | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

One of NFL Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcell's more oft-used quotes is: "You are what your record says you are." That doesn't just apply to sports teams. Team America's record of late has not been of the champion of the values we say define who we are and what we're about. Our record says more about our real identity more than the one we imagine.

Where Does Corporate Giving to the Arts Go?

Lane Harwell | Posted 12.11.2014 | Arts
Lane Harwell

Recent studies by Americans for the Arts, Giving USA, and others have drawn welcome public attention to the role of corporate giving in the creative ecology -- some sounding alarms and others offering rays of hope.

Government, Not Taxes, Should Set Our Priority

Martin Lobel | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Martin Lobel

Until we decide what we want government to do, "tax reform" will merely shift the tax burden from those who can afford expensive lobbyists to those who can't. One result will be a more complex and inefficient tax code that cannot be administered by the IRS because of deliberate cuts to its budget.

When Did the Lines Between Good and Bad Guys Become Blurred?

Tamar Abrams | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
Tamar Abrams

We must let go of the labels that artificially divide us if we are to move out from under the cloud of suspicion and fear that hovers over us all these days.

Don't Let Seoul's Mayor Buckle to Homophobia and Transphobia

Andy Marra | Posted 12.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Andy Marra

As mayor, Mr. Park halted the enactment of Seoul's Charter of Human Rights for the city's upcoming observance of Human Rights Day. Why? The Charter included a provision stating support for non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Battleground Main Street: The Trust War

Mark Coleman | Posted 12.05.2014 | Impact
Mark Coleman

The issue has become too big for us to ignore. American's have become less trusting of big business, big government, and big media. But what is most alarming is an intensifying loss of faith in each other.

...See How They Run

Marcia Liss | Posted 12.05.2014 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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