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5 Fallacies Poisoning U.S. Politics

Hal Donahue | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Hal Donahue

The last thirty years have seen private sector dominance of government. The results are disastrous and clearly seen. Tax codes and laws were established to benefit specific corporations and industries, while creating barriers to entry for new technologies and small companies.

The Energy Sector is Undermining National Security and Development in Mozambique

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 06.29.2015 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

Political stability and absence of violence in Mozambique are in their lowest levels in two decades.

Good Governance: Well-Meaning Slogan Or Desirable Development Goal?

Bjørn Lomborg | Posted 06.25.2015 | World
Bjørn Lomborg

Corruption last year cost the world more than one trillion dollars. That is a trillion dollars we can't use to get better healthcare, education, food and environment.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office CIO: IT Must Be Agile, Productive and Customer-Focused

Vala Afshar | Posted 06.23.2015 | Technology
Vala Afshar

The USPTO's mission was defined in the United States Constitution, where our forefathers designed a system to protect intellectual property. The basic concept was that as an inventor you should profit from your ideas.

California Needs A State Budget That Protects Children From Poverty

Alex M. Johnson | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Alex M. Johnson

Californians understand that investing in children is an investment in our future. Yet, we must turn rhetoric into action and dedicate the resources to make that investment in ways that will yield the outcomes we all hope for, including a dramatic reduction in the number of California children living in poverty.

USCIS CIO: Design a User-Centric Digital Transformation Strategy

Vala Afshar | Posted 06.12.2015 | Business
Vala Afshar

Mark Schwartz, Chief Information officer of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), is applying lean methods to reduce the distance between his internal customers and external citizens to the IT organization.

'Thank You NASA!'

Clayton Anderson | Posted 06.09.2015 | Science
Clayton Anderson

It's a big time at NASA. Scientific probes are sailing through our solar system, gathering legions of data and amazing photographs. Rovers are crawling all over intriguing extraterrestrial bodies, boring little holes into their surfaces and gathering samples.

Mr. President, This Is The Greatest Threat Facing America

Jen Bawden | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Jen Bawden

I am worried, like everyone else, about government spending, unemployment, global economic crises, global warming, etc., but nothing scares me more th...

The Future of Illinois Is Just as Important as Caitlyn Jenner or the Blackhawks

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.03.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

There have been so many important topics in the news this week that many Illinoisans might have missed the details of one of state's most far-reaching stories this week.

INDEX: AWARD -- Funding International Award Winning Design Startups

Soren Petersen | Posted 06.01.2015 | Business
Soren Petersen

Design awards are the design profession's "stamp of approval" for a wide range of new and classic design related offerings. There are hundreds of design awards, each with its own distinct focus and selection criteria such as business, impact and culture.

Tim O'Reilly: Changing the World by Spreading the Knowledge of Innovators

Vala Afshar | Posted 06.01.2015 | Technology
Vala Afshar

The combination of innovative technology and new business models underlie the most exciting developments coming out of start-ups and large organizations, and the innovators creating these disruptions have influence that extends into the global economy.

Power Is a Zero Sum Game: When Government Is Weak, Elites Will Dominate

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

There's something lurking behind the seemingly straightforward ideology of "small government," something obvious to anyone willing to look: Greed. Simple, unadulterated greed.

The Economics of Renewable Energy: Falling Costs and Rising Employment

Adnan Z. Amin | Posted 05.27.2015 | Impact
Adnan Z. Amin

In a world recovering from an economic crisis and stressed by high unemployment rates, this job creation potential is an important consideration for policy-makers

The Right Wing's Endless War on Environmental Regulation

Steven Cohen | Posted 05.26.2015 | Green
Steven Cohen

Cleaning up the oil spilling into the ocean by Santa Barbara will cost much more than preventing the leak would have cost. But of course, preventing the leak would require more "overreaching by government" and "job-killing regulations." We pay for this ideological idiocy.

The Problem With Motherhood in America

Pippa Biddle | Posted 05.20.2015 | Women
Pippa Biddle

I want to be a mom, but I shouldn't have to risk sacrificing my career, health and financial stability to do so.

Biden at Yale: New Beginnings

Joel K. Goldstein | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Joel K. Goldstein

Spring is, of course, the season of optimism, not only from nature's annual re-beginnings but from the emotions at the thousands of graduation ceremonies around the country.

Capital Ideas That Can Best 'Isms'

Elizabeth L. Littlefield | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Elizabeth L. Littlefield

The victorious nations of World War II emerged from their searing experience with several conclusions about how the world worked. Most of these prov...

See How New Google-like Tool Empowers Advocacy Orgs

Sam Blakeslee | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics
Sam Blakeslee

Think of it as a searchable, sharable video engine for California government. It's like C-SPAN, Google, and Facebook for politics all rolled into one. Too often well-financed groups have the inside track in Sacramento for funding and policy. Thanks to students at the Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy (IATPP) at Cal Poly, this has changed.

How Federal Leaders Should Thank Their Employees

Tom Fox | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics
Tom Fox

Government employees are often taken for granted, that is until there is a crisis and the public expects that they will step in and immediately solve the problem at hand. And when things go wrong, of course, there is no shortage of criticism and outrage.

Look to Connecticut for Economic Leadership

Nick Balletto | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics
Nick Balletto

With social and economic inequality nearing record highs, our nation needs to take real steps to increase the opportunity for upward mobility. Republicans in Congress would be well-served to look to Connecticut as an example, instead of doubling down on failed trickle-down policies

Behind the Fraud Charges Against ITT Education

Robert Shireman | Posted 05.13.2015 | Business
Robert Shireman

The SEC alleges that ITT executives engaged in a scheme to hide looming losses from loans the company guaranteed to students attending its colleges. The company denies the fraud.

When and How to Use Design

Soren Petersen | Posted 05.12.2015 | Business
Soren Petersen

Organizations have a range of core competencies and a handful of competitive advantages in their quiver to aid them in their quest for sustainable progress. So, when does it make good business sense to invest in design capabilities and at what level on the design ladder?

Piketty, Stiglitz and Our Renewed Interest in Inequality

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 05.10.2015 | Politics
Marcelo Giugale

The study of inequality has been going on forever. To give you an idea, the index used to measure how unequal the distribution of income is -- the "Gini Coefficient" -- was invented a century ago. So, why the sudden interest? Why worry now about something that has been the fodder of academics, politicians, and the media for so long?

Talking Leadership With Commerce CFO Ellen Herbst

Tom Fox | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics
Tom Fox

Ellen Herbst, who joined the government in 2005 after two decades in various private-sector leadership positions, is the chief financial officer and assistant secretary of administration at the Department of Commerce.

The Hard and Necessary Work of Investing in the World's Most Vulnerable Places

Elizabeth L. Littlefield | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics
Elizabeth L. Littlefield

When I first visited Afghanistan in 2002, the country was boldly opening a new chapter in its history. Ashraf Ghani was Minister of Finance, the Taliban had been toppled and the initial pillars of a democratic government were being put in place.