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Can the Middle East End Its Addiction to Cheap Oil?

OpedSpace | Posted 02.27.2015 | Business
OpedSpace

The lower cost in global fuel prices can provide a unique avenue for countries to carry out energy subsidy reforms and develop energy efficiency programs with a much smaller negative effects on the population than otherwise.

Distribution: Harnessing the Power of Convenience

Ira Kalb | Posted 02.27.2015 | Business
Ira Kalb

To make money, most manufacturers need to sell their products in sizable quantities. Most end buyers need just one or a few. Therefore, an opportunity...

The Quiet Global Transformation of Global Development

Elizabeth L. Littlefield | Posted 02.27.2015 | Politics
Elizabeth L. Littlefield

Decades ago, private capital flowing into developing countries was a small fraction of aid dollars. Since then, that private capital investment has grown roughly 100-fold and the ratio of aid to investment has flipped. Today, every $1 in aid to developing nations is dwarfed by nearly $7 in private investment.

Building a Washington That Washington Would Respect

Lauren Maddox | Posted 02.20.2015 | Politics
Lauren Maddox

George Washington, who gave our capital its name and whose birthday falls on February 22, authored "Rules of Civility & Decent Behaviour In Company and Conversation." Our first president's first rule was: "Every Action done in Company, ought to be with Some Sign of Respect, to those that are Present." Can Washington, D.C., return to George Washington's ideals?

Reinventing America, The Forbes Summit in Chicago Part II

Sugar Rautbord | Posted 02.19.2015 | Business
Sugar Rautbord

These small, invitation-only congresses bring together Wealth, Politics, Business, and Government as well as Education and Disruptive Innovation and are a winning formula for stimulating growth, forging new partnerships, and in this case, the reinvention of industrial power.

Protecting the Internet via the Upcoming FCC Vote

Craig Newmark | Posted 02.18.2015 | Technology
Craig Newmark

Long story short, this is about saving the Net for regular people, versus providing privileges for companies that spend lots of money lobbying in Washington and misinforming the American public.

Painful Lessons About Poverty and Disability

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 02.18.2015 | Impact
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

One of America's crown jewels in enabling people to lift themselves out of poverty, the Federation Employment and Guidance Service (FEGS), which for generations enabled people with disabilities, immigrants and others at-risk, is closing its doors.

Diversity Education to Promote Tolerance

Fatima Muneer | Posted 02.16.2015 | World
Fatima Muneer

While privileged and generally very expensive schools around the globe bank on diversity through both their internationally recognized curriculums and extracurricular activities like Model United Nations, the accessibility to such resources lacks in mainstream schools in most countries.

The Small Things Are Killing Us

Vicki Wilson | Posted 02.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Vicki Wilson

Today, I watched my father walk down the slippery porch steps in front of my mother and brush the cold snow from the railing with his bare hand so she...

Leveling the Playing Field for Our Kids

Randi Weingarten | Posted 02.22.2015 | Education
Randi Weingarten

A high-quality public education can unlock our children's potential. It can bring communities together. It can ensure a top-notch workforce for our economy and an engaged citizenry for our democracy. We have an opportunity with the ESEA reauthorization to help reclaim the promise of public education.

Author and Journalist Eric Brach on Why Net Neutrality Matters

Jarod Cerf | Posted 02.10.2015 | Business
Jarod Cerf

In light of the recent debates on tiered access to broadband service and whether telecommunication companies have the right to charge both content providers and home users (as well as the federal government's evolving stance on the issue) I sat down with Eric Brach.

Drones for Good: UAE Honors Peaceful-Purpose Innovators

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 02.09.2015 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

One of the highlights of last year's Government Summit, an annual international forum held in Dubai designed to help shape the future of governments, was the announcement that the UAE was set to introduce drones to help deliver ID cards, driving licenses and other permits to its residents.

Why America Needs to Pay Attention to Chris Christie's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

Yael Bromberg | Posted 02.07.2015 | Politics
Yael Bromberg

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's week started with a bad case of foot-in-mouth during his three-day trip to England, and went downhill from there, reaching new lows for ethics and good, open government -- even for New Jersey.

Needed: A Bold Left to Defend Government

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 02.04.2015 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

We need an active, independent left willing to challenge the push for smaller government. A well-managed government can revitalize the economy even as it makes our world a better place to live. Many Americans seem to understand that instinctively. Where, then, is the movement that will make that argument?

Closing the Cyber Talent Gap

Steve Cooker | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics
Steve Cooker

For the U.S. federal government to effectively build its cyber workforce of the future, agencies must consider adopting new approaches and technologies to streamline critical aspects of recruiting, hiring, workforce planning, and training.

Detroit Rocked City: The Land That Time, and Everyone Else, Forgot

David Fagin | Posted 01.30.2015 | Detroit
David Fagin

This is not Zimbabwe. It is Detroit. Yet, you'd never know there was a problem this big in our own backyard because there's hardly anything at all in the media on the subject. And, why should there be? It's only the single-greatest economic collapse in American history.

There's More to the Oil Crash Than Meets the Eye

J. L. Morin | Posted 01.29.2015 | Green
J. L. Morin

As New York shakes off another dose of the climate change reality dealt by winter storm Juno, many are beginning to re-appreciate the forces of Nature and the power of public policy.

3 Obstacles Preventing Government Agencies From Being Transparent and Efficient

Adnan Mahmud | Posted 01.28.2015 | Impact
Adnan Mahmud

The government needs to adopt user-friendly data tools that allow anyone to access, analyze and share information, both internally in the agency and externally with the public. Data is too important of a resource to be locked up behind archaic, monolithic systems.

In the Bully Pulpit: 'It's the Right Thing to Do.'

Wray Herbert | Posted 01.28.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

Strangely, given the importance of public opinion to successful governing, there has been little work done on the impact of how leaders frame and justify their decisions. Two psychological scientists at Berkeley's Haas School of Business are trying to change that.

A New Era in Illinois Politics?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.27.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

With Gov. Bruce Rauner in the Executive Mansion in Springfield, could this really be the beginning of a new, cooperative era in Illinois politics?

The Voiceless in a Failing System

Matt Hartman | Posted 01.27.2015 | Impact
Matt Hartman

In this country, the plights of youth in the foster care system are often brought to attention in the abstract, with former foster parents or social workers commenting on the difficulties and the problems of the system. Yet, the voice lacking is that of the youth who experience the system.

The United States' First CTO: 6 Business Innovation Lessons

Vala Afshar | Posted 01.27.2015 | Technology
Vala Afshar

Most people do not associate innovation and the notion of a lean startup with government, but former Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the United States Aneesh Chopra shares his insights about data and how government data can be a force of positive change to enable the private sector for the benefit of everyone.

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.