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Latinos' Political Future Depends on Self-Empowerment

Ana Guerrero | Posted 10.06.2015 | Latino Voices
Ana Guerrero

This is the month when Latinos are officially celebrated for everything we have achieved and contributed to this country. Yet the celebration of Latino Heritage Month is bittersweet, because we remain the most underrepresented group in politics and government leadership.

Igniting Change that Matters

Barry Kibrick | Posted 10.03.2015 | Politics
Barry Kibrick

After spending over 20 years at Microsoft, in key leadership positions, Robbie Bach takes the lessons learned from building successful operations and applying them to the broader civic, and social issues we must deal with to fix our nation, our institutions and ourselves.

Puerto Rico's Capped Federal Medicaid Funding Causing Shortfalls

Edwin Park | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Edwin Park

This week's Senate Finance Committee hearing on Puerto Rico's financial and economic challenges brought overdue attention to the island's inadequate Medicaid funding. Unlike the 50 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico is limited to a low, fixed amount of funding.

If This Is Political, We As a Nation Are Doomed

K.C. Wilder | Posted 10.02.2015 | Parents
K.C. Wilder

Think of anyone you love: your children, spouse, parents, friends. Picture the things you love about them, then picture them obliterated in a brutal split second. Because that is what we are agreeing to when we refuse to address our national epidemic of gun violence.

John Boehner, Volkswagen and the Role of Government

Sidney Shapiro | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics
Sidney Shapiro

Those politicians celebrating Boehner's ouster, however, are not interested in debate about what is an appropriate balance; they instead elevate ideology over sensible policy insights. In the meantime, the rest of us are held captive to their ignorance and intransigence.

This Is Likely Why John Boehner Is Resigning

Quora | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics

While it would be an overstatement to say that the Republican Party has been in a civil war since Boehner became Speaker, there's definitely been a great deal of friction between "establishment" Republicans--legislators like Boehner who were holdovers from the Gingrich-led "Contract with America" era (or earlier), and those who have joined Congress more recently.

Native Hawaiians Could Have Their Own Government Soon

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics

Native Hawaiians have not had a formal government since the Kingdom of Hawaii was overthrown in 1893 by a group of American businessmen, wit...

Government's Big Problem and How to Fix It

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 09.30.2015 | Impact
John Roman, Ph.D.

In public policy (and life in general), addressing a dangerous risk is more cost-effective than fixing a problem after it emerges. Yet, most government spending is focused on reacting to problems rather than preventing them.

The Zax Are Back

Jim Moore | Posted 09.29.2015 | Politics
Jim Moore

In a bit over a year, on election day, we will have the opportunity to build a highway of consensus over those stubborn Zax, and drive far beyond the Beltway of Prax. Just watch out for the Sneetches on your way.

Albania's Ageing Problem

Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort | Posted 09.25.2015 | Women
Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort

The World is proving incapable of addressing its greatest challenges. An ageing population is no longer limited to developed nations. Many developing countries particularly in the Balkans are facing the pressure of ageing.

Blurring Boundaries and the Illusion of Global Citizenship

Sabine Kobayter | Posted 09.25.2015 | Impact
Sabine Kobayter

I can't decide what confused me more, the sorbet that looked like a rock at Atera in New York, or the menu that combined labneh, sweet potatoes and kimchee at an East London supper club.

The Decline of the Middle Class: Stealth Governance and Income Inequality

FIXCapitalism | Posted 09.25.2015 | Politics

Much of what happens in government occurs "behind the scenes" or "in the dark," in such a manner that the citizenry is deprived of accurate information about matters of importance to them. On such occasions, typically a special interests group influences government.

VW Case Shows Need for More and Bigger Government

Dave Johnson | Posted 09.25.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

Wouldn't it be great if there were some entity that was more powerful than these corporations, whose purpose is to protect us, reign these corporations in, make and enforce rules, prosecute offenders and put a stop to this stuff?

A Look at Illinois' Bill Backlogs Over 10 Years

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.17.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois rang in New Year's Day 2011 with an unpaid bill backlog that totaled $6.38 billion. Within two weeks, in the final hours of a lame duck Legi...

The New College Scorecard and Averting Cynicism

Karen Gross | Posted 09.16.2015 | College
Karen Gross

This past weekend saw a major data dump by the federal government related to higher education. It occurred in the stealth of night and as soon as folks realized all the new information that was out there in the public domain, social media lit up like a Christmas tree.

This 500-Person Town is Leading on Education

Ethan Senack | Posted 09.16.2015 | Education
Ethan Senack

Now, in the sphere of higher education, we often talk about the potential for OER to save students billions of dollars in textbook costs, but what's happened at Williamsfield since the switch reveals that the value of OER over traditional learning materials extends far beyond the difference in price.

The USDA Called My Company A "Major Threat"

Josh Tetrick | Posted 09.14.2015 | Green
Josh Tetrick

The good folks at the USDA should fight for good food to be less expensive than crappy food. For carrots instead of greasy chips; maybe some whole grains instead of fractioned corn syrup.

Today's Technology, Yesterday's Laws: U.S. Aims to Undermine Email Privacy

Victoria Espinel | Posted 09.29.2015 | Technology
Victoria Espinel

The average email user doesn't think a whole lot about how it is they can access their communications on a range of devices from almost anywhere on earth. They point. They click. They read. To quote the late Steve Jobs, for users, "it just works."

The Fractious Demand for ILP in Manipur

Dr. Nehginpao Kipgen | Posted 09.04.2015 | World
Dr. Nehginpao Kipgen

Manipur has witnessed a series of protests starting in July this year, following demands for the implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) system ...

A Consciousness Revolution

Morgan Adams | Posted 09.02.2015 | Politics
Morgan Adams

We have always had the power to make our government reach its highest potential; & trust me, it goes a lot further than the hand outs & bail outs they use to keep us quiet. What will you read? Who will you reach out to? What will you learn? What will you do? Share with us!

Let's Crowdsource to Expose Government Bribe Takers!

Russ Warner | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics
Russ Warner

Over $1 trillion per year is lost to corrupt politicians and others. That amount of corruption affects us all. Why don't we crowdsource to publish the names of government bribe takers? It won't cost taxpayers.

Making Government Better

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.28.2015 | Impact
John Roman, Ph.D.

Performance management is most effective when organizations stick to best practices in program implementation, identify rigorous outcomes, and make those outcomes the focus of the intervention. These principles may seem obvious, but they rarely guide actual performance.

Is an Emerging Patriotism Driving Good Governance in Africa? Views from Mauritania

Till Bruckner | Posted 08.26.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

With less than four million inhabitants, widespread illiteracy and a long history of authoritarian rule by military strongmen, Francophone Mauritania seems an unlikely breeding ground for think tanks.

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.

5 Ways Educators Can Take Back Their Professional Narrative

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.25.2015 | Education
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

Regardless of political ideology, educators must reclaim their profession. I know you don't seek attention. You just want to teach, but it's time for a PR offensive of your own. It's time for the experts to drive the narrative, and below are five ways to do that.