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Understanding the RFRA: Why It's a Downright Embarrassing Day to Be a Hoosier

Brianna Susnak | Posted 03.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Brianna Susnak

While the ability to express one's religious beliefs is of crucial importance, and one of the greatest aspects of freedom in our country, it should never come at the cost of discrimination against other people.

The Necessity of LGBT-Inclusive Curriculum

Mark Pino | Posted 03.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Mark Pino

To get to the root of the problem and eradicate homophobic language in everyday jargon, we need to create a link between the word "gay" and the real faces of the LGBT community. Students need to be taught about the accomplishments of LGBT men, women and gender nonconformists.

How the White House Is Leading the National Effort On Civic Innovation

Maury Blackman | Posted 03.24.2015 | Technology
Maury Blackman

What if local governments asked their tech talent to give a day or two or a couple of weeks a year to work with local agencies and departments to improve the communities where they live and work?

Who's Leading? Who's Responsible for Leadership in Government?

Jim Selman | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics
Jim Selman

What if we were committed to being unreasonable? What if we stopped blaming the system, or the politicians or the media or our workloads for whatever we consider negative in our current situation?

100 Years of Denial

Stephan Pechdimaldji | Posted 03.18.2015 | Impact
Stephan Pechdimaldji

I grew up hearing stories of how my grandparents survived the Armenian Genocide. Of how my grandfather hid in a haystack for more than forty days while his father and brother were taken away, never to be seen or heard from again.

Makers of Our National Pastime: Lessons for Cities From Louisville -- the Birthplace of the Slugger

Jeremy M. Goldberg | Posted 03.18.2015 | Impact
Jeremy M. Goldberg

We are all "makers." We dream. We tinker. We design. We develop. We trouble-shoot and we deploy. Across industry -- public, private or government -- we're all making something; we're all part of the maker movement.

Through Education the American Dream Can Flourish

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 03.12.2015 | College
Dr. Dustin Swanger

Whether or not you agree with any of these positions is not what's most important. What is important, from the perspective of this op-ed, is that we examine our governments and their positions.

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: Views Of Government Just Get Worse

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 03.12.2015 | Politics

Americans' confidence in their government falls. Life has gotten more challenging for the middle class. And the fundamentals point to another close pr...

MENA's Misery Indices, a Story of Economic Failure

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 03.11.2015 | World
Steve H. Hanke

In my misery index, I calculate a ranking for all countries where suitable data exist. The misery index -- a simple sum of inflation, lending rates, and unemployment rates, minus year-on-year per capita GDP growth -- is used to construct a ranking for 108 countries.

OPIC is No Model Investor

Kindra Mohr | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Kindra Mohr

Liberian communities were excited when they first learned about the Buchanan Renewables project. However, big gains imply big risks, which can lead to catastrophic results, particularly in fragile and post-conflict regions where institutions are weak and communities are vulnerable.

Is Democracy Sick?

Dr. Ichak Kalderon Adizes | Posted 03.09.2015 | World
Dr. Ichak Kalderon Adizes

Democracy is based on the premise that all people are equal and all have the right to vote and whoever gets the most votes wins. But what happens if the politicians, in order to get elected, make promises which are disastrous for the country?

Sustainability Planning in New York City: Let's Build on the Path-Breaking Work of the Bloomberg Team

Steven Cohen | Posted 03.09.2015 | Green
Steven Cohen

New York City is America's largest local government, and it is at the local level that most people actually experience government's performance.

Sick of Money Corrupting Politics? Take the Fight Local

Charlotte Hill | Posted 03.03.2015 | Politics
Charlotte Hill

Until now, perhaps the single greatest stumbling block for the reform movement has been that many Americans are convinced victory is impossible, especially in a post-Citizens United world. This notion is unequivocally false.

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.