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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.

Five Ways to Stop the Threat to Global Health From Climate Change

Jeremy Leggett | Posted 05.24.2015 | World
Jeremy Leggett

The advent of a strong voice from the medical profession, in the push for a meaningful climate treaty at the Paris Climate Summit in December, is hugely welcome. It is part of a multi-sectoral mobilisation that is offering increasing hope around the world that humankind can see off the climate-change threat, and spin its collective response into a global renaissance.

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.

The Predictable Disaster in Nepal

Blair Glencorse | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Blair Glencorse

Despite the challenges, Nepal has huge amounts of social capital, diaspora engagement, international goodwill and access to regional resources. It is time for all of us to capitalize on these and make sure the earthquake response is timely, fair and accountable. This is the very least the people of Nepal deserve.

Hacking a 21st Century Government

Gavin Newsom | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Gavin Newsom

This online tool for the digital age will give advocacy groups fighting for veterans, the homeless, and foster children, the ability to easily keep tabs on where lawmakers stand on issues important to them.

Cultural Contradiction: America the Brilliant -- and Banal

Daniel Davis | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Daniel Davis

Our current political system has advanced at something close to glacial speed since about 1860 when the Republicans fielded their first presidential candidate (Abraham Lincoln). Since that time, there has been precious little change in how politics has been done.

Jesse Rifkin

How These Mayors Rise Above The Stress Of Their Demanding Jobs

HuffingtonPost.com | Jesse Rifkin | Posted 05.04.2015 | Healthy Living

Politicians occasionally feel compelled to tell us how hard they're working (and how little they're sleeping), but is that a lifestyle that really pos...

What Makes Some Federal Agencies Better Than Others at Innovation

Tom Fox | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics
Tom Fox

It's worth pausing to examine what sets apart those agencies that reward creativity and innovation. They tend to have developed innovative cultures by providing forums for employees to share and test new ideas, by encouraging responsible risk taking, and by occasionally bringing in outside talent for rotational assignments to infuse new thinking into the workplace.

5 Lessons Government Can Learn from Khan Academy

Steve Ressler | Posted 05.01.2015 | Technology
Steve Ressler

Khan Academy is changing how kids (and even adults!) are learning across the globe. With over 2,400 courses from arithmetic to physics and 100,000+ exercises, millions of people across the globe are learning from the world's top experts at Khan.

Is Your DACA Renewal Delayed? You Are Not Alone

Juan Escalante | Posted 04.29.2015 | Latino Voices
Juan Escalante

The following advice should not be taken as replacement for that of a seasoned attorney. However, from one undocumented immigrant to another, here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding DACA.

List of States Considering Driver's Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants Grows

Juan Escalante | Posted 04.30.2015 | Latino Voices
Juan Escalante

While in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants continues to be a hot issue, particularly in states like Texas, state legislatures across the country are now dealing with a new immigration related issue -- driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants.

How Urban Tech Is Disrupting Government Procurement Policies

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 05.07.2015 | Technology
Lisa Abeyta

I spent the past few days with our COO at the Smart City Startups Festival in Miami, Florida, interacting with some of today's most visionary, innovative urban tech startup founders who are disrupting almost every facet of the urban landscape.

Louisiana, It's Time for Change!

Brent Tippen | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics
Brent Tippen

Mr. Jindal is telling corporations and small businesses "don't waste your breath," when the economy in Louisiana under his watch is failing. His economic development strategy combined with his backward worldview on social issues does not show that Louisiana is open for business.

Young and Entrepreneurial: How April Cuenca's Journey to 51 Provinces in the Philippines Led to the Creation of Tourism Startup FlipTrip

David Ongchoco | Posted 04.28.2015 | Travel
David Ongchoco

Cuenca explained, "Fliptrip is your gateway to finding new destinations. Find an unexpected paradise and have a great adventure right here in the Philippines." FlipTrip connects tourists to local communities, organizing you transportation, activities, accommodation and itinerary.