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Thinking Across Disciplines to Drive Science and Policy

Antonia Sohns | Posted 05.22.2015 | Green
Antonia Sohns

Right after meeting with post-doctoral students to discuss river hydrology, Dr. Margaret Palmer welcomed me into her office to discuss science, communication and the work of the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) in Annapolis, Maryland.

The Robots are Coming: How a Caring Economy Is the Best App for a Shrinking Job Market

Riane Eisler | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics
Riane Eisler

The tech and automation job-quake is finally gaining attention, with predictions that nearly half of American jobs will be lost within a couple of decades. Yet too many leaders still avert their eyes, making decisions through a rear-view mirror rather than planning for a horizon already upon us.

The Arts and Arts Education Are Part of the Solution

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 05.05.2015 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

We are in a springtime of mixed messages in America. Some graduation ceremonies feature stories of great opportunity by commencement speakers, while others are solemn events where graduating seniors are simply processed out the door toward an uncertain future.

The Undeniable Benefits of Housing Counseling Are Worth Every Cent

Garrick T. Davis | Posted 05.04.2015 | Business
Garrick T. Davis

The case for the widespread use of housing counseling in America's residential housing marketplace is both simple and straightforward.

As You Grieve, Their Motto Is 'Your Loss'

Christopher Elliott | Posted 04.27.2015 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

Marlene Eckert was looking forward to a spring river cruise in southern France, which included planned ports of call in scenic Lyon, Beaujolais, Arles and Avignon, along with an extension to Nice. But in January, her husband suffered a massive heart attack and died.

Kids Must Be Our Nation's Top Priority

Jim Steyer | Posted 04.27.2015 | Impact
Jim Steyer

As we all know, kids don't sit in corporate boardrooms and don't have the votes or economic power to make their voices heard. Yet, their success in life is absolutely essential to our nation's future. And when we stand up for all kids, we stand up for the best interests of our own kids

Is the FDA unKIND?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.28.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Chances are, if you have ever ventured just about anywhere outside of your own house, that you are familiar with the increasingly ubiquitous KIND bars...

Is Silicon Valley the 'Epicenter of Social Change?'

Matt Mahan | Posted 04.04.2015 | Technology
Matt Mahan

So, is Silicon Valley becoming the "epicenter of social change," as Michelle Quinn, the San Jose Mercury News reporter who approached me, suggests in her column? It remains to be seen whether the tech sector will continue to have an outsized impact on social and political issues driving the national dialogue.

There's More Than One Kind of Family -- It's Time Our Laws Include Everyone

Yee Won Chong | Posted 05.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Yee Won Chong

My family does not look like me. We don't share the same DNA. But our family ties are real and our economic stability is interdependent. We must make sure the rights of each person and their families are equally protected.

EU Asylum Policy: The Necessity For a Shared Responsibility

Athéna Tacet | Posted 05.17.2015 | World
Athéna Tacet

It's time for the EU Member States to agree on a common supranational policy that will overcome national interests for the purpose of reducing the human cost of migrations while respecting Europe's commitment to the rights and freedoms of asylum-seekers.

Paid Family Leave Moves Forward in Connecticut with Bipartisan Support

Michelle Noehren | Posted 05.16.2015 | Politics
Michelle Noehren

Something historic just happened in my home state of Connecticut. The Connecticut General Assembly's Labor and Public Employees committee moved forward a bill that would create a state-wide system of paid family and medical leave, with bipartisan support.

The Dance of Liberals and Radicals

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.16.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

History shows that liberals need radicals. We need radicals because drastic change against entrenched evil and concentrated power requires personal bravery to the point of obsession. It requires a radical sensibility to look beyond today's limits and imagine what seems sheer impossibility within the current social order. And sometimes it's necessary to break the law to redeem the Constitution. No great social change in America has occurred without radicals, beginning with the struggle to end slavery. Causes that now seem mainstream began with radical, impolite and sometimes civil disobedient protest. But here's where the story gets complicated. Radicals also need liberals. Liberals can write policy proposals to their hearts' content. But unless they are backed by radicalism on the ground, they are playing in a sandbox.

Against the Backdrop of Selma, Another Injustice in America: Deporting Adoptees

Adam Pertman | Posted 05.09.2015 | Politics
Adam Pertman

The last time I wrote about this issue, about the deportation of adopted people who were born in other countries after committing crimes in the U.S., was over two years ago. I said then, and I repeat in light of this new case today, that criminals should absolutely be punished -- but sending them to a place where they know no one and don't speak the native language is simply appalling.

Don't Wait Until 2016 To Make Political Change

Joelle Gamble | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics
Joelle Gamble

We need to continue the charge to bring the people most affected by these problems into the process of fixing them. Why? Because broad participation will lead to quality, inclusive outcomes.

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

J. L. Morin | Posted 03.31.2015 | 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.

How to End Child Poverty for 60 Percent of Poor Children and 72 Percent of All Poor Black Children Today

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

It is a national disgrace that so many poor children live in the United States of America -- the world's richest economy. It doesn't have to be this way. It's costly. And it's the greatest threat to our future national, economic and military security.

Here's Hows Texas Is Leading the Political Tech Revolution

Francisco Enriquez | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
Francisco Enriquez

If you told me two years ago that Texas would be on the cutting edge of employing online tools to connect voters directly to their government's policy-making processes, I wouldn't have believed you.

The Entrepreneurial Advantage

Patrick Daniel | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Patrick Daniel

Unlike any other place in the world, the U.S. has been the haven for immigrants from around the world to launch ideas for which they have been ridiculed at home. Today, however, the country's immigration policies curtail its potential by making it difficult for immigrants to start a business.

Lessons from Chile: Annual Testing in Schools

Gary Anderson | Posted 03.16.2015 | Education
Gary Anderson

While research evidence does not support current pro-choice and high stakes accountability reforms, their ideological appeal seems widespread. Perhaps we can learn from a country in which these neoliberal policies were imposed before they became prominent in the U.S.

Politics, Diplomacy and Social Media

2morrowknight | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
2morrowknight

It is hard to even imagine how many countries and heads of state didn't have a Twitter or Facebook account not that long ago. In fact, popular Greek politician Eva Kaili has also been a strong proponent of digital outreach by elected officials

Current SSI Levels Leave Low-Income Seniors Out in the Cold

Kevin Prindiville | Posted 03.01.2015 | Politics
Kevin Prindiville

Most people have an idea of practical ways to keeps seniors safe this winter: space heaters, rubber-soled boots, or clearing your elderly neighbor's icy sidewalks. But the big-picture safety issues unfortunately cannot be solved with a shovel and some salt.

The Coming of the Light: Top 10 for Policy and Action in Integrative Medicine and Health in 2014

John Weeks | Posted 02.21.2015 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

In 2006, I began publishing, on or near the winter solstice, an annual Integrator Top 10 list for the emerging field of integrative health and medici...

You Don't Know What It Means to be Successful

Danielle Posa | Posted 02.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Danielle Posa

Don't get caught up in the machine. And if you think you're stuck, or that you don't have any other options because you can't get out of your job, or (insert reason here), just simply start talking about what you want. You might be surprised how quickly people want to be part of it, and who would be willing to help you get there.

You Don't Need to Found a Company to Change the World

Jeremy Pesner | Posted 01.06.2015 | Small Business
Jeremy Pesner

With all of these wonderful resources, what could possibly be the downside of entrepreneurship? Well, there are a few reasons, and they indicate the wider systems of institutions, policies and economics that play just as large a part in shaping the state of the world.

Good but Not Good Enough: Moving Public Will on Early Childhood Education

Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. | Posted 01.06.2015 | Education
Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr.

The Obama White House has proposed that high-quality pre-school be extended to every child in America and has been convening meetings around the country with a broad group of stakeholders dedicated to his early learning agenda.