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Becoming the Sustainabilitity We Seek

Rich Tafel | Posted 06.16.2012 | Politics
Rich Tafel

It is time for the nonprofit sector to change the rules that change the world. It must become the sustainability it seeks from others. Until there's a shift from scarcity to sustainability, we will never drain the swamp.

Two for Tuesday: The Latest on Common Pesticide and Coal Ash

Bill Chameides | Posted 06.10.2012 | Green
Bill Chameides

A product used not just by farmers but also by lots of us common variety home gardeners and lawn groomers has been linked to a variety of unsavory health effects from cancer (in people) to hormonal disruptions (in animals).

Shifting the Conversation on Early Childhood and Technology

Daniel Donahoo | Posted 05.27.2012 | Education
Daniel Donahoo

The challenge has shifted. It is no longer useful to simply think about limiting children's exposure and access to TV or screens. We need to understand what quality digital tools are and what quality practice looks like.

NCRW Annual Conference 2012: Leveraging Women's Voices

Linda Basch | Posted 03.21.2012 | Women
Linda Basch

NCRW's Annual Conference showcases current scholarship as well as the advocacy and policy work that is essential for advancing an agenda for change.

The Best Way for Congress to Help Small Businesses is to Not Close the Small Business Administration

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.20.2012 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

Small businesses are proven to be this nation's chief engine of economic stimulus and job creation but President Obama plans to close the only federal agency that exists to help America's 28 million small businesses.

U.S. Fuel Economy: Past, Present and Future

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.16.2012 | Green
Bill Chameides

OK, amidst the discussion of rising gas prices, we have some good news on the car front. The average mpg for cars sold in the United States is on an upward climb, and has been for a while.

Superintendents, the Correct Answer Is "D -- All of the Above"

Elaine Weiss | Posted 05.09.2012 | Education
Elaine Weiss

Education leaders appear oddly removed from the myriad out-of-school obstacles faced by the many students living in and near poverty.

Tech Sector Unified in Protecting Innovation and Combating Piracy

Rey Ramsey | Posted 04.10.2012 | Technology
Rey Ramsey

As word of the risks spread among entrepreneurs, investors, academics, cybersecurity experts and consumers learned about the risk, the sector came together. That is no small feat. This is an industry that has nearly 6 million jobs all throughout the nation.

A Look at Our Energy Outlook

Bill Chameides | Posted 04.08.2012 | Green
Bill Chameides

Crossposted with TheGreenGrok.com.Steady as we go with energy but definitely not on our climate target. Presidential Disconnect? A little more than tw...

What Schools Are Really Blocking When They Block Social Media

Craig Watkins | Posted 04.01.2012 | Education
Craig Watkins

Can social media be a distraction? Absolutely. Will some students access questionable content? Yes. But many students use social media to enhance their learning, expand the reach of the classroom and fashion their own personal learning networks.

Shame on Humana for Banning Smokers From Employment

Liz Ryan | Posted 03.10.2012 | Business
Liz Ryan

Shame on Humana, and Geisinger Health Systems and yes, the American Lung Association, and any organization that contorts ethics and morality to believe its employees' daily habits are fair game for its scrutiny.

12 New Year's Resolutions For The TSA In 2012

Christopher Elliott | Posted 03.03.2012 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

No more lies.

Louis C.K. Takes the Internet Seriously

Christopher Mitchell | Posted 02.21.2012 | Technology
Christopher Mitchell

Louis C.K.'s "fun little experiment" illustrates the threat to the cable business model. Cable has long been the gatekeeper to content -- Comcast decides what channels I can choose from. But right now on the Internet, I choose what content I can choose from.

Number of Working Poor Families Continues to Grow: Does Work Still Pay?

Brandon Roberts | Posted 02.19.2012 | Business
Brandon Roberts

It's time for policy makers to put American working families first. As more families drop from the middle class, the number of working families that are low-income increases.

Durban Climate Change Agreement: 'A Remarkable New Phase'?

Bill Chameides | Posted 02.12.2012 | Green
Bill Chameides

Does the Durban Platform really "set a new course for the global fight against climate change"? Maybe, but it will require a whole lot of work by the likes of the United States and China to keep the world on that course.

Making the Right Call: When Protecting Kids Is Good Business and Good Law

Sheila Tendy | Posted 01.31.2012 | Crime
Sheila Tendy

There is a tremendous opportunity to learn from the horrific allegations coming from the Penn State incident to better protect our children from pedophiles who use their reputation and professional standing to sexually abuse children.

The War on Drugs Has Failed - It's Time for a New Approach

Amanda Feilding | Posted 01.24.2012 | UK Politics
Amanda Feilding

There is much debate as to what the best model of future drug control might look like, but the important thing is not the specific policy to be implemented, but the principles upon which they will be founded and the freedom for countries to experiment with new approaches.

Only Artists Can Make The Difference

John M. Eger | Posted 01.22.2012 | Education
John M. Eger

Recognizing the vital role of the arts in the new economy may be the most important aspect of a 21st century education.

Time for a New Gauge

Harris Silver | Posted 01.18.2012 | Green
Harris Silver

The way you drive affects your efficiency performance. With an efficiency gauge you experience this in real time. By watching the gauge, you learn how to drive more efficiently.

A Changing Climate About Climate Change in D.C.?

Bill Chameides | Posted 01.15.2012 | Green
Bill Chameides

I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for a Congressional resolution marking the end of climate skepticism -- or the beginning of major climate legislation -- any time soon.

Why Parents Help Tweens Violate Facebook's 13+ Rule

danah boyd | Posted 12.31.2011 | Parents
danah boyd

Parents often want their children to learn how to be responsible digital citizens. Allowing them access is often the first step.

Deconstructing Harry Jackson: Is Jim Wallis' Ideology Really "The Doctrine of Devils"?

Timothy King | Posted 12.21.2011 | Religion
Timothy King

"I don't think Bishop Jackson is offended by my ideology but by scripture itself. If he wants to toss out what the Bible has to say about wealth and poverty he might as well toss out the whole book..."

Take Your Pick from the Energy Subsidies Tree: Apples, Oranges, or Blossoms

Bill Chameides | Posted 12.19.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

When assessing green energy subsidies, a little history helps.

Too Little Too Late?

Marjorie Gilberg | Posted 12.19.2011 | Los Angeles
Marjorie Gilberg

Cindi Santana and her family did everything right to ensure her safety and the system failed them. Responding to dating abuse requires parents, schools, community leaders, law enforcement and elected officials to work together.

Stagflation Risk and What This Means for Stocks

Gemma Godfrey | Posted 12.19.2011 | Business
Gemma Godfrey

As the outlook for growth continues to deteriorate, whilst the price for goods and services remain stubbornly high, the risk of stagflation returns. This would be a tough scenario, where policy options tackling one of these issues would only worsen the other.