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Who Speaks for California Latinos on Climate Change?

Manuel Pastor | Posted 07.31.2015 | Latino Voices
Manuel Pastor

There are ongoing and vibrant disputes between economists over whether California's attempts to address our climate crisis can create jobs as well as protect the planet.

Mental Illness, Societal Oppression, and My Rebuttal to Bruce Levine

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 07.23.2015 | Healthy Living
J Nelson Aviance

In a recent piece posted on Salon.com, Bruce E. Levine made the bold statement that: For nearly two decades, Big Pharma commercials have falsely tol...

How Washington D.C. Can Improve Care for Patients at the End of Life

Walter Smith | Posted 07.16.2015 | DC
Walter Smith

A MOST -- called a MOLST or POLST in other places -- guides conversations between a patient and the patient's medical team about specific treatment options and interventions in light of the expected course of the condition.

Uphold This Law, Not That: Why Beyond #LoveWins and FHA Ruling, All Discrimination Needs Our Attention

Ramona Ortega | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
Ramona Ortega

The U.S. Supreme Court's recent rulings on gay marriage and the Housing Discrimination Act are two enormously important milestones united by more than a shared timeline. They are bound together by a shared purpose to dismantle discrimination in this country. But is that feasible?

Should We Stop Being Nice to Older Adults?

Roger Landry, MD, MPH | Posted 06.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Roger Landry, MD, MPH

Are we actually programming ourselves and our older adults for an aging experience that we don't want and does not have to happen? Yes, we are indeed.

Where Politics, Public Policy and Business Meet: Diversity Matters

Laura Cox Kaplan | Posted 06.02.2015 | Business
Laura Cox Kaplan

Studies consistently show that teams and corporate boards produce better results when the talent around the table is diverse (in terms of gender and race, and in terms of perspective and experience).

Needed: Modern-Day Rosie the Riveters

Surina Khan | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Surina Khan

Today, women comprise 47 percent of our workforce and our numbers are growing. In addition to being primary caretakers for our families, women are becoming primary income-earners, too.

A Progress Report on Impact Investing

Ben Thornley | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Ben Thornley

Topline numbers on market size and growth always steal the show when JP Morgan and the GIIN release findings from their annual survey of impact investors.

Detroit Discourse Takes a Turn for the Better

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 06.23.2015 | Detroit
Patrick O'Connor

Since compromise is the underpinning of our country's governance system, it should come as no surprise that our government doesn't work when compromise doesn't exist.

Through Smart Drug Policies, We Can Change Our Communities for the Better

Gary Mendell | Posted 05.23.2015 | Impact
Gary Mendell

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a staggering and tragic statistic: Heroin overdose deaths tripled from 2010 to 2013.

Elements of a Public Policy Discussion Concerning the Treatment of Mental Illness

Brad Reid | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics
Brad Reid

It is time as a society to rethink our approach to mental illness. This comment begins with an explanation of "public policy," followed by a very brief general history of our society's approach to mental illness, and concludes with 15 of the many questions that should be studied and debated.

Notes From a 'Commie' Sports Reformer

Ken Reed | Posted 04.13.2015 | Sports
Ken Reed

I am Sports Policy Director for League of Fans, a sports reform organization founded by Ralph Nader. In that role, I write position papers, columns, and a blog on what we think are the biggest and most important issues in sports today. I often call for significant change, and that can raise the ire of traditionalists, hence the incendiary labels I receive from some readers.

What Thomas Piketty and Larry Summers Don't Tell You About Income Inequality

Lynn Parramore | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
Lynn Parramore

According to economist Lance Taylor and his colleagues, we're not yet talking about the kinds of major changes needed to keep us from becoming a Downton Abbey society.

Setting the Record Straight on 97 Percent LTV Mortgages -- They Work

Garrick T. Davis | Posted 03.31.2015 | Business
Garrick T. Davis

Mortgage guarantor giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac both recently announced their intent to once again begin purchasing mortgage loans at 97 percent loan-to-value (LTV) in the case of first-time homebuyers.

How Do We Restore the Promise of Work in America?

Maureen Conway | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
Maureen Conway

Too often we begin with old assumptions about what government can accomplish or what business can do; we need to cast fixed ideas aside and remain open to learning from these examples, and many more, in order to find our way to restoring the promise of work.

How Governmental Sustainability Policy Can Speed the Transition to a Cleaner Economy

Steven Cohen | Posted 03.22.2015 | Green
Steven Cohen

Sustainability management is simply the latest step in the evolution of the field of organizational management. Twentieth century managers were concerned with finances, human resources, information, production, performance, marketing, strategy and globalization.

We Deserve a Safe, Just, and Prosperous Mexico

Ricardo B. Salinas | Posted 02.11.2015 | World
Ricardo B. Salinas

Mexico is unstoppable, I have no doubt, but needs to change. I hope that 2015 represents a new era for our country, but this depends on each of us. The fight against crime is in the interest of everyone.

Revisiting the Land of Opportunity

Wray Herbert | Posted 02.03.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

Fewer and fewer Americans, including many middle-class Americans, believe that they can even preserve their existing standard of living -- or that their children will do any better. But how accurate are these perceptions?

WATCH LIVE: The Future Of Work In The Sharing Economy

Posted 12.02.2014 | Impact

Watch Live Dec. 2 from 12:00pm - 1:30pm EST. Many have touted the sharing economy’s benefits for consumers, including convenient and affordable s...

Learning From the Silk Roads: Spices and the Demos

L.H.M. Ling | Posted 01.22.2015 | World
L.H.M. Ling

In my last post, I suggested a connection between spices and democracy. This notion sent Professor Rao, my old friend and foil, into paroxysms of laughter.

A GOP for America's future

Dustin Siggins | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Dustin Siggins

Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have promised that Congress would move on tax reform, the national debt, and repealing the Affordable Care Act. We hope that they follow through -- but given the GOP's tendency to overpromise and under-deliver, we have our doubts.

Some Utilities Are Making it Cheaper to Drive Electric Cars

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 01.11.2015 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

Some utility companies are starting to encourage consumers to make the switch to plug-in electric vehicles (EVs).

Exercising Public Policy: Promoting Physical Activity in the Fight Against Depression

Joe S. Moore | Posted 12.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Joe S. Moore

A staggering one in 10 Americans suffer from depression. Exercise is one of the most pragmatic, cost-effective, and potentially accessible tools we have for helping to combat it.

The Critical Need for a Citizens' Rights Movement

Frank Islam | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics
Frank Islam

Can citizens' movements make a difference? Absolutely, if they are targeted correctly, mobilized properly and sustained effectively.

Teaching the Next Generation of Leaders

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 11.19.2014 | College
Ola Ojewumi

As children we are taught to be leaders and not followers. In real life, there is no blueprint for successful leadership. We all have an image in our ...