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Oh, the Humanity. Putting Faces on Social Causes

Wray Herbert | Posted 08.21.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

It's very difficult and expensive to get people to comply with social causes -- especially causes that may not benefit us directly. But humanizing issues may, by stirring up guilty feelings about hurting others, lead to selfless action.

The Law Is a Baseline and Nothing More

Mark Baer | Posted 08.10.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Consider the impact of a family systems and service based approach, meaning that there are value-added inputs being offered to the families, rather than merely a brokering of deals.

The PRH (Personal Responsibility for Health) Chronicles, Part 6: Culture, Power, and Responsibility

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.03.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

If you know it's important to control your weight and attend to your health, but almost everything in your environment and your culture conspires against such efforts -- how responsible are you, personally?

Insurance and Climate Change... It's Complicated

Eli Lehrer | Posted 07.28.2013 | Business
Eli Lehrer

The insurance industry's positions on climate change do help validate that it is real and a problem. But when it comes to a broader set of claims that environmental groups tend to make, the insurance industry as a whole doesn't really have that much to say.

Don't Blame Empathy

Jodi Halpern | Posted 07.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Jodi Halpern

People care about more than numbers. They care so much about subjective well-being that they are willing to trade years of life for improved quality of life. Cold reason is really not sufficient to assess anyone's quality of life. That evaluation requires a robust application of empathy.

The New Era of Public Innovation: Part II

Ben Thornley | Posted 07.16.2013 | Impact
Ben Thornley

The breakthrough moment in Lima was the signaling effect resulting from the clearly articulated convictions of every public official present -- an overarching vision that aligns the region's governments with the "process" of social inclusion at hand.

The New Era of Public Innovation: Part One

Ben Thornley | Posted 05.01.2013 | Impact
Ben Thornley

If you can create and prove a social innovation that we need, we will stand behind you with the full weight of government -- clearing regulatory hurdles, building yours and your market's capacity, providing access to data, opening up distribution channels, and becoming your best customer.

More Treatment, Less War: The White House Drug Policy Reform

Jason Silverstein | Posted 06.28.2013 | Politics
Jason Silverstein

Many people who want substance abuse treatment can't get it. The White House wants to fix this. Can they do it, and will it help?

The Last Straw Campaign at Sacred Heart University Keeps the Focus on Newtown and Gun Violence

Steven Michels | Posted 06.10.2013 | College
Steven Michels

It's true that no single change will stop every incident of gun violence. But that's a call to do more, not less. Gun rights and gun control are not mutually exclusive positions.

Right Brain/Left Brain Thinking

John M. Eger | Posted 05.28.2013 | Science
John M. Eger

Not unlike many media outlets, The New York Times recently reported about President Obama's call for "a multiyear research effort to produce an 'activity map' that would show in unprecedented detail the workings of the human brain."

Texas Needs New Leaders

Mark Yzaguirre | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Mark Yzaguirre

Texas is a vast, nation-sized state. For there to be any hope for beneficial change in Texas, multiple groups must work with one another to get their message out to the voters. Change in Texas won't come overnight or through the actions of only one organization.

From Parking Lot to Paradise - the Revenge of Urban Agriculture

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 05.17.2013 | Green
Charles A. Birnbaum

Urban agriculture during my baby boomer childhood in New York City, when postwar agricultural production became increasingly industrialized, amounted ...

A Salvo in the Soda Wars

Wray Herbert | Posted 05.12.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg's controversial ban on large, sugary drinks was slated to go into effect today. The regulations were intended to help curb runaway obesity rates. This is based on sound psychological science.

Sequestration Puts Children at Risk

Michael Piraino | Posted 05.01.2013 | Impact
Michael Piraino

Sequestration is a scary word. Outside of Washington, D.C., it has the sense of seizing property or isolating juries. But the D.C. definition -- a general cut in funding -- carries a real likelihood of danger. Danger to children.


Ricardo B. Salinas | Posted 04.16.2013 | Latino Voices
Ricardo B. Salinas

The Curiosity Rover is a fantastic example of research and development, a solar powered machine, designed to collect information from Martian soil, to establish whether or not there ever were or ever will be suitable conditions to harbor life in that planet.

Priorities for the Jewish Community in 2013

William Daroff | Posted 04.16.2013 | Impact
William Daroff

As the chief lobbyist for the Jewish Federations of North America I am often asked about our advocacy issues, and how we decide on those priorities. T...

What Good Is College?

Michael Benson | Posted 04.15.2013 | College
Michael Benson

There is nothing in the world like the American system of postsecondary education. These remarkable institutions need to be celebrated, supported, and nurtured if our country and our economy have hope of viability in the future.

Why Liberals (and Conservatives) Should Be Careful With Gun Laws

Paul Heroux | Posted 02.11.2013 | Crime
Paul Heroux

What then will conservatives say when a mass shooting happens and it is not done at the hands of someone afflicted with a mental illness?

All the Wrong Questions

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.31.2013 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

If "the people" does not, and cannot, mean all people, and if the Founders did not further specify which people -- then that is a question we are obligated to ask and answer. Which people? And, similarly, what arms?

China, Regulation and Securing the Operating System of Life

XPRIZE | Posted 03.17.2013 | Business

By Marc Goodman By Marc Goodman, Chair for Policy, Law and Ethics at Singularity University and Founder of the Future Crimes Institute. The Committe...

Swaniti Initiative: A Blend of Policy and Grassroots Action

Devanik Saha | Posted 03.12.2013 | Impact
Devanik Saha

The debate between policy action vs. grassroots action, comparing the impact of each, has been doing the rounds for a long time.

Do Gun Bans Work?

Paul Heroux | Posted 01.08.2013 | Crime
Paul Heroux

When you hear the pundits or politicians on TV talking about the only or the best way to reduce gun violence, ask yourself if you have heard the person talk about the different types of gun violence. Not all gun violence is the same.

Spending Quality Techy Time with Congresswoman Anna Eshoo

Mike Montgomery | Posted 01.20.2013 | Technology
Mike Montgomery

Maybe it's what you'd expect from Silicon Valley's representative in Congress, but Congresswoman Anna Eshoo really understands the intimate connection between public policy and our digital future.

Sharing Economy Law: Outdated Rules Create Opportunity

April Rinne | Posted 01.20.2013 | Business
April Rinne

Today presents an unparalleled opportunity for current and aspiring lawyers, policy makers, and engaged citizens to help redefine the enabling environment for the Sharing Economy and, in the process, to help rewrite the cultural narrative about what "the good life" means.

USAID's New Youth Policy Is Timely and Urgent: Here's Why

Bill Reese | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Bill Reese

New policies and procedures are announced nearly every day in Washington, D.C., often with little notice, and sometimes, deservedly so. However, a new youth policy just released by the U.S. Agency for International Development deserves not only our attention, but real applause.