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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.

The Rising Costs of Climate Denial

William S. Becker | Posted 12.31.2012 | Green
William S. Becker

It is long past time to recognize that when it looks like a climate duck, and it walks like a climate duck, and it quacks like a climate duck, and our best scientists conclude that it is indeed a climate duck, it's a climate duck, not Chicken Little.

Romney's Tax Plan and His Promise to Create U.S. Jobs: It's Impossible to Make Sensata Them

Peter Smirniotopoulos | Posted 12.26.2012 | Politics
Peter Smirniotopoulos

Sensata Technologies both underscores that Governor Romney is not qualified to be president by virtue of his business experience, while also exposing the complete fallacy of Romney's tax proposal.

Charities Shouldn't Strive to Speak in Only One Voice

Pablo Eisenberg | Posted 12.22.2012 | Impact
Pablo Eisenberg

Nonprofits will never share a broad consensus about which issues are most important. The best that nonprofits can accomplish is to strengthen their individual advocacy and lobbying activities and join with other organizations in coalitions that fight for specific policy changes.

The Real Reason Schools Are Failing: They're Boring and Lack 'Edutainment'

Stephen Estes | Posted 12.02.2012 | Education
Stephen Estes

A little less talk, a little more action, and a bit of edutainment, and I think I see how the world's children will come to realize their true potential and build the skill-sets they will someday need.

Don't Blame Everything on Psychology

Allen Frances | Posted 11.28.2012 | Media
Allen Frances

I have an offer for David Brooks. If he promises to stop being an amateur psychologist, I promise to stop being an amateur columnist. What Brooks doesn't know about psychology is a lot. Everything he says about it has a shallow ring, is misinformed, and displays the same bias and ulterior motive.

There is No Having It All, There is No Perfect (and, Spoiler Alert: There is No Santa Claus, Either)

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 11.25.2012 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

Told we can have it all, we heard we must do it all. Told we can do anything, we heard that whatever we choose to do, it better be something good... and we better do it perfectly.

The Age of Hyperbolic Leadership

Terry Newell | Posted 09.22.2012 | Politics
Terry Newell

Even where hyperbolic leadership "works" in the short run, to produce a political decision ("victory"), the long run price is steep.

Mindful Eating vs. Obesity

Amy Spies | Posted 07.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Amy Spies

You fold a tiny raisin into your hand, perhaps thinking about the journey it made to reach you, farmers planting seeds, nature providing water. You squeeze the creases of the aged, dried grape, maybe feeling the wrinkles as the hands that picked the ripened fruit had done.

Advocacy Tools That Influence Congressional Decision-making

David K. Rehr | Posted 08.28.2012 | Politics
David K. Rehr

You now know more than some of the 12,000 plus lobbyists walking through the corridors of power on Capitol Hill. Use it to promote your passion -- whatever that passion might be.