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Robert Putnam

A Liberating Space for Humane Dialogue on Television

John Bredin | Posted 07.07.2015 | Good News
John Bredin

This year marks the five-year anniversary of Public Voice Salon, a TV show I co-created with my wife that seeks to revive the lost art of human conversation.

Our Kids and Theirs

Martin Marty | Posted 06.08.2015 | Religion
Martin Marty

Social scientists of some sorts often alienate audiences and readerships when they choose to speak or write in dense and turgid phrases. But perceptive and phrase-making Putnam can hold his own with eloquent peers when gathering resources, summoning data, or framing an argument.

Our Kids Aren't the Only Ones Suffering From Inequality. We're Failing Our Parents Too!

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

Yes, by all means, let's talk about inequality of opportunity for our kids because that's where it all starts. But let's also remember that those kids grow up, and when they do, it doesn't get easier. The scars of childhood last a lifetime.

Robert Putnam's 'Our Kids' and the Story of Us

Harry Boyte | Posted 05.28.2015 | Books
Harry Boyte

Putnam calls for citizens to lobby for federal policies such as expanded tax credits for the poor, more day care and growth in community colleges -- much the legislative agenda of President Obama, who was denounced for "class warfare" when he proposed it.

How to Combat Child Poverty in the U.S.

Bruce Lesley | Posted 05.28.2015 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

It's not something that just afflicts people of one color or ethnicity. It's striking families who never imagined that they could find themselves telling their kids that they don't have any food or that the electricity has been shut off.

Robert Putnam's Our Kids and Reclaiming the American Dream

John Thompson | Posted 05.21.2015 | Education
John Thompson

I doubt that Putnam fully realizes how appreciative teachers are of his efforts to shift our toxic education debates to a conversation about the real problem, the opportunity gap. To close the racial and economic achievement gaps, we must regain the confidence required to tackle out-of-school issues as well as in-school issues.

What Portion of Our Collective Wealth Are We Willing to Invest So People Can Succeed?

Deborah Weinstein | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics
Deborah Weinstein

The budget outline just passed by Congress would make massive cuts in anti-poverty programs. The president is right to reject that stunted vision and to insist that Congress stop the cuts and re-start investing.

American Innovation Can Narrow the Opportunity Gap for Kids

Wendy Lazarus | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Wendy Lazarus

Both parties should renew their commitment to that most basic American value -- the American Dream -- and show how they will deliver on that promise to the families of today. They can also point to a little American ingenuity to get the job done.

Why You Should Really Start Doing More Things Alone

The Washington Post | Roberto A. Ferdman | Posted 05.04.2015 | World

On any given Friday night, bars, restaurants and movie theaters tend to fill up with people spending time with friends, lovers, and family. But when t...

Robert Putnam - And Why Community Schools Matter

Martin J. Blank | Posted 06.28.2015 | Education
Martin J. Blank

In his book, Putnam recognizes the power and potential of community schools to address some of the challenges that our young people, our families, our communities and the entire society face.

Putnam's Path Forward for 'Our Kids' Should Start With the Upside-Down Tax Code

Andrea Levere | Posted 06.07.2015 | Politics
Andrea Levere

Robert Putnam's latest bestseller, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, is a synthesis of charts and data brought to life through skillful and at times heart-wrenching stories of the uneven playing field facing young people across the country.

The Economics of Morality

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 06.01.2015 | Impact
Peter A. Georgescu

The question ultimately is why America's moral standards seem to have fallen so far. Drug and alcohol abuse remains widespread. The two-parent nuclear family seems to be quickly disappearing.

Want to Solve Inequality and Child Poverty? End the War on Drugs

Inge Fryklund | Posted 05.31.2015 | Chicago
Inge Fryklund

Stopping the drug war is a major change that, in one fell swoop, would ameliorate a whole host of problems for poor children and their families. Both liberals and conservatives are getting behind the idea.

The Cost of Doing Nothing

Tracy Hoover | Posted 05.30.2015 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

Employees have stopped writing #RaceTogether on cups at Starbucks, and critics have mostly stopped sneering at the effort. Will other companies now become wary of promoting or discussing social change?

These 9 Graphs Show The Sad State Of Child Poverty In America

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics

This is an especially bad time to be born into a low-income family, according to data from a new report. In the report, University of New Hampshir...

Caring for "Our Kids" Is a Faith Challenge

Katherine Marshall | Posted 06.14.2014 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

Again and again the lines that show trends in America between rich and poor open wider and wider. The gaps get larger. That's true for education, nutrition, participation in sports and teen pregnancy.

Our Kids, Our Future

Jane Williams | Posted 03.11.2014 | Education
Jane Williams

In one of his last interviews before disappearing to write his next book, Robert Putnam spoke with Jane Williams on Bloomberg EDU about the growing gap in social mobility among U.S. children.

YOYO, WITT, Globalization, and a Heartfelt Tale From the Heartland

Jared Bernstein | Posted 10.05.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

At the bottom of the globalization debate is a fundamental error by the policy, political, and punditry community: the assumption that people are first and last consumers, not workers. But when trade effects prices, it also effects jobs and wages.

Celebrating a Year of Progress on Expanded Learning Time

Chris Gabrieli | Posted 07.15.2013 | Impact
Chris Gabrieli

The Time to Succeed Coalition launched a year ago with a simple mission: to ensure all children in our nation's communities have more and better learn...

Why Interfaith Efforts Matter More Than Ever

Eboo Patel | Posted 06.23.2013 | Religion
Eboo Patel

These times require all of us to be interfaith leaders, to signal clearly that the worst elements of every tradition represent nobody.

Socially Responsible Investing: Whence Did We Come? And Whither Are We Going?

Robert Zevin | Posted 11.06.2012 | Business
Robert Zevin

Many of us are now embarrassed to say that our religious or moral or political views should and do affect our investment selections. We know the gatekeepers don't want to hear it; and they know that many of their institutional clients definitely don't want to hear it.

Time and Money: The Story of Single Moms

Peter Edelman | Posted 09.17.2012 | Politics
Peter Edelman

The debate should be about how we get child care to everyone who needs help with it, paid parental leave, assured child support and a decent system of income assistance.

Where's Tom Joad Anyway?

Craig Werner | Posted 06.25.2012 | College
Craig Werner

This idea that the American Dream involves making as much cash as possible for yourself is well out of date, and the time has come for a change.

Occupiers or Liberators?

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 01.04.2012 | Business
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

Today a group in the U.S. that labels itself "occupiers" has taken up temporary residence on Wall Street and other cities across the country. In our opinion, these so-called occupiers also deserve the appellation "liberators".

Don't Like Our Current Politics? Become a Christian Independent

Rev. Jim Ball | Posted 10.15.2011 | Religion
Rev. Jim Ball

Being a registered Independent is a practical, tangible way to declare our independence from poisonous partisanship; it can also be an opportunity to consciously reaffirm our allegiance to Christ in all things.