iOS app Android app

Self Governance

The Excruciating Worth of Criticism

Paula Gordon | Posted 03.21.2017 | Politics
Paula Gordon

The democratic experiment is neither certain nor assured. It takes courage and perseverance, a willingness to wrestle with the toughest issues and to...

It's Time for a World Savings Initiative

William Horden | Posted 08.17.2013 | Home
William Horden

Self-governance begins somewhere. It must have the resources to enact its will. We have the means of changing the worst of things while letting the best of things stay the same. If not now, when? If not us, who?

Echos of Leadership

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 11.16.2012 | Politics
Jeffrey Abelson

Aside from the undeniable merit of his views, consider the actual language used. Serious. Intelligent. Thought-provoking. Wouldn't it be something if a sizable number of our politicians would actually talk like that today? Imagine how different the national debate might be.

Citizen Anthropologist Occupying Reno

American Anthropological Association | Posted 08.12.2012 | Impact
American Anthropological Association

Many view Occupy as a youth movement, with Occupy Wall Street as its epicenter, because of the financial meltdown; but its traditions are deep-rooted in human history, and Occupiers target social injustice worldwide.

The Other Trouble With 'Elites'

Sabrina Stevens | Posted 03.20.2012 | Education
Sabrina Stevens

I'm definitely not naive enough to discount the role of profit, self-interest, etc., in others' motivations, but I believe that most people want what's best for others, even if we disagree on what it takes for that to happen.

Measuring How We Do Business

Dov Seidman | Posted 02.01.2012 | Business
Dov Seidman

In business -- where the 20th Century adage that "you can't manage what you don't measure" remains as valid as ever -- we're finding that traditional measures just do not add up in a globally interdependent world.

The Benefits of Self-Governance on the College Campus: Empowering Students to Govern Themselves

Houston Dougharty | Posted 12.21.2011 | College
Houston Dougharty

Students learn how hard it is to operate openly, responsibly and accountably. Furthermore, by self-governing, they remove most of the conflict resolution burden from the professional staff, allowing them to focus on educational purposes.

Crowdsourcing for the Common Good

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 09.18.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Abelson

What if there were a way to neuter ideological extremists, and zero out the oversized influence of lobbyists and big money and all the corruption that follows? And do it pretty damn quick.

Whose Voice Matters Most?

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Abelson

There seems to lurk a sense among progressives that The People can't be trusted to think for themselves about the priorities of our national budget, or the direction of our country.

The Ties That Bind Soldiers and Citizens

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jeffrey Abelson

Exactly 2,500 years ago this year, a war was fought that made the world safe for democracy. It's a fitting tale for Memorial Day, for it reminds us of the eternal debt we owe our warriors.

Concentric Circles of Service

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jeffrey Abelson

There's a missing link in our quest for a good and equitable society. In addition to volunteering, we must educate ourselves and impact our government to achieve lasting change on prominent issues.

Seeking Civic Virtue in "Citizens United"

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Abelson

If this is the end of democracy as we know it, I say good riddance, because that is precisely what's brought us to this present moment of gridlock and polarization and corruption.

Optimizing Democracy

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Abelson

While issue after mega-issue begs in vain for wise and farsighted solutions from our fearless leaders -- politically-engaged citizens shake their heads in disgust and disbelief.