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Young Professionals Can Take a Stand on Anti-LGBT Legislation By Voting with Our Feet

Nico Barawid | Posted 04.19.2016 | Politics
Nico Barawid

I love the city of Memphis and the state of Tennessee. Even though I currently live in San Francisco, I will always support my hometown Grizzlies vers...

Social development means what, exactly, for parents?

Eve Sullivan | Posted 02.19.2017 | Parents
Eve Sullivan

A brief bit of background . . . last year the UN set 17 Sustainable Development Goals for the year 2030. These follow the eight Millennium Development...

The Attack on Planned Parenthood Is an Attack on the Impoverished

Matt Hartman | Posted 08.18.2016 | Politics
Matt Hartman

Defunding the largest organization providing education and pregnancy prevention services will only increase the percentage of young people relegated into poverty, not only in this generation but also for generations to come.

What I Learned at the DEA Museum

Bruce Barcott | Posted 06.20.2015 | Politics
Bruce Barcott

As Americans celebrate 4/20, I'm getting pelted with questions about the growing legalization movement. Why is legalization happening now? Until recently, I cited two factors. A few days ago, I added a third factor. It came after a visit to the Drug Enforcement Administration Museum outside Washington, D.C. 

To Achieve Big Results From Social Policy, Add This

Lisbeth (Lee) Schorr | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics
Lisbeth (Lee) Schorr

The growing chasm between unmet social needs and what our social institutions are routinely accomplishing cannot be crossed one small step, or one standardized program, at a time. Something shown to have worked somewhere will not automatically produce the same effects elsewhere.

Cheap Oil and the Poor

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 03.11.2015 | Home
Marcelo Giugale

Depending on the model economists use and the assumptions they make, they estimate a net stimulus that ranges from small to very small. But, behind the word "net," lies a wide spectrum of gains, pains, people, and policies.

The Future of Getting Lost

Mark Fallows | Posted 11.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Fallows

As controllers of technology, individually and collectively, we must balance technological connection with disconnection, have the discipline to lose ourselves in our unconscious minds, and have the focus to listen to our souls.

Homes Don't Cure Homelessness

Harriet McDonald | Posted 10.08.2014 | Impact
Harriet McDonald

I have spent 25 years advocating for the homeless. And I know that if the solution to homelessness were as simple as taxpayer supported homes, one of the thousands of smart, passionate advocates working on this crisis would have already come up with that answer.

Public Health Advocacy: Creatively Applying Medical Knowledge to Social Policy

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 09.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Ritterman, MD

I had the honor of being on a panel at the Champion Providers Training, held at the lovely Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco this July. Forty-five physic...

Social Impact Bonds: Solving Government Problems in Four (Not So) Easy Steps

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
John Roman, Ph.D.

At the cutting edge of new social innovation financing are social impact bonds (SIBs), a potentially transformative idea. The deals transfer risk from the government to the private sector and generate new capital to invest in evidence-based interventions that would otherwise go unfunded.

Would the Marlboro Man Get Diabetes Today?

Riva Greenberg | Posted 08.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

I just returned from Findlay, Ohio where I addressed 25 people with Type 2 diabetes. Most of them use insulin and most rely on Medicaid for their insu...

Welfare and the States

Rabah Ghezali | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Rabah Ghezali

For most Europeans, the violence of the debate over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as the "Obamacare") in the United Sates seemed quite puzzling.

The Military and the Catholic Church Share a Moment in Time

Jon Ossoff | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics
Jon Ossoff

Is it just me or do the revelations that the military's sexual predatory behavior is even more egregious than it seemed a few weeks ago (and even then...

A Quibble That Revealed a Lot

Frank A. Weil | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics
Frank A. Weil

If we accept the position that public social support has to have some rational limits, then many more people must build on whatever that base of support will be to push their lives further forward with their own efforts, brains, energy and ambition.

Conservatives, Health Care and Fire Departments

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 06.09.2012 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

This philosophical argument over the role of government has been going on in America since colonial days, and in Europe long before that. One of the most interesting debates was over firefighting services.

Lynne Peeples

It's About Time: How Working Less Helps Environment, Economy | Lynne Peeples | Posted 02.24.2012 | Green

There's nothing really natural about the 40-hour work week -- let alone the 50-plus hours many Americans spend on the job. Some people argue the U...

Decoding 'Social Management'

Posted 11.21.2011 | Home

By David Cohen, The Diplomat The Chinese Communist Party is tired of playing Whac-A-Mole with social unrest, and over the past few months it has d...

Imagining President Obama's Council of Elders

Paul Stoller | Posted 10.31.2011 | Politics
Paul Stoller

Why not convene a council of unconventional elders -- academics, writers, artists, technology wizards, farmers, small business owners and public officials? They would give President Obama unfiltered advice on all sorts of issues.

Why Everybody Thinks Those "Lazy, Immoral, Inherently-Defective" Poor People Are Actually Quite Well-Off

Erica Payne | Posted 06.05.2011 | Politics
Erica Payne

By changing nuances within the language we use to describe poverty and inequality, we can begin to change the narrative so it is finally accurate.

Memos From the Developing World: The State and Me

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Marcelo Giugale

Over the past two decades, most developing countries (35 of them in Africa alone) began to make direct cash transfers to their poor. Initially, this w...

Memos From the Developing World: The End of Poverty

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Marcelo Giugale

If governments could put two dollars in poor people's pockets every day, poverty would be finished. Of course, things are more complicated than that.

UK's New Government Begins to Revise Social Policy Efforts

Reid Cramer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reid Cramer

Led by Tory Leader David Cameron in partnership with the Liberal Democrats and Nick Clegg, a new government has taken power in the UK, ending the Labo...

Social Innovation for Low-Income Communities: Turning Risk Into Reward

Michael Laracy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Michael Laracy

Social innovations are catalysts that bring together creativity, expertise and a relentless focus on results to solve problems and dramatically improve performance across the country.