It seems the world has begun to realize that a large piece of the millennial generation has suffered the consequences of an increasingly unequal global economy that has fostered despair and in many places, violent expressions of dissatisfaction.
No matter which country I report from across the Middle East and Africa, unemployment almost always tops the conversation, often trumping all other grievances that dominate headlines.
The problems facing native populations are similar to those facing poor people all across the United States, except that there is even less money to help them than there is elsewhere. And those assembled agreed that there's one more problem that the native populations face.
Illinois is home to a vicious cycle that prevents its black residents from reaching their full potential, and too little attention is being paid to the numbers driving it.
People with disabilities in America are job-ready, college-educated and experienced professionals for whom working in a call center or in an assembly line wouldn't align with their valuable and hard-earned education and experience.
New York City faces a persistent conundrum: How can the city help homeless families out of shelters and into secure, stable housing--and prevent their return to the shelter system?
Officially, the recession ended five years ago. But there's something the financial newscasters don't tell you: Unless you're rich, those numbers don't apply to you.
With Ebola wreaking havoc on Liberia (and neighboring countries), the level of misery is, unfortunately set to soar.
The top-line numbers may appear promising. But a closer look under the surface of the labor market shows that the U.S. has a long way to go to really recover from the Great Recession.
A who's who of international economy watchers are imploring Washington to do what it hasn't done in nearly a decade: Pass a long-term, large-scale infrastructure plan. And while I wholeheartedly agree with the sentiment, I think it could be presented in a less abstract fashion.
The homebuyer of tomorrow should not be asked to pay for the fleeting temporary tax reduction and unemployment benefit extension of yesterday.
The growth of the American and global economies are the underlying drivers for most all equity investments. A clear discipline, dogged research, and dispassionate assessment are an investor's best friends.
That so many of our friends and neighbors face such profound financial insecurity after five years of supposed economic recovery tells me we have a lot of work to do if we're serious about America being the "land of opportunity."
It used to be thought that America's greatest strength was not its military power, but an economic system that was the envy of the world. But why would others seek to emulate an economic model by which a large proportion -- even a majority -- of the population has seen their income stagnate while incomes at the top have soared?
The issue many young people face is not a lack of motivation, but a lack of adequate career guidance at an early enough stage in their development -- and a critical societal failure to provide it.
It is true that the rate of economic growth has quickened, but that rate is still low by pre-recession standards. In July the IMF actually cut the U.S. growth forecast for 2014 to just 1.7 percent, the CBO's in August was just 1.5 percent. These are not stellar growth numbers.