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Accountability

Trust Is Essential for a Sustainable Future

Mark Coleman | Posted 08.28.2014 | Green
Mark Coleman

The question is whether humans can harness the power of trust to envision and realize a shared fate that values each individual equally, and which honors other life on earth. Our time is up. It is time to trust!

Failure of D.C. Education Reform Initiatives Revealed

Elaine Weiss | Posted 08.12.2014 | DC
Elaine Weiss

This year's release of D.C. Public Schools standardized test scores came with much less fanfare than in 2013 -- growth in "proficiency" is smaller, and district leaders were recently called out for lack of transparency in past releases, and for using averages to hide growing race- and income-based gaps.

Low Carbon Cities in China, Serious Challenges and Signs of Hope

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 08.13.2014 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

Despite the worst fears of impending environmental tragedy that arise from a reading of air quality data or the trajectory of coal use, China is walking a path that many cities and nations have walked before.

How Fitbit Helped My Career

Caroline Dowd-Higgins | Posted 08.08.2014 | Women
Caroline Dowd-Higgins

My Fitbit has taught me to flex new muscles both literally and figuratively. I have changed my daily routine by walking at daybreak every morning and I have a renewed appreciation for accountability in my life and career.

8 Criteria for Personal Accountability

Dianna Booher | Posted 08.06.2014 | Business
Dianna Booher

In recent years, people have attempted to take responsibility for their personal development with performance tools and peer feedback systems. Some have been successful and made significant changes. Others, not so much.

The Three Core Questions to Determine: When Is a Company Serious About Sustainability?

Alice Korngold | Posted 08.02.2014 | Business
Alice Korngold

Companies will maximize the success of their sustainability efforts by collaborating with NGOs. Companies bring valuable resources to bear in achieving social, environmental, and economic impacts.

The Real Point Of Going Off The Grid

Kristen Noel | Posted 08.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Kristen Noel

It was time to unplug -- and not because I was guilted or shamed into it, but rather because it was time to seize another opportunity. The good news is that there is room for all of it, if you carve out the space. Balance.

Rescue for the Global Ocean (Part 4)

Peter Neill | Posted 07.28.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

While the past decade has demonstrated great public awareness of ocean issues, and in some cases some striking successes in ocean protection and stewardship, our overall progress toward a global solution has been limited.

Making Justice a Reality Where It Counts

Paul Seils | Posted 07.17.2014 | Politics
Paul Seils

Citizens must see social institutions at work in their home countries, as it is there that courts can repudiate wrongdoing and reaffirm the most fundamental elements of the contract that binds a society together. It is there that having the dignity of a citizen can have its fullest meaning.

Feel-Good (and Feel-Bad) Moments, Brought to You by Facebook

Bea Edwards | Posted 07.09.2014 | Technology
Bea Edwards

Whatever the terms of use included, no users agreed that their moods belonged to Facebook. If controlling your data means controlling your mood, then we need to take a step back.

Join National Campaign to Put Focus of Public Education on Student Learning

Dennis Van Roekel | Posted 07.09.2014 | Education
Dennis Van Roekel

The average American student and teacher now spend about 30 percent of the school year preparing for and taking standardized tests. This is time that schools could use to achieve their primary purpose of educating students. Instead, they become nothing more than test factories.

'Tunisian Spring' Continues, But Challenges Remain

David Tolbert | Posted 07.08.2014 | World
David Tolbert

The launch of the Truth and Dignity Commission in June marks a turning point in Tunisia's transition -- a groundbreaking step toward justice in a country that has experienced many human rights abuses, particularly during the reign of its last dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Number One Way to Not Forget Your Child in the Car? Be More Present

Aimee Le Zakrewski Clark | Posted 09.01.2014 | Parents
Aimee Le Zakrewski Clark

I am definitely not a perfect parent. Sometimes things slip my mind, but I can assure you I never forget my kids in the car. So, my solution and challenge for all parents: Be more present. Be better. Thrive. Hold yourself accountable to be more aware so things like this do not happen.

Resist the Rescue!

Nora T. Akins | Posted 08.27.2014 | Business
Nora T. Akins

Some managers, especially those new to the role believe they need to know everything. They see themselves as the answer-man or the go-to-person. This thinking unnecessarily reduces one's confidence and works against the role of manager, coach or leader.

Washington to Cairo: Start Acting Like a Democracy

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

For the United States and many other foreign leaders around the world, from Great Britain to Australia, this sentence was a vivid reminder of Egypt's grotesque reality: that of a country dominated by the military, where the right to a fair trial, a free press, and free expression are blatantly crushed.

Are You Creating Poverty?

Rea Nolan Martin | Posted 08.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Rea Nolan Martin

Last week, a remote acquaintance of mine said, "I would have read your book by now, but I keep waiting for you to give me an autographed copy." This w...

About Those Vergara Naysayers...

Eric Lerum | Posted 08.17.2014 | Education
Eric Lerum

The most interesting thing about Vergara v. California may not be the decision itself, but the reactions to it.

Our Accountability System Is Flunking Its Test

Dennis Van Roekel | Posted 08.10.2014 | Education
Dennis Van Roekel

We have built an entire so-called "accountability system" on test data derived from tests given on one day of the year. It's like applying for a mortgage loan and the bank only asking for a checkbook balance on a given day. If this sounds illogical, it is.

Let's Have an Honest Conversation About Accountability

Kati Haycock | Posted 08.05.2014 | Education
Kati Haycock

Let's be clear here. Our kids take the journey through school only once; the poorest among them, in particular, need us to get serious about their education while they are on that journey, not years later.

Future Shock: Why Today's Votes Mortgage Tomorrow's Dreams

Hon. Joseph J. DioGuardi | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Hon. Joseph J. DioGuardi

Together, we must urge our elected officials to implement accrual accounting principles at the federal level so that our nation can finally have accountability based on accurate financial information.

How Healthy Do You Want Your Nonprofit Board to Be?

Anne Wallestad | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
Anne Wallestad

Can you imagine saying, "I don't have time to manage my staff" or "We don't have the resources to fundraise"? No, it wouldn't happen, because it's understood we have to invest in these things for our organizations to flourish.

Loyalty and Responsibility

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

We hear so much these day about banks and companies that have become so large they are unable to manage themselves -- that there are so many layers of bureaucracy that illegal and unethical behavior can go undetected for years.

Overcome Your Financial Fears

Erin Cox | Posted 07.30.2014 | Money
Erin Cox

It's entirely possible to become financially savvy even if you never have before. This is something I can personally attest to despite the challenges I even face.

The Definition of Insanity at VA

Jim Moore | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
Jim Moore

For five years, VA leadership under Secretary Shinseki apparently continued doing the same things over and over in order to achieve a different outcome. And for five years, President Obama has supported the same secretary who continues to do the same things over and over.

It's Time to Abandon Our Rube Goldberg Accountability Contraptions

Mark A. Elgart | Posted 07.29.2014 | Education
Mark A. Elgart

The preoccupation with students' test scores have sometimes masked -- rather than illuminated -- causes of the real problems confronting our schools.