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Accountability

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 07.02.2014 | 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 06.27.2014 | 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 06.24.2014 | 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 06.19.2014 | 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 06.18.2014 | 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 06.10.2014 | 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 06.05.2014 | 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 06.04.2014 | 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 06.04.2014 | 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.

Performance Measurement in Health Care and Education

Matthew Di Carlo | Posted 07.20.2014 | Education
Matthew Di Carlo

In both the education and health care contexts, among the more common objections to adjusting performance measures is the idea that doing so represents "setting different expectations" for institutions (schools/hospitals) based on the people they serve.

50 Shades of Karma (No Grey Area Here)

Kristen Noel | Posted 07.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Kristen Noel

We've got a credit rating for almost every aspect of our lives, but what about our karma? Is your soul in good standing?

In Pursuit of Brown

Eric Lerum | Posted 07.16.2014 | Education
Eric Lerum

Lots of folks are reflecting on the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. I first realized the true reach of Brown 12 years ago, when I w...

Why Many Unemployed Workers Will Never Get Jobs

Ira Wolfe | Posted 07.07.2014 | Business
Ira Wolfe

The problem with traditional job skill training in many cases is that you can walk a horse to water but you can't make it drink. Far too many workers -- employed and unemployed -- don't seem interested in finding water on their own.

Re-Designing Justice in Liberia

Blair Glencorse | Posted 07.06.2014 | Impact
Blair Glencorse

The design thinking approach helped us understand how to make this service more people-centered and effective over time. It also helped us refine the model in response to feedback and build a communications strategy that works.

Do American Firms Need an Asian Sense of Honor, With Resignations at the Top?

Judith Samuelson | Posted 06.29.2014 | Business
Judith Samuelson

Last week I participated in a small conference of executives and scholars at NYU on the interplay of law and voluntary initiative in setting the tone ...

Transition and Transformation in the Nonprofit Sector: Understanding the Need for For-Profit Best Practices

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 06.21.2014 | Impact
Joseph Amodeo

When I graduated from college with a bachelor of arts in religious studies, working in the nonprofit sector seemed like an appropriate 'fit.' However, now more than ever the sector is in need of students and professionals from a variety of disciplines.