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American Dream

Restoring Our American Dream

Michael Farr | Posted 11.28.2012 | Business
Michael Farr

Elections are over, politicians continue to bicker, and Greece insists on furthering their already impressive implosion. Thanksgiving may help if it can bring to mind those seminal American values that are the foundation and bedrock of our country.

The Asian-American Dream

Andrew Phu Quoc Nguyen | Posted 01.21.2013 | College
Andrew Phu Quoc Nguyen

Socioeconomic diversity is a good marker of a strong institution. However, social affirmative action pertaining to Southeast Asians has only partially fulfilled its legacy.

Bleeding Competitiveness: Americas New Immigrant Entrepreneurs -- Then and Now (Infographic)

XPRIZE | Posted 01.20.2013 | Business
XPRIZE

By Vivek Wadhwa Vice President of Academics and Innovation, Singularity University. A new Kauffman Foundation study finds that the number of hi...

Twilight of the Old White Guys

Mark Morford | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics
Mark Morford

This doesn't mean it's going to be easy. This doesn't mean it's going to be smooth or fun or make any sort of cohesive sense. Not by a long shot. And ...

'Shh-Thanks-Givin': My First Thanksgiving in America -- A Former Refugee Remembers

Andrew Lam | Posted 01.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Andrew Lam

We had arrived in America with nothing but rags in our backpacks and a few ounces of gold that my mother had tucked into her money belt. An impoverished aunt took us all in. Soon there were 10 people crowding together in Auntie Lisa's tiny two-bedroom apartment in San Francisco.

Next Economy, Buddhist Economy

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted 01.12.2013 | GPS for the Soul
Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

We don't just need more jobs, we also need a rehab of the American dream. To build a new economy we have to let go of the old dream, of that American dream that equates work with necessary evil.

An American Dream for All

Jim Kirsch | Posted 01.12.2013 | Impact
Jim Kirsch

It is my belief that our nation can and will make meaningful progress in putting Americans back to work, and here are four good news reasons why.

Protecting the American Dream Should Be the President's Top Priority

Nitin Nohria | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Nitin Nohria

Many people equate the American Dream with the attainment of a set of possessions -- a car and a home or a rising standard of living. Those are certainly desirable, but the more important element differentiating the U.S. economy from most others is social mobility.

We Live in a New World

Ginnie Love | Posted 01.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Ginnie Love

Today I wake and I am not a therapist or teacher, but a student. I am a humble student in awe of the new world in which we live.

The Future Has Voted

Rosario Dawson | Posted 01.07.2013 | Latino Voices
Rosario Dawson

They've come out of the shadows to fight for their families and themselves. And now, the ones who can have shown that they will vote -- and that makes me explosively optimistic about our shared future.

Prosperity, Privilege and Power: My New American Dream

Jessica R. Dreistadt | Posted 12.29.2012 | Politics
Jessica R. Dreistadt

If we want prosperity, we need to act with integrity. If we want privilege, we need to share and to serve. If we want power, we need to release our hold on it -- or rather its hold on us. And we need to do so freely, consistently and compassionately.

America Is Awesome

Michael Shammas | Posted 12.25.2012 | College
Michael Shammas

America has problems that should be fixed, but the fact is that in much of the world -- including the war-torn country my parents come from -- people would kill to have our problems.

52 Reasons to Vote for Obama: #24, Supreme Court Appointments

Bernard Whitman | Posted 12.25.2012 | Politics
Bernard Whitman

Electing Romney would be devastating to the future of the Supreme Court and the country. If Romney is elected and Ginsburg retires, over the next four years a real shift in power would occur.

This Openly Gay, South Asian Stand-Up Comic Isn’t Giving Up On His American Dream

Vidur Kapur | Posted 12.24.2012 | Gay Voices
Vidur Kapur

I'm one of the first out gay South Asian comics, and I know that I will not be the last, because amidst the jokes and laughter, I know that I can and will inspire someone else to realize that no road is closed off. Including comedy.

Mending the American Dream

Doreen Clark | Posted 12.23.2012 | Business
Doreen Clark

The file cabinet of melancholy justifiably highlights negativity and glass-half-empty metrics; however, our mindset may be detrimental to progress and the mending of The American Dream. We must ask, "What is working?"

Defying Gravity: The History of 40 Years of Wealth Falling Up

Dan Froomkin | Posted 12.22.2012 | Books
Dan Froomkin

Who stole the American Dream? The short answer to the question in the title of Hedrick Smith's new book is: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Wal-Mart. But the longer answer is one heck of a story, told by one of the great journalists of our time.

Is the American Dream Still Worth It?

Toni Emerson | Posted 12.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Toni Emerson

I'd like us to ask ourselves if our quality of life and our level of fulfillment are as good as we had hoped it would be, or if instead we are letting ourselves be ruled by greed vs. goodness and compassion toward others.

American Dream or Fantasy?

Nelson Davis | Posted 12.18.2012 | Small Business
Nelson Davis

If you expect the government to somehow guarantee that you'll have a better life than your parents, own a home or be promoted to vice president of a giant corporation, that is more fantasy than a dream.

Dehumanizing Profits: Business 101

Nick Bassill | Posted 12.16.2012 | Business
Nick Bassill

We are becoming cogs in a machine, engineered to control the decisions of us all through advertising and promotions, to get our money through our purchases, and then, as we lose our jobs and businesses, become unwilling consumers to corporate and foreign interests.

Planning the American Dream

Richard V. Reeves | Posted 12.12.2012 | Politics
Richard V. Reeves

The debates over social mobility will rage between and within the main political parties. But they should do so on firmer ground. The nuts and bolts of congressional and government machinery make poor copy for soaring campaign speeches. But the American Dream sorely needs some planning.

The American Dream?

Bob McKinnon | Posted 12.11.2012 | Politics
Bob McKinnon

Until we can have a deeper and more nuanced conversation about what makes the American Dream not just possible but probable, we will continue to hear mentions of things like Big Bird as political punch lines.

Reframing America's Debate

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 10.10.2012 | Politics
Peter A. Georgescu

How are the people doing? What are the needs of different groups of Americans? What does the nation owe its citizens in this time of crisis? Are we a happy family or a dysfunctional one?

Andre Cymone's American Dream

Ginnie Love | Posted 12.10.2012 | Arts
Ginnie Love

Encouraging all artists and fellow American's to use their creative talents to express their voice and elicit change Cymone sets a precedent hoping to encourage others not only to vote but to take an active part in creating the future.

The Messy Majesty of America

Farai Chideya | Posted 12.08.2012 | Politics
Farai Chideya

When we are in the throes of another election year, and we feel the need to retreat to our false sense of aloneness, let us remember we are part of a grand experiment. Compared to the cultures of Europe, Asia, and Africa, the American admixture is still wet clay.

Growing Up to Be President

Grant Calder | Posted 12.07.2012 | Politics
Grant Calder

Today's students seem less influenced by their parents' experiences than by the fact that the nation has been at war in Iraq and Afghanistan for almost as long as they can remember, and by years of recession and fitful recovery.