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Mitt Romney, Big Bird and American Creativity

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 12.30.2012 | Arts
Hoyt Hilsman

Mitt Romney's comment in the first presidential debate about defunding Big Bird was the fodder for lots of jokes, but it has more serious implications, not just for public funding for the arts, but for the future of America's global competitiveness.

Why Women Get 'Catty'

Lisa Firestone | Posted 12.22.2012 | Women
Lisa Firestone

Think of the times we say things we regret about other women. Who are we saying these things to? In what context do these feelings arise? And most importantly, what are the underlying feelings driving the negative comment?

Connecting Wagons: Why and How to Help Lagging Regions Catch Up

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 12.17.2012 | World
Otaviano Canuto

If it weren't for the economic performance of China, Brazil and other emerging markets, the global economic slump following the 2008 financial crisis would have been much worse.

WATCH: 'Businesses Are Tired Of Being Seen As The Problem': Harvard Prof

Posted 09.18.2012 | Impact

Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter believes that America is failing to compete. The prolific author and leader of Harvard's Institute...

Fourth Quarter: A Sprint to the Line

Gary A. Officer | Posted 10.31.2012 | Impact
Gary A. Officer

It is widely understood that the fourth quarter, or the sprint to the line, represents the proverbial "make or break" for the business and nonprofit sectors.

8 Steps for Closing the Skills Gap

Amy Kaslow | Posted 08.21.2012 | Business
Amy Kaslow

A November 2011 Deloitte/Manufacturing Institute poll reveals that only 20 percent of American adults would advise their children to pursue manufacturing careers. Their bias is strong, their views distorted by old pictures of factory workers on the assembly line performing mind-numbing tasks.

Why the Future Will Be American

Rob Asghar | Posted 09.02.2012 | World
Rob Asghar

Americans may slow their own path if political dysfunction continues. But with even a little adjustment, a resilient, forward-thinking and forward-moving economy will result.

Global Financial Stability: What's Still to Be Done?

José Viñals | Posted 06.23.2012 | Business
José Viñals

The quest for lasting financial stability is still fraught with risks. The latest Global Financial Stability Report has two key messages: policy actions have brought gains to global financial stability since our September report; but current policy efforts are not enough to achieve lasting stability.

Education Reform: Why a Bachelor's Degree Still Matters

Peter Smirniotopoulos | Posted 06.02.2012 | Education
Peter Smirniotopoulos

It would be truly unfortunate if twenty years from now we woke up to the realization that U.S. prominence in the world's economy had dropped even farther from where it stood today, because we made the mistake of shortchanging our educational systems.

The Logic and Fairness of Greece's Program

Olivier Blanchard | Posted 05.20.2012 | Business
Olivier Blanchard

To get back to health, Greece needs two things. First, a lower debt burden. Second, improved economic competitiveness. The new program addresses both.

Overcoming Difficult People

Melissa Van Rossum | Posted 05.14.2012 | Home
Melissa Van Rossum

Isn't it interesting how we expect others to behave in a certain way so we can feel good about ourselves? And then when people don't behave as we want them to, we feel so disappointed and angry -- when really, most times, we're not actually surprised at their actions?

Memo to the World: America's Secret Sauce Isn't Made in Our Classrooms

Michael J. Petrilli | Posted 04.24.2012 | Education
Michael J. Petrilli

A few weeks ago, a couple of Japanese scholars dropped by the Fordham Institute offices for a visit. These gentlemen were curious about how we manage to produce so many innovative leaders.

The Aging Population: Economic Growth and Global Competitiveness

Robert Hormats | Posted 04.14.2012 | Fifty
Robert Hormats

We need a focused, society-wide effort to transform our vision of aging from a time of dependency to a time of continued growth, contribution, and social and economic participation.

The Power of Compassion

Deborah Calla | Posted 04.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Deborah Calla

The human experience is based on exchange and connectedness. We do need each other to experience and to share.

What Can We Learn From the French

Josh Sawislak | Posted 02.11.2012 | DC
Josh Sawislak

French workers actually have a stronger work ethic than American, British, or Dutch employees. However, the French still lag in the top-line competitiveness score behind all three. So what gives?

It's the Century of Biology: Are the Candidates Listening?

Jonathan D. Moreno | Posted 02.05.2012 | Politics
Jonathan D. Moreno

So far in this election cycle, the only vaguely relevant recognition of the importance of leadership in biotechnology for the country's future was a polemical and uninformative exchange on vaccination policy.

Actually, Despite GOP Claims -- the U.S. Isn't Over-regulated

Steven Strauss | Posted 01.29.2012 | Business
Steven Strauss

Leaving aside the GOP candidates' anecdotal views, it is helpful to examine real data that compares the U.S. regulatory burden with that of our peer group.

Republicans Cut Top Science Office by 1/3

Shawn Lawrence Otto | Posted 01.16.2012 | Politics
Shawn Lawrence Otto

So many of our problems revolve around science and so few of our students -- and policy makers -- value what science does for them enough not to turn it into a political football -- or even seem to understand its fundamental relationship to democracy, power, and politics.

Streamlining Regulation: How to Reduce Rules without Reducing Competitiveness

Peter Fox-Penner, PhD | Posted 11.01.2011 | Business
Peter Fox-Penner, PhD

Rather than impose moratoria on new rules, we should remove or replace sub-standard rules and improve the rulemaking process.

Resolve and Determination: How We Get Out of This Together

Christine Lagarde | Posted 11.27.2011 | Business
Christine Lagarde

I feel strongly that the global community is beginning to respond to our shared plight. Why? Three reasons: a shared sense of urgency, a shared diagnosis of the problems, and a shared sense that the steps needed in the period ahead are now coming into focus.

Words of Advice for Soccer Parents

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 09.27.2011 | Parents
Bruce Reyes-Chow

Parents have to help their children to discover the joy of healthy competition, but competition taken too far can lead to an attitude that everything is a competition and worth is based on winning and losing.

The Spiritual Starvation Of Competitive Sport

Dianne Hollands | Posted 09.24.2011 | Healthy Living
Dianne Hollands

In a place where over 200 gifted female tennis players arrive at a professional tournament and only one woman leaves victorious on a weekly basis, the ability to dust off the failures and move on with a smile is paramount.

Laying-Off Teachers To Demonstrate How Much They Are Appreciated

David Coates | Posted 07.12.2011 | Politics
David Coates

At what point will the president tell the speaker of the House of Representatives that teacher appreciation is vital to the long-term economic health of this country? That point ought to be now.

To India and China, With Love: America to Send Back Her Job-Creating Graduates

Dinkar Jain | Posted 07.12.2011 | Business
Dinkar Jain

Never before has a country invited the best brains from around the world, given them an education using her own money and then asked these brains to depart and invest their blossoming talents for the progress and betterment of other nations.

Asia's Supply Chain and Global Rebalancing

Anoop Singh | Posted 07.11.2011 | Business
Anoop Singh

Much of the debate over global rebalancing has focused on the U.S.-China trade imbalance. But that's missing the bigger picture.