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Economic Development

Early Influences Can Open Up the Future

Jack Nadel | Posted 10.24.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

Entrepreneurs not only provide us with critical innovation and keep us at the forefront of global markets, they also create ways to gain financial independence. So why has the percentage of start-ups in the U.S. dropped significantly in the last 35 years?

Fast-Tracking Myanmar's Reform

Stephen P. Groff | Posted 10.20.2014 | World
Stephen P. Groff

Myanmar needs strong institutions to safely navigate its return to the global economy. Incomplete institutional frameworks, hamstrung by weak human resource capacity, are arguably Myanmar's biggest hurdle.

A Case for Community in Cultural Planning for New York

Lane Harwell | Posted 10.03.2014 | New York
Lane Harwell

Today I add new learning about the importance of "community" to discussions underway about including a comprehensive cultural plan requirement in the New York City Charter.

Finding a Way Home: The Situation for Young Afghan Returnees

Vanessa Thevathasan | Posted 09.23.2014 | Impact
Vanessa Thevathasan

It is clear that the scale and complexity of problems facing refugees necessitates long-term political commitment in Afghanistan in order to bring about sustainable transformation for refugees.

A New Motor for the Motor City

Laura Hogikyan | Posted 09.24.2014 | Detroit
Laura Hogikyan

On Saturday, I rode with some co-workers in the Tour de Troit, a 30-mile loop around Detroit. The route begins in Roosevelt Park where the empty train station loomed large over the near 7,000 cyclists and beer tents at Corktown's edge.

Beyond the Paradox: Realising Africa's Agricultural Revolution (AGRF 2014)

Liz Wilson | Posted 09.10.2014 | Impact
Liz Wilson

Africa spends about $35 billion per year importing food. Imagine if it went to our farmers and fishing communities instead. Attending the Alliance f...

Diplomacy Is Only the Beginning: Nations in Conflict Need a Viable Economy to Truly Rebuild

Thomas J. Miller | Posted 09.08.2014 | Business
Thomas J. Miller

People need to trust and feel confident about where they live. Conflicts overshadow the conditions necessary for creating opportunities in which people can support themselves.

Living the Wage: Lessons on Privilege and the Unexpected

Joshua Mbanusi | Posted 09.03.2014 | Impact
Joshua Mbanusi

I found the psychological and behavioral privilege associated with living wage work to be startling. I became aware of how far I had disconnected from the reality that forces those who earn a minimum wage to forego the convenience and peace of mind that a few thousand extra dollars a year can quite literally buy.

Species Not The Only Things Facing Extinction

| Emily Underwood | Posted 09.05.2014 | Science

A different tongue dies approximately every 2 weeks.

Religious People More Spiritual than Atheists?

Nigel Barber | Posted 09.02.2014 | World
Nigel Barber

The decline of religion in developed countries offers a unique perspective on the religion-spirituality connection. What happens to spirituality as organized religion declines? Are regular churchgoers more spiritual to begin with?

Affairs of the Art: The Reinvention of Detroit

John M. Eger | Posted 09.02.2014 | Detroit
John M. Eger

This discussion of the value of the city's collection of some 60,000 pieces of art symbolizes what is happening as the city reinvents itself for the new economy, the creative and innovative economy.

Place Matters!

Edward Summers | Posted 08.29.2014 | College
Edward Summers

'Location, location, location' may be considered the realtor's mantra, yet colleges and universities also know it well. Some institutions are situated in rural parts of the country, others in small and mid sized urban centers that have seen tremendous decline and disinvestment.

The Countryside Strikes Back

John Feffer | Posted 08.29.2014 | World
John Feffer

Gabor Harangozo is one of the new young leaders of the Hungarian Socialist Party. He started out, as many of his generation did, working with Fidesz, which in the early 1990 was a liberal youth party. Gradually, however, he grew disenchanted with market liberalism and moved toward social democracy.

Economic Forces Are Mightier Than the Sword

Jack Nadel | Posted 08.29.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

We should do more to help potential entrepreneurs in places where domestic economies are too weak to assist. If we give this effort a higher priority in our country's foreign policy, we can create a healthier balance of world commerce.

When Workers Own Their Companies, Everyone Wins

Sean McElwee | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

America is a land of ownership and democracy--and yet these values are generally ignored in the workforce. Cooperatives can change that.

The Business of Selling Equatorial Guinea to Investors

Lisa Misol | Posted 10.08.2014 | Business
Lisa Misol

The forum agenda, designed to entice more American investment, skips over issues of government mismanagement and high-level abuse of power in Equatorial Guinea.

Why I Traveled To Ethiopia To Get My Birth Control

Joan Erakit | Posted 10.07.2014 | Women
Joan Erakit

The healthcare provider assured me that there was no need to make an appointment -- here at Mulu, patients came in and got family planning counseling services on a "walk in" basis. In addition, all family planning services and contraceptives were free. With the incentives mounting high and a full range of choices available, I could find no better place to start planning for my family.

Sec. Kerry's Opportunity in Burma: Political Pressure Coupled With Economic Development

Mickey Bergman | Posted 10.05.2014 | Politics
Mickey Bergman

Successful political reform in Burma relies on Burmese people seeing the benefits of democratization in their daily lives. So while we continue to apply pressure on the political track, we must not neglect, and in fact enhance, our efforts on economic growth, particularly for home and small businesses.

A Market Approach to Immigration

Noel A. Poyo | Posted 10.01.2014 | Latino Voices
Noel A. Poyo

With no reform in sight for our broken immigration system, the president of the United States should focus on addressing the market forces that contribute to this tragedy.

A Sustainable Approach to Combating Human Trafficking

Ariel Smilowitz | Posted 09.29.2014 | Impact
Ariel Smilowitz

Although today is the first ever World Day against Trafficking in Persons, the issue of human trafficking is hardly a novel one; rather, this crime has sadly survived and thrived for thousands of years.

Start Early to Be an Entrepreneur

Jack Nadel | Posted 09.28.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

In many ways, an entrepreneur's career is like a football game. Both combine a swift pace with a highly competitive atmosphere. The "game" is divided into four quarters. In the first quarter you assess the other team's strengths and weaknesses based on your scouting report.

Building Better Pathways to In-Demand Careers

Lee D. Lambert | Posted 09.24.2014 | College
Lee D. Lambert

The reinvigorated push for better job training announced this week by the White House is important for numerous reasons. As PCC's chancellor, what struck me was the critical role community colleges are again being called upon to play in readying our workforce for the in-demand jobs of the 21st century.

Could There be an Economic Rebirth for Rural America?

Pamela Patterson | Posted 09.22.2014 | Business
Pamela Patterson

I live in rural America. But my rural America is not the agricultural fields of waving grain so often imagined. It is not a land locked state in the center of our country.

To Find Your Mission, Disrupt Your Life

Patrick Struebi | Posted 09.18.2014 | Impact
Patrick Struebi

Curiosity, joy, integrity, clarity of commitment -- all of these are essential to social entrepreneurship in its deepest sense. But I had to disrupt my life and take a risk in order to rediscover them.

Combating Desertification in the Post-2015 Agenda

Mahmoud Mohieldin | Posted 09.16.2014 | Green
Mahmoud Mohieldin

Land degradation and subsequent desertification are becoming some of the most pressing development issues. It is estimated that one-third of the world's arable land has been lost in the last 40 years due to soil erosion.