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The Power of Diversity and the Coming Democratic Movement in Higher Education

Harry Boyte | Posted 07.30.2014 | College
Harry Boyte

There is evidence that students today, perhaps sensing the alternative narrative of cooperative excellence, are looking for something different than the elite-making system. Their aspirations could fire a movement for democratizing reform.

Higher Education and Rising Inequality

Harry Boyte | Posted 07.19.2014 | College
Harry Boyte

Higher education today embodies individualistic, hypercompetitive achievement norms which contribute to inequality in a number of ways. And it has enormous, if often unacknowledged, power shaping career plans of its students and helping to authorize "what counts" in the intellectual life of the nation.

The Top Eight Reasons I Made the Move: Princeton, One Man's Paradise

Steve Mariotti | Posted 08.09.2014 | Education
Steve Mariotti

Princeton has already become a wonderful home for me, and has helped me grow intellectually and in other ways, as well. May you also find the wealth that I have discovered here.

The Power of You: One Size Really Doesn't Fit All

Ayelet Baron | Posted 07.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Ayelet Baron

Please celebrate yourself and what you bring to the world. The label may read "one size fits all" but in reality, you are powerful in whatever size and shape you come in. Throw away the label and the expectations and do the hard work for your own peace of mind.

The Impulse to Travel

Andrew Lam | Posted 05.06.2014 | Travel
Andrew Lam

I do not know where the impulse to travel comes from but I have always had it bad, ever since I was four or five. A Vietnamese child living in the Me...

Genes and Values: The Dopamine Connection

Wray Herbert | Posted 04.02.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

All cultural generalizations are wrong when it comes to individuals. We all know Europeans and Americans who are self-effacing and communitarian in their world view, and Asians who are fiercely independent. So why do some individuals conform to cultural norms and others not?

An Open Letter to My Daughter, Who Will (Someday) Ask For Her First 'Real' Tattoo

Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo | Posted 03.25.2014 | Parents
Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo

I cannot imagine how many times you have wanted to do something long before your father and I were ready to let you do it, nor can I imagine the young woman you would be if I could.

LOOK: 9 Reminders To Own Your Individuality

Posted 11.26.2013 | Healthy Living

The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you f...

Is Individualism Good or Bad?

Richard Koch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Richard Koch

As the American government partially shuts down, it is easy to blame excessive individualism for the impasse. Is individualism the root of our problems, or the answer to them?

6 Reasons Why I Hate the Term 'Personal Brand'

Jill Knapp | Posted 09.12.2013 | Business
Jill Knapp

It seemed impossible to constantly live your life on brand. The sheer pressure and conformity of it all reminds me way too much of trying to be popular in high school.

Cross-Cultural Parenting in Japan: Differences in Affection

Sherilyn Siy | Posted 10.22.2013 | Parents
Sherilyn Siy

In all the times I have gone to parks, play groups, and children's play centers here in Japan, I have yet to see a Japanese parent kiss and hug their kids. If you understood Japanese, you would probably never hear a Japanese parent say "I love you."

Living Your Spaces

Cameron Conaway | Posted 06.23.2013 | TED Weekends
Cameron Conaway

When Candy Chang talked about sharing "the same public spaces" and of gaining "a better understanding of our landscape" something in her voice seemed to be asking: How do you live your space? How will you live your space differently after my speech?

Why Everything You Know About Yourself Is Wrong

Robert Fuller | Posted 08.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Fuller

While we all casually refer to our self, no one knows quite what that self is. Nothing is so close at hand yet hard to grasp as selfhood.

Post Tiananmen: China's Body Image Shifts From Cultural to Sexual Revolution

Andrew Lam | Posted 08.03.2013 | Books
Andrew Lam

There came a startling moment when everything shifted. A man carrying two plastic bags, one in each hand, stood directly in the path of a column of armored tanks, effectively preventing them from proceeding down the avenue toward Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

Wake-Up Calls for Societies of the 21st Century

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 07.13.2013 | Impact
Arzu Kaya Uranli

We have to be more sensitive to such wake-up calls, before our communities turn into a complete "collection of strangers."

Individualism vs. Social Science

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 06.05.2013 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

NPR's social science maven reported that President Obama may have undermined the success of gun control legislation when he stated that "We are responsible for each other." Americans, Shankar Vendantam stated, care about individual rights and liberty, not the common good.

The Education of a Vietnamese American Writer

Andrew Lam | Posted 03.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Andrew Lam

Finding and following my passion and path in life is a bit like that. Scary. Delightful. A struggle, to be sure. But once I dove into that pool, I took to the water. And I kept on swimming.

We the Forgetful People

Jag Bhalla | Posted 03.30.2013 | Politics
Jag Bhalla

Despite what President Obama called a "centuries-long debate about the role of government," the Constitution clearly defines a duty to "promote the general welfare."

A To-do List From a Mom Who Wants to Do Better

Erin Smith | Posted 03.25.2013 | Parents
Erin Smith

We only get one chance at this life and one of my biggest fears is getting to the end with regrets. The only way to minimize regrets is to take stock of where we currently stand in life and be willing to change, or at least slightly adjust, direction.

King of Queens: Straight Guy in the Queer Eye

Conquistador | Posted 03.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Conquistador

I have a bigger moustache than your father, higher heels than your mother and I'll steal your girlfriend if you call me "faggot" one more time. Lock up your daughters, shoes and handbags, because Conquistador is coming to town.

The Social Context of Mass Murder

Robert Koehler | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Hey, loser! And so the nail is driven in. This is isolation; this is the coffin. And there are so many ways of saying it. The social context of bei...

7 Ways To Stop Caring What Others Think Of You

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 12.13.2012 | Teen

Whether it's constantly rechecking the number of "likes" on your new profile picture or worrying about being able to pull off an edgy new haircut, see...

The Future Rise of the Grand Old Party

Zachary K. Pearce | Posted 01.21.2013 | Politics
Zachary K. Pearce

The liberal -- sorry, "progressive" -- elites love to talk about the fictional death of the Republican Party. But the Republican Party's future is as bright as ever.

Need More Jobs? Revive the Public Sector

John Tirman | Posted 11.10.2012 | Politics
John Tirman

Lessons from the tough neighborhoods of Rio and Johannesburg also have meaning for the United States. One of the consequences of the severe budget cuts the GOP envisions under the Ryan plan is a growing disconnect between communities and government.

Ayn Rand Was Consistent

Rev. Chris Glaser | Posted 10.27.2012 | Religion
Rev. Chris Glaser

She was an individualist and an atheist. Notice what I am NOT saying: I am not saying that an atheist is necessarily an individualist. In truth I am aware of more atheists who are collectivists than individualists.