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Common Sense Missing in Debate on American Public Education

Elizabeth Evans | Posted 08.30.2014 | Education
Elizabeth Evans

Change is hard and change is scary. So, it's all the more important that when we're making big changes -- especially to essential public services like education -- we take more care to focus on the goal and bring all the stakeholders together.

The 2014 Clean Energy Resolution

Kelly Rigg | Posted 03.01.2014 | Green
Kelly Rigg

Here are five simple ideas which anyone can do, even if you don't own your own home, have the money to trade in your gas powered car for an electric one, or have the roof space on which to mount solar panels.

Diversity and Higher Education: Our Communities Need More Than "Narrowly Tailored" Solutions

Nancy Cantor | Posted 10.02.2013 | College
Nancy Cantor

At the risk of distracting us from devising appropriately "narrowly tailored" means for increasing diversity in higher education guided by the Fisher decision, I'd like to suggest we step back from our law books, databases, and spreadsheets and focus a moment on a thought experiment as follows.

Four Victories for the Public Good

David Morris | Posted 06.17.2013 | Politics
David Morris

I'm not saying it's time to break out the champagne and start chanting, "The people united will never be defeated." But the past few weeks have brought us some heartwarming demonstrations that the popular will still has a bite.

Good Trade Policy: Three 'Thought Experiments'

Stan Sorscher | Posted 04.21.2013 | Business
Stan Sorscher

Imagine a thought experiment, where we put environmentalists in each country in charge of negotiating the next trade agreement. Preposterous! I know. Stick with me.

What If We Did Trade Right?

Stan Sorscher | Posted 01.29.2013 | Business
Stan Sorscher

Everyone I know is in favor of trade done right. But global trade agreements go overboard in protecting investor rights.

The Next Four Years: Higher Growth

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

The true issue Obama is facing is the same one he faced four years ago: How to make the economy grow at a higher rate and reduce unemployment.

Religion and Technology in America

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 12.15.2012 | Science
Evaggelos Vallianatos

Garry Wills, professor of American history and author of Bomb Power, says that the atomic and nuclear bomb remade the country into a National Security State fostering perpetual emergency, secrecy and war.

Industrial Policies for Economic Development

Stan Sorscher | Posted 01.21.2012 | Business
Stan Sorscher

When a company comes to government, we should have conditions that encourage production to stick in our local economy. We should see a clear public good that raises the standard of living for workers and communities.

Why Democracy Is Public: The American Dream Beats the Nightmare

George Lakoff | Posted 09.27.2011 | Politics
George Lakoff

The democracy of care, shared responsibility, and trust is the democracy of the American Dream. The "democracy" of no care, no shared responsibility, and no trust has produced the American Nightmare that so many of our citizens are living through.

The State of Union Address President Obama Should Have Given

David Morris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Morris

This might be the time to face some hard truths. And the hard truth is that inequality is economically as well as socially harmful.

Copenhagen and the Commons

Jamil Zaki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jamil Zaki

Informed, committed nations working together should be able to tap into people's common goal to stave off the effects of climate change, but the leaders at Copenhagen neglected some simple rules for creating such cooperation.

Obama Misses the Point on Health Care Debate

Sandy Maisel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sandy Maisel

We witnessed Professor Obama explaining the intricacies of the policy options in sonorous tones. What was missing was the very simple concept that health care is a public good.

Politics, Personalities and the Business of Doing Good

Jake Brewer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jake Brewer

Trying to make the world a better place is messy and almost always full of the same back-room shenanigans chronicled throughout the political sectors, but with one difference: those involved act like it's not, and no one talks about it.