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Next Stop: Equal Pay Day

Megan Beyer | Posted 04.03.2014 | Women
Megan Beyer

With so many families now relying on the earning power of women, why not take that supply chain approach a step further to require our government contractors to pay men and women equally? The relative success of the Swiss model speaks for itself.

The next generation of government problem solvers

Tom Fox | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Henry Brady is the dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and a keen observer of government and politi...

LGBT Health: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Questions Are a Must

Sean Cahill, Ph.D. | Posted 03.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Sean Cahill, Ph.D.

If all 50 states asked these questions every year, we would have a much larger data set and could look at the intersection of racial/ethnic health disparities with sexual minority disparities, and at issues affecting older adults who are lesbian, gay and bisexual.

Poor and Uninsured? You've got an Obamacare Discount Waiting

PolicyGenius | Posted 03.13.2014 | Money
PolicyGenius

If you know people in your family or circle of friends who still haven't shopped for health insurance on one of the marketplaces, either because they're worried about the cost or because they have no idea how it all works, feel free to use the information below to help clear things up.

Impact Investing: Building on Strong Foundations in the U.S.

Ben Thornley | Posted 03.12.2014 | Impact
Ben Thornley

In short, active impact investing markets are built on substantial policy foundations.

America: Paying the Piper

Terry Newell | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics
Terry Newell

One of the lessons we teach our children is simply this: "If you make that decision now, you will have to live with the consequences later." It is a lesson about the need to consider the implications of a decision. It is a lesson we seem to have neglected in our national life.

Success in Impact Investing Through Policy Symbiosis

Ben Thornley | Posted 02.27.2014 | Impact
Ben Thornley

Co-authored with Cathy Clark and Jed Emerson. Some may be surprised to hear it, but impact investing would barely exist -- certainly not at its curr...

Will California Continue to Lead the Way in Funding for Vulnerable Kids?

Martine Singer | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
Martine Singer

Despite a steady stream of very pessimistic reports about California's most vulnerable children, there's some good news: reducing child poverty is a much higher priority for voters than reducing taxes.

The IDF Takes New Steps to Stop Diabetes

Riva Greenberg | Posted 03.25.2014 | Impact
Riva Greenberg

Last month I attended the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) World Congress in Melbourne. This was the largest diabetes conference ever held in Australia -- with over 10,000 clinicians, researchers, industry representatives and patients from 140 countries. I felt a change in the air.

How Do We Evaluate Republicans' Discovery of Poverty?

Thomas White | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Thomas White

Should they be praised for bringing up the issue at all, regardless of their proposals' shortcomings? Does paying lip service to an issue mean anything if a party's track record is backwards or they've long been silent about the issue?

Cybersecurity Industry Interview With Marsh's Matt McCabe: Part Two

Brian E. Finch | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Brian E. Finch

Specifically, in this interview, we examine cybersecurity public policy and law, discussing the federal government's voluntary framework, and the private versus public sectors.

Heart Attacks, Depression and Suicide: The Toxic Fallout From the Foreclosure Epidemic and a Prevention Strategy That Just Might Work

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 03.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Ritterman, MD

I worked for 30 years as a cardiologist in Richmond, and I have always seen the city's problems through the health lens. What can a focus on health teach us about Richmond's foreclosure crisis? What is the impact on the health of families and neighborhoods?

Impact Investing: It's Time

Ben Thornley | Posted 03.11.2014 | Impact
Ben Thornley

We must ensure that, here at home, the urgency of the moment bolsters a unified vision and continuous legacy of policy innovation, creating pathways of opportunity for low-income people and places and making the American dream an achievable reality.

Roots and Wings

Michael Benson | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Michael Benson

Roots and wings -- these three words capture the inherent power of education to positively impact the lives of each of us.

No Conflict: Transparency and Morals

Wray Herbert | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

considerable evidence suggests that mandatory disclosure can backfire, harming rather than helping the consumer. Consumers don't act on such information, and advisors -- feeling morally licensed by their righteous act -- actually become more biased in dispensing advice.

Have Some Fun, Smash a Slot Machine

David Blankenhorn | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
David Blankenhorn

Leaders like La Guardia smashed slot machines because slot machines take money from the vulnerable and poor and deliver a large portion of the take to politicians.

America Is in a State of Denial When It Comes to Football

Ken Reed | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Ken Reed

As a nation, we love football and we don't want to deal with the giant elephant in the room: football is a game that's inherently dangerous to the human brain, and there's really not much we can do about it.

Governments Need a Design Policy

Jens Martin Skibsted | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jens Martin Skibsted

The nature of design is to synthesize disparate perspectives and create a richer end product through collaboration and iteration.

Does Diversity Undermine Community Trust?

Wray Herbert | Posted 12.04.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

There are lots of theories about diversity and trust, but little agreement. Some believe that ethnically diverse communities foster trust, while others argue the opposite, that diversity breeds conflict.

Review: How McGruff and the Crying Indian Changed America

Fern Siegel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Fern Siegel

If you watch Mad Men for the campaigns, as much as the back-room machinations, Wendy Melillo's new book, How McGruff and the Crying Indian Changed America - A History of Iconic Ad Council Campaigns, is an intriguing read.

Soup Kitchen Psychology: Nourishment For Impoverished Thinking

Wray Herbert | Posted 11.11.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

Poverty is emotionally crushing, and stigma only adds to that burden. The poor are often disparaged as lazy and incompetent -- unable or unwilling to improve their own lot. Why don't they make better decisions for themselves?

Put Social Justice Back in the Social Contract

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 11.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Tiziana Dearing

Social justice says that we have inherent dignity as human beings. As we organize ourselves into communities and societies, we should do so in a way that preserves and allows expression of that dignity by everyone. That means doing our best to share resources and opportunities.

The 4 (or 5) Worst Market Failures in Human History

Stan Sorscher | Posted 11.04.2013 | Business
Stan Sorscher

A familiar mantra of capitalism guides me: Markets are powerful and efficient. But I'm also a realist, so I temper that mantra: Markets are powerful and efficient. And markets fail. However, American economists turn their heads away at the mention of it, because it sounds like heresy.

An Overview of Civil Asset Forfeiture and Recent Cases

Brad Reid | Posted 10.14.2013 | Business
Brad Reid

Beyond the technical procedural details, the due process and public policy questions surrounding civil asset forfeiture are important. The appropriate balance between secure property ownership and fighting crime is essential to both individuals and the business community.

The Role of Religious Ethics in Public Policy

Frank G. Kirkpatrick | Posted 10.09.2013 | Religion
Frank G. Kirkpatrick

We have to get beyond the 'religion or secularism' dichotomy regarding moral values and to do so some basic points need to be made.