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We Deserve a Safe, Just, and Prosperous Mexico

Ricardo B. Salinas | Posted 12.12.2014 | World
Ricardo B. Salinas

Mexico is unstoppable, I have no doubt, but needs to change. I hope that 2015 represents a new era for our country, but this depends on each of us. The fight against crime is in the interest of everyone.

Revisiting the Land of Opportunity

Wray Herbert | Posted 12.06.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Fewer and fewer Americans, including many middle-class Americans, believe that they can even preserve their existing standard of living -- or that their children will do any better. But how accurate are these perceptions?

WATCH LIVE: The Future Of Work In The Sharing Economy

Posted 12.02.2014 | Impact

Watch Live Dec. 2 from 12:00pm - 1:30pm EST. Many have touted the sharing economy’s benefits for consumers, including convenient and affordable s...

Learning From the Silk Roads: Spices and the Demos

L.H.M. Ling | Posted 11.24.2014 | World
L.H.M. Ling

In my last post, I suggested a connection between spices and democracy. This notion sent Professor Rao, my old friend and foil, into paroxysms of laughter.

A GOP for America's future

Dustin Siggins | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Dustin Siggins

Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have promised that Congress would move on tax reform, the national debt, and repealing the Affordable Care Act. We hope that they follow through -- but given the GOP's tendency to overpromise and under-deliver, we have our doubts.

Some Utilities Are Making it Cheaper to Drive Electric Cars

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 11.11.2014 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

Some utility companies are starting to encourage consumers to make the switch to plug-in electric vehicles (EVs).

Exercising Public Policy: Promoting Physical Activity in the Fight Against Depression

Joe S. Moore | Posted 12.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Joe S. Moore

A staggering one in 10 Americans suffer from depression. Exercise is one of the most pragmatic, cost-effective, and potentially accessible tools we have for helping to combat it.

The Critical Need for a Citizens' Rights Movement

Frank Islam | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics
Frank Islam

Can citizens' movements make a difference? Absolutely, if they are targeted correctly, mobilized properly and sustained effectively.

Teaching the Next Generation of Leaders

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 11.19.2014 | College
Ola Ojewumi

As children we are taught to be leaders and not followers. In real life, there is no blueprint for successful leadership. We all have an image in our ...

Speaking Truth to Educational Policy: A Review of Mettler's Degrees of Inequality

Sonya Christian | Posted 11.15.2014 | College
Sonya Christian

I read Degrees of Inequality with increasing agitation and urgency as she detailed real tragedy -- the betrayal of this American dream for many students seeking a better life.

Wealth, Welfare and the Brother-in-Law Rule

Wray Herbert | Posted 11.10.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

One of the enigmas of our political landscape is the impoverished Republican. This is the American with very little money, and many unmet needs, who nevertheless votes for people and policies that will deny him or her assistance. Indeed, many of the reddest states in the nation are among the largest beneficiaries of government aid.

Why Changing The World Is A Two-Step Process

Fast Company | Marcia Conner | Posted 09.08.2014 | World

Despite a strong standard of living, a rising creative class, and an economy gaining strength, many of us feel worn-down, tired, frustrated, and wildl...

The Underreported Story of the Past 20 Years

Mark Yzaguirre | Posted 11.04.2014 | Crime
Mark Yzaguirre

I'm not suggesting that crime isn't a problem in the United States. It is a problem, particularly with regard to violent crimes involving firearms, but it is a problem that has diminished over recent decades.

For Policy Discouraging Smoking, FDA Defies Common Sense in Weighing 'Lost Pleasure' Against Health Benefits

Dana Radcliffe | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
Dana Radcliffe

The ability of the Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco products is under threat --from the FDA itself.

Renewing the Spirit Behind Gingrich's 'Contract With America'

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics
Joseph Amodeo

As the 2016 presidential election approaches, I feel uninspired by the Republican candidates who appear most likely to be pursuing the nation's highest office. With Democrats having at least one candidate who will likely be able to unite their base, I fear that Republicans may once again be without a visionary leader.

Aborted Thinking

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.08.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We all like autonomy, and all concede it has to end somewhere. As I once heard an ethicist quip, my autonomy to swing a stick certainly ends where your nose begins.

Have and Have Not: The Widening Gap

Wray Herbert | Posted 10.01.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Little is known about people's thoughts about wages and fairness. In general, people favor some threshold of fairness, but what is this threshold -- and how widely is it shared? Two psychological scientists have recently begun exploring these important questions.

Massachusetts Chooses a Governor: Implications for Us All

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 09.27.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

As a pediatrician in some of Boston's lowest-income neighborhoods, I saw firsthand how a child's health is determined by far more than medicine -- it is the air they breathe, the streets they play in, the safety of their communities, their opportunities for a good education, the economic stability of their family. Simply put, doctors can't fulfill their mission in communities affected by inequality and unfairness. Health requires justice for all. That's what makes me want to run for governor.

D'Souza's Shameful Treatment of Conservatives Highlights Need for a Renaissance of Intellectual Conservatism

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics
Joseph Amodeo

Conservative doctrine can no longer afford to fall victim to poorly constructed books and films or, for that matter, "talking heads" who risk negating the very real contribution that this political philosophy has and can continue to make to our society.

Getting Rid of NYC's Garbage

Steven Cohen | Posted 09.20.2014 | Green
Steven Cohen

The issue of New York's garbage is considered by many to be intractable due to the size, scale and the fast-paced lifestyle that this city is famous for. The city that never sleeps seems to be either too busy or too tired to sort its garbage.

Is It Time for a National Sports Commission?

Ken Reed | Posted 09.17.2014 | Sports
Ken Reed

Unlike most countries around the globe, sport policy development and implementation in the United States is almost solely the responsibility of the country's sports power brokers. And these power brokers have a personal vested interest -- too often ego-based and/or greed-based in nature.

Meet Sam Blakeslee: The Policy Entrepreneur

Anthony Byrne | Posted 09.09.2014 | Impact
Anthony Byrne

With no shortage of university public policy programs or nonprofit think tanks churning out commentary, reports and analysis, why does this organization hold any more promise than others out there?

Dear Mr. President, Wake Up!

Edward Summers | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Edward Summers

Wake up, Mr. President! I can no longer stand on the sidelines. I am very concerned about the advice you are receiving!

Competent Leaders Need to Understand the Science of Sustainability

Steven Cohen | Posted 09.06.2014 | Green
Steven Cohen

Leaders need to make an effort to learn from scientists and scientists have a responsibility to communicate with leaders. In the modern, complex, technology-laden world we live in, there is no excuse for scientific illiteracy.

Two Public Policies That Transformed Our Nation

Michael Benson | Posted 08.21.2014 | Education
Michael Benson

On Sunday, June 22, we will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the G.I. Bill becoming the law of the land. Innumerable individuals have benefitted from this far-sighted policy, signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.