Hail the Micro Entrepreneurs!

Hail the Micro Entrepreneurs!

Unfortunately we are invisible to many economic development experts, who keep searching for the next mega-employer, like Ahab chasing his white whale.

A Long (and Still Not Finished) Road to Democracy

A Long (and Still Not Finished) Road to Democracy

The founding fathers minced no words about their distrust of the masses. John Adams warned, “Women will demand the vote. Every man who has not a farthing will demand an equal voice.”

What I Don't Know: Being Questioned in El Salvador

What I Don’t Know: Being Questioned in El Salvador

The man who asked the question lifted his eyes from the papers in front of him.  It occurred to me that he was trying to look pleasant, maybe even friendly, but I couldn’t ignore the set jaw and a distended vein that resembled a lightening bolt. My skirt felt damp on my thighs, and I wondered if it would stick to me when I stood up – if I ever got out of that chair.

What Downton Abbey Teaches Us about Health Care

What Downton Abbey Teaches Us about Health Care

Underneath the arguments between Violet and Isobel over the village hospital lies a persistent issue:  what should be the relationship of the community to health care in the emerging age of expensive, high tech, specialized medical systems?

Can We Trust Our Drinking Water?

Can We Trust Our Drinking Water?

Flint’s tragedy can be looked at two ways. It may be an exception, a story of a callous governor making cost-saving decisions at the expense of Flint’s mostly black and brown children. Or it could signal the beginning of a systemic breakdown within the more than 50,000 water utilities in the United States.

The City As a Commons: From Flint to Italy

The City As a Commons: From Flint to Italy

“The city as a commons is designed to be disruptive–to question who owns and controls the city,” explained Sheila Foster, Fordham University Law Professor at a post-conference conversation convened in a bustling Bologna park.

How Climate Change Affects Iran

How Climate Change Affects Iran

Climate change is a force multiplier. By creating harsher and harsher living conditions, a changing climate creates more uncertainty, more inequality, and more stress. Look at global conflict areas from Western Africa to Syria, and there is always a link to resource scarcity.