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  • The Global Search for Education: The City of Jerome Bruner “These schools and this community became staked more than fifty years ago on the idea that education is the highest investment for the present and for the future, in light also of the huge historical changes that human kind is going through.” —  Carla Rinaldi In September 1994, Jerome Bruner, the famed psychologist, professor and education visionary, visited ...
  • A Few of My Favorite Tech Products I have the opportunity to review a lot of different technology products and I tend to put them into one of three categories. First, there are those products that really impress me and make me thankful for living in the Digital Age. The second category is made up of some useful and fun tech products ...
  • 5 Groups Of Americans Who’ll Get Shafted Under Trump’s Hiring Freeze It’s been several days, which makes it seems like old news in Donald Trump’s frenetic and disordered world. But this will affect a lot of us, so it’s important. Trump, in what’s been hyped as an “unprecedented” move, has instituted a freeze on the hiring of federal employees. Hyperbole aside (it’s hardly unprecedented, since Ronald ...
  • First Nighter: “Yours Unfaithfully” Yet Another Sparkling Mint Theater Company Discovery Jonathan Bank continues to confirm his position as Foremost Champion of Forgotten Playwrights. For that, he deserves undying thanks from theatergoers everywhere. His newest (re)discovery is Miles Malleson’s Yours Unfaithfully, currently working its melancholy charm at the Beckett. And, into the bargain, it’s a world premiere. “Miles Malleson–the name sounds familiar,” you may be saying ...
  • Donald Trump And The Dictator’s Handbook I went to the Women’s March in Downtown Los Angeles with my entire family last Saturday. And I must say, it did for me what Lexapro, Xanax, Double-Stuffed Oreos, Single-Stuffed Oreos, talk therapy, punk rock and binge-watching Norwegian crime thrillers couldn’t do: It made me feel good. Or at the very least, not “walk into ...
  • Penny George Institute & Allina: Big Changes in Nation’s Leading Integrative Health Model When Bill and Penny George began investing millions in integrative medicine and health at Minnesota’s Allina Health, they had an overarching mission in which they have been successful. They created, then paid to have researched and documented, an inpatient-outpatient program that proved a model for the nation. While not ending its support for the Penny ...
  • The Future of Sleep By Brandon R. Peters, MD When considering the means to optimize well-being and function, there must be a prominent place reserved for sleep. Along with diet and exercise, it is a pillar of health, deserving both a daily commitment and unwavering respect. Though often slighted, sleep medicine has been a growth industry for decades, and its ...
  • Ukraine: Reflections on the Maidan Revolution, a Voyage to Odessa, Donald Trump, Trans-Atlantic Disarray and Ironies of “Western Modernity” Aghast at the rise of Donald Trump and the slow disintegration of the European Union, many Ukrainians may certainly wonder about the legacy of Maidan. Foremost in the minds of many revolutionaries who sought to topple the unpopular government of Viktor Yanukovych was the overarching need to bring Ukraine into line with supposedly western standards ...
  • Aisle View: Mendacity in the Capital Kelly Hutchinson and Carson Elrod in The Liar Photo: Richard Termine The newly-installed regime at Classic Stage Company has seen fit to continue the CSC relationship with playwright David Ives, and that mirthful decision is all to the good. Most successful of the six plays has been has been the 2010 Venus in Fur, ...
  • West Africa Is No Place For Shopworn Dictators The tiny country of Gambia had a president who lost an election but refused to give up power. He was told to leave willingly or West African troops would oust him militarily. As Senegalese troops crossed the border, the former president Yahya Jammeh ended his 22 years in office by flying to exile in Equatorial Guinea, ...
  • Scott Pruitt: Not the “Environmental Protection” Our Environment Or Economy Needs By Albert Jacquez Like all Americans, Latinos care deeply about the health and wellbeing of our families. We also care about good jobs and a strong national economy. These are built on the irreplaceable foundations of clean air, clean water, and a healthy natural environment – which is why Scott Pruitt’s nomination to serve as Administrator ...
  • Anger Can Be Useful January 26, 2017 We shouldn’t try to get rid of anger, which seems to be the mistaken goal of some new age-y groups and some Buddhist-influenced practitioners. Anger is not always destructive; it wouldn’t have been preserved over the course of the evolution of our species if it was inherently harmful to us. Those who argue ...
  • What Has Donald Trump Done To The EPA? The Environmental Protection Agency has been frozen by President Donald Trump with an executive order. This isn’t good. The EPA protects Americans from risks to their health and the environment. By cutting funding Trump has effectively cut off the agency designed to decrease the risks and fallout of climate change. Environmental programs and nonprofits will ...
  • Should You Apply For A No Interest Balance Transfer Credit Card Or A Store Card In 2017? If you are shopping at just about any retailer, especially when making a bigger ticket purchase, it is likely you may hear a similar question at the check-out counter. “Would you like to save 20 percent on your purchases today?” Depending on the store, the offer will differ: it could be 10 or 15{8883afff3f996f915e4087502a0d4bc0cab7d523e6eee37ef51ae9a6c529a071}, or ...
  • Addressing Poverty among the Disability Community: One Policy at a Time Working-age Americans with disabilities face significant barriers to economic success – low expectations, discrimination and a complex public support system that often limits employment opportunities and upward financial mobility. In addition, working age adults with disabilities are twice as likely to live in poverty than those without disabilities, while the poverty rate among people with ...
  • Super Bowl 51: A New Hope Chris Cardew, Head of Strategy, Mindshare U Predictions, it turns out, are a dangerous thing when it comes to guessing what might happen when America thrusts itself into the star spangled spotlight of the worlds eyes and ears. Not that I’m comparing the relative insignificance of the ad breaks of an annual American football game with that ...
  • The Community Managers Will Inherit the Earth By Jed Hallam, Head of Social Strategy, Mindshare UK I write this prediction from (I think) a useful vantage point. I started my career by helping to launch one of the UKs first social media agencies. I’ve been in a PR, a creative, and a media agency, and over the last ten years my role has ...
  • After The Women’s March — Focus Our Massive Energy On This One Issue And Keep The Momentum Going “Now that the math is done, time to focus on the aftermath.” — Swami Beyondananda Last weekend, women — and men, and children — showed up in record numbers in Washington, D.C. and hundreds of other cities to say YES to the reality “we’re all in this together” and NO to Donald Trump’s “alternative reality” that he ...
  • Trump’s Likely SCOTUS Pick A friend in DC emailed last night, predicting that Trump will nominate a particular judge from the list he circulated awhile back. That seems unlikely, and the list a mere distraction. To assume Trump will appoint a judge to the Supreme Court is to buy into tired old Beltway tropes. It’s exactly the sort of conventional thinking ...
  • Social Commerce, Fake News and Consumer Creep Outs By Paul M. Rand, President and CEO, Zocalo Group Is Your 2017 Marketing Ready? Still finalizing your 2017 marketing plans?  Every morning our “Agile Content” team sources thousands of data points to get a real time pulse on what’s hot and what’s coming. Below are five key trends we’re closely watching and building into all of ...