Who is out of the labor force?

Our nation’s labor force participation rate, or the fraction of adults who are either employed or are searching for work, has fallen steadily since 1999. This is a trend that many economists find troubling, as the labor force participation rate is an indicator of household living standards and economic vitality. In 2016, over one-third (37.2 percent) of adults in the United States—including nearly one-fifth (18.7 [...]

Who is out of the labor force? 2017-08-25T13:56:08+00:00

A Hidden History How African American’s Built the Nation’s Greatest Natural Treasures

In 1933, at the peak of the Great Depression, the overall unemployment rate in the United States was well over 20 percent. African Americans were hit hardest, experiencing an unemployment rate two to three times that of white Americans. In these desperate times, President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC): a federal work relief program that, from 1933 until 1942, put 3 million unemployed young [...]

A Hidden History How African American’s Built the Nation’s Greatest Natural Treasures 2017-08-22T11:28:51+00:00

Vote to get these Philly panels focused on social impact at SXSW 2018

Philly and its tech community has had a growing presence at the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) tech, music and culture conference in Austin. Last year, even Mayor Jim Kenney showed his support by attending the conference and later touching on how “tech has to be part of the conversation,” and that goes for many of the issues surrounding the city. Well, our mayor is now [...]

Vote to get these Philly panels focused on social impact at SXSW 2018 2017-08-18T15:55:11+00:00

Starting With Why: Defining Your Social Impact Mission

As the founder of a business ingrained with a social impact mission, many people come to me with an idea for a social impact business. They want to build this app, or they want to start this event series— often times because they experience a problem and have determined a solution they think will make a difference. My first question to them is: Why? Why do [...]

Starting With Why: Defining Your Social Impact Mission 2017-08-22T11:56:54+00:00

Becoming A Benefit Corporation Is Complicated: This Startup Wants To Help

react-text: 283 When Anand Kulkarni was birthing his new startup, Crowdbotics, nine months ago, he knew it had to be a public benefit corporation (PBC). He wanted the business to make money. But he also wanted to make sure the company’s workers, customers, and community would be treated fairly. By setting up as a PBC–a legal designation that requires businesses to do right by their stakeholders as [...]

Becoming A Benefit Corporation Is Complicated: This Startup Wants To Help 2017-08-22T12:29:00+00:00

This Pizzeria Makes Blue Corn Pizza And Gives Homeless Youth A Second Chance

Before launching Pixza, which he describes as “a social empowerment platform disguised as a pizzeria,” two years ago, Alejandro Souza graduated college and founded a joint business and language training institute in Rwanda. He traveled to Uganda to develop a system by which peanut farmers could increase both yield and revenue; later on, he helped the Bhutanese Ministry of Education develop a way to measure the [...]

This Pizzeria Makes Blue Corn Pizza And Gives Homeless Youth A Second Chance 2017-08-22T12:40:00+00:00

This Company Makes Social Good Campaigns Go Viral For Bigger Impact

Earlier this year, the World Wildlife Fund faced a strange promotional paradox: On March 25th from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Eastern time, the group honored Earth Hour Day, a campaign asking people and companies around the world turn off their lights at the same time in support of actions against climate change. When photographed from above, the effect of entire cities going dim is remarkable, [...]

This Company Makes Social Good Campaigns Go Viral For Bigger Impact 2017-08-22T12:47:14+00:00

For better learning in college lectures, lay down the laptop and pick up a pen

Do computers help or hinder classroom learning in college? Step into any college lecture and you’ll find a sea of students with laptops and tablets open, typing as the professor speaks. With their enhanced ability to transcribe content and look up concepts on the fly, are students learning more from lecture than they were in the days of paper and pen? A growing body of [...]

For better learning in college lectures, lay down the laptop and pick up a pen 2017-08-22T13:07:29+00:00

Retaining minority teachers in schools where most of their colleagues are white

Minorities continue to be largely underrepresented among elementary and secondary teachers relative to the racial and ethnic composition of the nation’s student body, and tend to be concentrated in urban, high-minority schools. This means that many nonwhite or Hispanic students who attend schools with few minority teachers lack valuable role models. Many studies find that minority students experience greater test score gains across a variety [...]

Retaining minority teachers in schools where most of their colleagues are white 2017-08-17T08:55:31+00:00

More Evidence That Inequality Is Spiraling Out of Control

Inequality is much worse than we’re led to believe by a dismissive business media. The numbers are hellish, and they’re growing. 1. THE EXTREME WEALTH GAP IS STILL EXPANDING The U.S. has gained $30 trillion in wealth since 2008, about half of it in the stock market, much of the remainder in real estate holdings. Based on prior analyses, data from Credit Suisse and Forbes, and recent work by [...]

More Evidence That Inequality Is Spiraling Out of Control 2017-08-14T16:14:24+00:00