This Bilingual Storytelling Project Celebrates America’s Diversity

Storytelling project Relato: Detroit organizes monthly events where local community members perform five-minute true stories in a mashup of languages ― from Spanglish (or Spanish and English) to Korish (or Korean and English). Organizers told participants there is no need to provide extra context to their stories to suit an English-speaking audience ― or as the group’s press release put it: There is “no code-switching, no translation required.” [...]

This Bilingual Storytelling Project Celebrates America’s Diversity 2017-10-04T16:48:20+00:00

Is the Next Generation Ready for the Sustainability Challenge?

On September 26, TriplePundit hosted the #Whypurpose Twitter chat on the potential and need for engaging Millennials in sustainability issues. Encouraged by the chat, Joanne Sonenshine and Marc de Sousa Shields continued the discussion. This excerpt of their conversation is a testament to how invigorating dialogue encourages thinking and, hopefully, leads to action. Marc: Joanne, if the world is to avoid looming environmental global calamity, we [...]

Is the Next Generation Ready for the Sustainability Challenge? 2017-10-05T09:51:42+00:00

Discourage smoking by minimizing access to cigarettes

Approximately 40 percent of U.S. adolescents aged 13-16 years live within walking distance of a tobacco retailer, and nearly half visit these stores at least weekly. Though living in neighborhoods with higher tobacco retailer density leads to greater tobacco use, little is known about how policy actually affects retailer density. In a paper published in the May 2017 edition of the American Journal of Public [...]

Discourage smoking by minimizing access to cigarettes 2017-10-05T15:46:24+00:00

6 points on race and culture from JD Vance and William Julius Wilson

America’s divisions – of race, class and culture – were the subject of an in-depth conversation here at Brookings between William Julius Wilson, Harvard professor, author of The Truly Disadvantaged and Brookings Non-Resident Senior Fellow; and J.D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis. It was a rich, timely and thought-provoking session, and you can watch the whole [...]

6 points on race and culture from JD Vance and William Julius Wilson 2017-09-26T11:57:33+00:00

Rural dreams: Upward mobility in America’s countryside

One of the defining features of the “American Dream” is the ability to succeed despite being born to disadvantaged circumstances. However, growing up to be better off than one’s parents – upward absolute intergenerational mobility – appears to be a fading experience for many Americans in recent decades and one that varies widely across the country. In “Rural dreams: Upward mobility in America’s countryside,” (PDF) [...]

Rural dreams: Upward mobility in America’s countryside 2017-09-26T12:14:04+00:00

Don’t ever conflate disaster recovery with education reform

Katrina (and now maybe Harvey and Irma) attracted educational opportunists who looked past children and families Storms will inevitably come; the tragedy is that avoidable manmade disasters will follow. After Hurricane Katrina, many talked about New Orleans schools as a “clean sheet of paper.” People bandied around phrases like “starting from scratch” and “wipe the slate clean” — anything that treated teachers, students and parents [...]

Don’t ever conflate disaster recovery with education reform 2017-09-26T15:48:09+00:00

Engaging Women in Conservation

This past March, the theme for Women’s History Month was “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business.” To close out the month-long celebration, we wanted to talk to women who literally blaze trails: the women of Conservation Corps. Based on the model of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the Great Depression, modern Conservation Corps are locally-based organizations that engage diverse young adults in service and job [...]

Engaging Women in Conservation 2017-09-20T15:49:44+00:00

How JPMorgan Chase Is Cashing in on Private Prisons

For its stance on human rights to have real meaning, Chase must divest from the private prison system. JPMorgan Chase, like so many corporations, is trying to have its cake and eat it under the Trump administration. In the last few weeks, it has invested time, public relations' efforts and money in presenting itself as a defender of human rights. But the $2 million Chase pledged [...]

How JPMorgan Chase Is Cashing in on Private Prisons 2017-09-18T12:06:43+00:00

Confronting Racial Bias at Work

More than 50 years after the passage of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, racial discrimination in workplaces is commonplace, and threatens to worsen given the racist rhetoric espoused during the president-elect's campaign and the corresponding behavior it sanctions. The anti-government regulation approach to the economy typical of the current congressional leadership and their disdain for so-called "political correctness" are also likely [...]

Confronting Racial Bias at Work 2017-09-15T10:46:56+00:00

How a female-led social network crowdsources half of the power of the planet

article content If you ask Jensine Larsen, there’s no power quite like sunlight. She’s the founder of World Pulse, a women’s social network which shines light upon the lives of 60,000 women and 3.1 million people around the globe through the power of storytelling. World Pulse is a platform where women gather to share their stories and hear those of others. It gives a voice [...]

How a female-led social network crowdsources half of the power of the planet 2017-09-15T10:53:29+00:00