A Roadmap to Job Creation 2.0

John Fullerton, a friend and the founder of The Capital Institute, celebrated Labor Day with some thoughtful ways to create more jobs – now. Here’s the challenge we face as defined by Fullerton: “To create 7 to 10 million net new jobs in the United States over the next 5 years, while keeping the 130 million people currently employed in their jobs – a...

Building Apartments, Not Prisons, To Build a Better Future

The Dorothy Day Apartments on Riverside Drive in West Harlem are shockingly beautiful. The building is one of six in the neighborhood run by Broadway Housing Communities. Charles Blow, an excellent new addition to The New York Times Op-Ed pages, went to visit. His experience challenges the stereotypes that many of us have about poverty and its solutions. The...

Of the 99%, By the 99%, For the 99%

With every piece of legislation, every political decision, every empty campaign promise, we have moved further and further away from a democracy benefitting all Americans and closer to an oligarchy serving very few Americans – the 1%. It’s a dangerous development that is perhaps best articulated in Joseph Stiglitz’s recent Vanity Fair article “Of the 1%,...

Global climate change is already costing us a lot of money and it’s just the beginning

More than a decade ago, The Ecologist cited the insurance industry as the single most significant force addressing the challenges of global climate change. Large European insurance firms were pressuring the boards of global companies to develop strategies to mitigate their CO2 emissions. This summer, Mary Williams Walsh reported in The New York Times that:...

Can the Middle Class Be Saved?

In September, Don Peck, writing in The Atlantic, provided an exceptionally thoughtful and detailed analysis of the fate of the middle class. What has contributed to its emergence as the economic and political foundation of American life? What has transpired to put its well-being at such great peril? Why is the future of the middle class in question? The numbers...

Jerusalem: To Get the Best Answer, Start With the Right Question

Rarely does everyone in the audience have a question – a question that resonates with the essence of the challenges we face. “So what role should not-for-profits play?” “What you’re describing sounds like socialism, how are these ideas possible within the capitalist system?” “How do we reconcile the short term with the long term?” “How do we...