Depression’s Advocates

Brad DeLong

Over at Project Syndicate: Depression’s Advocates: Back in the darker days of late 2008 and 2009, I had one line in my talks that sometimes got applause, usually got a laugh, and always made people more optimistic. Because the North Atlantic had lived through the 1930s, I would say, this … More >

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Environmental leadership: Lessons learned from Beahrs program

Simon Thuo said:

Fifteen years already! But Robin never changes -- as deeply and personally concerned with our lives and the issues we face on sustainable development. Ever connecting people, institutions and resources.... I gained a lot from ELP 2001. It was instrumental in catalysing my understanding of integration across social, economic and environmental spheres, ... More >

Three challenges: Taking entrepreneurship & innovation education beyond the classroom

Jerome Engel

We have made great progress in creating an entrepreneurship and innovation economy – and the university has been a major contributor — but now it is time to do more. In a keynote last week to the 12th Annual European Entrepreneurship Colloquium I focused on three challenges/opportunities for immediate action;

reinvigorating … More >

The immigrant-crime connection

Claude Fischer

Killing at the hands of an illegal alien spurs furious debate about closing borders and deporting the undocumented. It is the year before a presidential election and candidates denounce undocumented immigrants as the conveyors of Mexican violence into our country.

When Robert J. Sampson, Harvard sociologist and criminologist, wrote about this … More >

Mountaintop mining rule evokes protest firestorm. #getagrip

Dan Farber

Political polarization has gotten to the point where there would be immediate denunciations if the President issued a proclamation honoring apple pie. Another intrusion into consumer choice, besmirching those who prefer cherry and pumpkin! Another blatant overreach by an out-of-control, incipient tyrant!

Not only is every executive action accompanied by loud resistance, but … More >

How we changed the way the U.S. government commercializes science: Errol Arkilic — Part 1 of Episode 6 on Sirius XM Channel 111

Steve Blank

My guests on Bay Area Ventures on Wharton Business Radio on Sirius XM Channel 111 were:

Errol Arkilic, former program director for the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (NSF I-Corps), now founder of M34 Capital
Steve Weinstein, CEO of MovieLabs
Venk Shukla, president TiE Silicon Valley and general partner, Monta Vista Capital

In my … More >

Environmental leadership: Lessons learned from Beahrs program

Robin Marsh

When we created the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program 15 years ago, it was with the conviction that UC Berkeley would be a perfect place for a residential training of global environmentalists. The combination of Berkeley faculty pioneering a range of environmental fields, and the surrounding Bay Area innovation culture would … More >

The humiliation of Greece and Tsipras’s fatal mistake

Gérard Roland

A large part of Europe is still shell-shocked by the “compromise” that was decided in the Sunday, July 12 Eurozone marathon. Without repeating the list of reforms imposed on Greece, they are much harsher than what had been negotiated weeks and months before, even harsher than anything imposed on Greece since … More >

On the origins of the Beahrs ELP

David Zilberman

The Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program [ELP] is celebrating its 15th anniversary. Every summer, we bring about 40 up-and-coming leaders from mostly developing countries to a 3 week intensive training and exchange program. We cover topics such as environmental policy, conflict resolution, management of climate change, impact assessment, and the participants also … More >

Black by choice?

Claude Fischer

A couple of weeks back, we witnessed two quite different but intriguing cases of people laying claim to an African-American identity without having the lineage that we generally assume provides that identity – biological descent from African slaves in the United States. These two people were, in effect, asserting that … More >