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By refusing to stand for the national anthem, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has launched a widespread discussion about police brutality that probably surprises even him. Of course, as with most controversial protest tactics, the message often gets lost in the outrage over the protest. Nonetheless, the response to Kaepernick and his message can … Continue reading »

Center on Civility & Democratic Engagement joins call for civility, presidential debate standards

Today the Center on Civility & Democratic Engagement at the Goldman School of Public Policy joined the National Institute for Civil Discourse in calling on the presidential debate moderators to adopt a set of standards to ensure that the 2016 presidential debates are fair, informative and civil. We are among more than 60 organizations signing on … Continue reading »

Defeating the Islamic State in the fifth dimension

This is a confusing summer for watchers of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant/Syria (ISIL, ISIS, or Da’esh): Its territorial state is shrinking, while ISIL is inspiring unprecedented lethality and frequency of terrorism in other states. These trends have been offered as false promises for the decline of ISIL, but to be realistic, we should … Continue reading »

Embrace equity to win on climate goals

By Carol Zabin and Manuel Pastor California has taken a historic stride by setting the next generation of targets for greenhouse gas emissions cuts — and in the process, a new political coalition has emerged that will be sorely needed in the daunting task of figuring out how to actually meet those goals. The two … Continue reading »

Working hard is not the same as working smart

Measuring how hard your team is working by counting the number of hours they work or what time they get in and leave is how amateurs run companies. The number of hours worked is not the same as how effective they (and you) are. I had been invited by Rahul, one of my students from … Continue reading »