U.S. strategy on ISIL: What’s the endgame?

Mahmood Monshipouri

In a speech to the world from the White House on Sept. 10, 2014, President Obama authorized renewed airstrikes in Iraq and Syria to defeat and dismantle the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL), as well as the deployment of 475 additional military advisers to Iraq, bringing the number … More >

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Clean Tech 0 vs. Carbon 1

Michael Barnes, Science editor and writer, College of Chemistry said:

Santiago, This is good information, thanks. I think the the righthand graph in figure 3.1 is telling. The rise of zero-carbon renewables is offsetting the decline in zero-carbon nuclear. Wood and hydro are basically flat. Of the three main carbon sources--coal, oil and gas--coal (mostly carbon) is the worst, natural gas (mostly ... More >

Dialectics of dialect

Robin Lakoff

There are many interesting tales to tell about the current NFL scandals; many have been told, eloquently and well. But some seemingly minor points have been overlooked, and should not be, especially as their understanding extends well beyond the range of the NFL.

When Adrian Peterson, the Minnesota Vikings running back, … More >

How Social-Emotional Learning Transforms Classrooms

Vicki Zakrzewski

Research clearly demonstrates that integrating social-emotional learning (SEL) into the classroom is good for both students and the adults who work with them.

But there’s a story that the research hasn’t captured—the one of powerful transformation that can result from the practice of SEL.

I recently spoke to a number of … More >

The Gathering Storm – Michael Mann & Daniel M. Kammen

Daniel Kammen

This post is coauthored by scientists Michael Mann and Daniel M. Kammen.

Winston Churchill saw the gathering storm long before the rest of the world. Europe sacrificed millions of people before it openly acknowledged and then directly confronted the crisis. Yet, even after the Allies responded, the outcome was uncertain. Only … More >

Beware of Geeks Bearing Grifts

Gene Rochlin

It seems as if the news media have become a wholly owned subsidiary of the internet technology complex (ITC) these days. No matter which seemingly outrageous new product or system is being put forth, it will become ‘news’ in print and online, unpaid advertising that assumes that all … More >

Carceral geographies: Mapping the escape routes from mass incarceration

Jonathan Simon

Today and tomorrow (Sept. 18-19, 2014) at UC Berkeley we will be launching a new undergraduate “course thread”  titled “Carceral Geographies.” Our launch will begin with a keynote address by the great Ruth “Ruthie”Wilson Gimore, scholar/activist extraordinaire who has given us the definitive study of California’s descent into mass incarceration, … More >

Clean Tech 0 vs. Carbon 1

Santiago Miret

Even though clean energy technologies have experienced substantial rapid growth in recent years, their combined efforts were not enough to prevent the largest single-year increase of atmospheric CO2 release since 1984. In 2013 alone, the atmospheric CO2 concentration jumped by 2.9 parts per million (ppm) to a total of 396 ppm. … More >

How to Find the Right Co-Founders

Steve Blank

How do you figure out what’s the right mix of skills for the co-founders of your startup?

Surprisingly if you’ve filled out the business model canvas you already know who you need.


I was having breakfast with Radhika, an ex-grad student of mine who wanted to share her Customer Discovery progress for her consumer hardware startup. … More >

NFL and team leadership misses the goal

Jeffrey Edleson

This piece was coauthored by Sudha Shetty, assistant dean of international alliances and partnerships, UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy, and Jeffrey Edleson, dean and professor, social welfare.

The NFL leadership and team-management responses to domestic violence committed by Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens and Ray McDonald of the San Francisco … More >