Macroeconomic stimulus for Ukraine

Yuriy Gorodnichenko

After years of mismanagement and looting, Ukraine faces a number of economic challenges. The situation is so critical that weak economic performance in the next few years could undermine the very independence of the country. Just yesterday, President Poroshenko signed a degree setting up the National Council for Reforms to … More >

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MH17

Alex Kaminsky said:

The complacency of the international community is reminiscent of the events that led to World War II. Putin must be dealt with, if not militarily, then by swift and decisive sanctions - cutting off all gas imports from Russia, its bread and butter.

Getting Lean in Education — By Getting Out of the Classroom

Steve Blank

This week the National Science Foundation goes Lean on education by providing $1.2 million to educators who want to bring their classroom innovations to a wider audience.

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The I-Corps programstarted when the U.S. National Science Foundation adopted my Lean LaunchPad class. Their goal was to train University scientists and researchers to use Lean Startup methods … More >

What ‘Ivory Tower’ gets wrong

Nicholas Dirks

The documentary film Ivory Tower takes on national debates about higher education and renders them as compelling dramas, stories, and scenes. Andrew Rossi, the film’s talented director, previously used similar techniques to raise probing questions about the future of print journalism in an age of digitalization in his film Page One. Now … More >

MH17

Yuriy Gorodnichenko

I flew to Ukraine on July 16, 2014. It was a typical flight and travelers thought they could abstract from the war in the East of Ukraine. The next day changed everything. Pro-Russian separatists shot down MH17, a passenger airplane with 298 people aboard, 80 of which were children.

This is an … More >

Life in prison with the remote possibility of death: the death penalty and California’s broken punishment paradigm

Jonathan Simon

This week’s 39-page opinion by U.S. District Court Judge Cormac Carney — finding California’s death penalty unconstitutional — is already setting off a wave of debate in the media. We will see yet whether it catches any political fire in this dry, but so-far politically placid, season in California.

There is much to recommend in the … More >

Central American Children on the US Border Deserve More

Rosemary Joyce

The first plane has landed in Honduras, carrying women and children deported from the US earlier this week. Press coverage notes that “U.S. officials said there would be many more.”

The L.A. Times report goes on to note that “More than 57,000 unaccompanied minors have sought permission to remain” in the … More >

God helps those who help themselves

David Zilberman

I grew up in a religious family but I am not particularly religious. I believe that there is (are) some Supreme Being(s) above us, but I consider the religious narrative and beliefs of organized religion to be fiction; albeit fiction with many useful lessons, but nevertheless, fiction.

One of my favorite … More >

Putting the children’s migration in context

Beatriz Manz

The dramatic surge in the number of Central American children and teenagers entering the US has created considerable concern among many in the United States. Already this year, 52,000 children have been apprehended. The latest estimates indicate that almost 90,000 unaccompanied minors — overwhelmingly from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras — will be picked-up by the US Border Patrol through this fiscal year ending in September 2014, almost … More >

Telling stories vs. telling data

Claude Fischer

In a just-released preview of his new book, Narrative and Collective Action, public-policy scholar Frederick W. Mayer of Duke University discusses the power of the well-told story for leaders of social movements and politicians. Starting with the example of Martin Luther King, Jr., Mayer recounts how effective leaders deploy stories rather than analyses. … More >