A clean climate must be a consumer commodity

Daniel Kammen

The United Nations Climate Summit  last week in New York was yet another venue for important scientific releases highlighting the now well-established scientific consensus about both the economic and social severity of inaction on global warming. Equally thoughtful and numerous will be the proposals to move nations to a common … More >

A reader weighs in on:

City of Berkeley vs. big soda

Laura said:

Why would it? I support campaign finance reforms, publicly funded elections and the repeal of Citizens United. Anyone following the soda wars in national news should not be the least surprised that the ABA is committed $$$ to fighting these controversial Fat Taxes. I think the public health activists have done ... More >

The Brazilian election and Central Bank independence

Carola Binder

Brazilians will head to the polls on Oct. 5 to vote in a tight presidential race. President Dilma Rousseff’s leading challenger is Socialist Party candidate Marina Silva. A key component of Silva’s economic platform is her support for a more independent central bank. Central bank independence, long a topic of interest to … More >

Brazil’s unique energy matrix

Santiago Miret

In the near future Brazil will remain South America’s economic engine, as can be seen by the country’s current economic surges. Many of Brazil’s recent economic successes have been closely related to energy developments, as well as the country’s unique energy infrastructure. Brazil has created a unique energy matrix to … More >

The Woodstock of K-12 education

Steve Blank

Describing something as the “Woodstock of…” has taken to mean a one-of-a-kind historic gathering. It happened recently when a group of educators came to the ranch to learn how to teach Lean entrepreneurship to K-12 students.

We Can Do Better than Teaching Students How to Run a Lemonade Stand
Over the last few years … More >

Did We Just Find a Cool Trillion Dollars for Green Energy Projects? by Daniel Kammen and Felix Kramer

Daniel Kammen

This post was authored by Daniel Kammen and Felix Kramer.

Here’s a big idea that expresses the frustration, discontent, and anger we feel about how hard it ‘s been bring about the changes we need to address climate change.   This proposal shows how easy it can be. We have plenty of … More >

The Free Speech Movement’s passionate readers

Thomas C. Leonard

“Passionate readers” is not the tag line today for the people swept up in the Free Speech Movement, but it fits just as well as other efforts to sum them up. Thanks to the archives that the Library has built, serious students of the FSM know this.

Margot Adler, a familiar voice … More >

1964 to the present — a personal perspective

Robert Birgeneau

During the historic Free Speech Movement period at Berkeley, beginning in the autumn of 1964, I was a graduate student in physics at Yale University. There was no doubt that Berkeley students were playing a leadership role for us all across the country.

At Yale, the focus was primarily on civil … More >

Remembering Bob (“Mario”) Savio

Nancy Scheper-Hughes

In the fall of 1963, Bob (“Mario”) Savio enrolled at the University of California at Berkeley. There, he quickly rose to national prominence as leader of the Free Speech Movement, which became a major catalyst for the anti-Vietnam War movement and years later for the South African anti-apartheid divestment movement.

How … More >

Common Sense About the Common Core

Alan Schoenfeld

Is the Common Core the best thing since sliced bread, or the work of the devil? Is it brand new, or a rehash of old ideas? Is it anything more than a brand name, or is there substance? Can it work, given the implementation challenges in our political and school … More >