Monthly Archives: May 2011

entrepreneurship as the pursuit of opportunity beyond the resources you currently control

Apparently, it was Harvard Business School professor Howard H. Stevenson who first called entrepreneurship “the pursuit of opportunity beyond the resources you currently control” (PDF). If you decide how to allocate a budget, personnel, or other resources that you have … Continue reading

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insights on young Republicans

A couple of recent research reports have crossed my desk regarding young conservatives.  First, RK Research has a poll of 1,000 college students. As a preface, they note that young people are not always a Democratic constituency: majorities of young … Continue reading

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the World Bank and active citizenship

The World Bank has published a book entitled Accountability Through Public Opinion: From Inertia to Public Action. Its premise: governments perform better when citizens hold them accountable by seeking information, deliberating, and acting politically. Anyone who holds strongly negative stereotypes … Continue reading

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Justice Souter at CIRCLE

Posted on the CIRCLE website today: On May 16, U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter (retired) and Susan Leahy, the president of the New Hampshire Supreme Court Society, visited CIRCLE’s offices at Tufts University to discuss civic education in New … Continue reading

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reform the university to meet the public’s knowledge needs in an age of information overload

In this ten-minute video (from the Tisch College Tenth Anniversary celebration), I argue: 1) there is just too much information available for citizens to digest; 2) in order for the public to engage with information, we need appropriate institutions; 3) … Continue reading

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why civility doesn’t pay

E.J. Dionne describes a recent letter from Catholic professors to Speaker John Boehnher as “civil.” I think that’s right–in a specific and important sense. Note that the letter is deeply critical. For example: Mr. Speaker, your voting record is at … Continue reading

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how to evaluate advocacy

Foundations and rich individuals invest hundreds of millions of dollars in efforts to change policy, such as the 20-year struggle for health care reform and the campaign to address global warming. One of those efforts achieved major legislation; the other … Continue reading

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alienating Zionism

It is wise to let the odious speak; they make the most eloquent cases against themselves. In the Op-Ed page of today’s New York Times, the Israeli politician Danny Danon says that U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state would be … Continue reading

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increasing the odds of success for young people’s civic work

My favorite civic education courses and programs are ones that ask kids to discuss local issues, deliberate about what to do, act together, and then reflect. This seems the best pedagogy, but it presents a consistent challenge. Middle-class, suburban kids … Continue reading

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could the college bubble burst?

A search for “college” and “bubble” will yield many articles about rising tuition rates (up by 440 percent since 1985), frantic efforts to attend the most selective colleges, mountains of student debt, and the possibility that this whole system will … Continue reading

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