With federal, state and local governments cutting funding for social services, many important programs are being pinched – or shut down altogether. The Rockefeller Foundation believes social impact bonds may be the answer. Investors pay for services, service providers do their job, and government pays the investors back if and only if the outcome meets expectations. I spoke with Kippy Joseph, Associate Director, Innovation at the Rockefeller Foundation of why social impact bonds might be the right idea at the right time.
Vice President Joe Biden was a key advocate of the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act – VAWA -in Congress this year – and despite what you might expect would be an easy vote – there was huge debate before it passed. More than 130 House Republicans voted against it.
Eighteen years ago, genetically modified crops were introduced in the United States. First there were tomatoes, then soybeans, potatoes and corn. As the years have passed, more and more farmland has been devoted to these plants, which have a gene added to their DNA, giving them helpful traits such as pesticide resistance. But that help may come with a cost. During that same period, a growing number of children have developed allergies to food. Despite assurances of safety from biotech companies and government agencies, the parallel timing has raised suspicion.
During Women's History Month, let's take a moment to consider what might hold women back from positions of leadership. For some, the turning point happens early.
A psychologist was shocked at the loss of confidence her daughters experienced when they entered middle school. She co-founded the Young Women’s Leadership Program at the University of Virginia, where college women pair with middle school girls to help them reach their potential. After more than a decade, the program is now a national model. Alison Quantz has more.
We hear a lot about political reform – and election and campaign finance reform in particular. This year in New York one race for the state senate was a stunning illustration of just how badly the election process needs review.
March brings a huge change in the European Union – animal testing for personal products will be banned…and companies that test on animals won’t be able to sell their products there. That’s bad news for China, which requires animal testing, and many American companies, which cling to testing despite new test which are cruelty free. Pascaline Clerc is senior director for animal research issues at the Humane Society of the United States.
When President Barack Obama took the oath of office for the second time, he’s followed it with an address that signaled a clear focus on progressive issues.
Gun violence, gay rights, climate change, voting reform, immigration – and equal pay – it’s a list of priorities that got the attention of conservatives across the country. But let’s break it down and look at just one issue – wage equity.
On Valentine’s Day, we traditionally think about love – but what if you decided to be your own Valentine this year? With so many of us trying to do it all while doing way too much, this year perhaps it’s time to stop and look in the mirror – and ask yourself if you’re being your own best friend.
And if you aren’t, what does that teach the next generation?