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The dome of the U.S. Capitol Building is reflected in a puddle on a rainy morning. Credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque
July 9, 2018

Why Liberals and Libertarians Both Have It Wrong — And Right

Is the current economic malaise caused by income inequality, runaway regulation, or some combination of the two?
Insights and ideas on the management and leadership of nonprofit organizations.


Jim Farrin, credit: Sean Pressley
June 21, 2018

How to Flunk Retirement and Thrive

A former marketing executive loves his unlikely third act as a prison-education reformer.


Professor Aruna Ranganathan with factory workers| Courtesy of Aruna Ranganathan
June 20, 2018

The Secret Sauce in Workplace Training

First-time workers do better when trainers focus on “unwritten skills,” such as how to talk to strangers.


SEED transformation participant, Linda Ampah | Gabriela Hasbun
June 15, 2018

Scaling Up and Changing Lives in Africa

How a Ghanaian entrepreneur stitched together a clothing company that employs and houses homeless women.


A photo illustration of block chain shapes over "I Voted" stickers.  | istock/filo, Reuters/Chris Keane
May 18, 2018

Can Blockchain Be Used for Public Good?

A new Stanford study looks beyond the hype to examine how decentralized transactions can solve social ills.

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March 28, 2018

The Case for a Danish-Style Safety Net

Businesses benefit when the government steps in to provide social benefits, a visiting scholar contends.
March 15, 2018

“The Workplace Is Killing People and Nobody Cares”

A new book examines the massive health care toll today’s work culture exacts on employees.
February 2, 2018

The Rebel Behind Africa’s Telecom Revolution

How Strive Masiyiwa used street theater (and lawyers) to dominate a mobile marketplace.
January 22, 2018

How Engineering’s Blind Spot Creates Runaway Monopolies

One of Big Tech’s biggest problems is that designers too often forget to put a soul in the machine.
January 16, 2018

Reducing Gender Inequality at Work, One Small Step at a Time

Modest, daily actions that target bias are the “building blocks to larger change.”
November 15, 2017

“Why Is She Telling Us to Eat Grass?”

The challenge of running a health food company in a country where being overweight is a sign of success.
October 23, 2017

Don’t Toss That Lettuce — Share It

A free food-sharing app aims to go global with a hyperlocal focus.
October 2, 2017

Paving the Way to Healthy Homes

How a singular focus on one basic thing — floors — is transforming lives in Africa.
September 18, 2017

Is Capitalism Killing America?

Young & Rubicam Chairman Emeritus Peter Georgescu says it’s time to end the era of shareholder primacy.
July 31, 2017

Jane Chen: Be Courageous Because You Will Fail

The CEO of Embrace Innovations explains the most important skill for a successful entrepreneur.