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How social impact bonds could spark prosperity for Indian Country in a pandemic recovery

Aug 14, 2020
"Investors are willing to put money on the table for projects with a positive social outcome," Patrice Kunesh says.
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How lobbying and regulation can worsen inequality, according to one political science professor

Steven Teles wants to arm legislators with more research staff so they can push back when lobbyists fight institutional change.
Self-serving regulations on behalf of the most wealthy stand in the way of transformational change, Steven Teles argues.
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Silicon Valley congressman on distributing tech jobs across the country

Aug 12, 2020
Rep. Ro Khanna says we need to expand access to the innovation economy.
U.S. Rep. Ro Khanna, Democrat of California.
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Decarbonization can fix the jobs crisis and the climate crisis, scientist says

Aug 11, 2020
Saul Griffith is the co-author of a new report that outlines a plan to reduce U.S. dependence on fossil fuels while creating millions of jobs.
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Kat Cole's vision for a kinder capitalism

The president and COO of Focus Brands says "caring for connected stakeholders — employees, customers, vendors" is where our economic system is going.
Kat Cole, president and COO of Focus Brands, supports stakeholders, not just shareholders.
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Could reforming student loan debt provide a long-term U.S. economic boost?

Aug 10, 2020
U.S. policymakers may look to Europe for inspiration on reforming the higher education finance system.
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How the president of the Ford Foundation would reimagine the economy

Jul 2, 2020
“We begin first by asking the question: Why is there so much inequality in our society?” Darren Walker says.
"Inequality makes people believe that the systems that are supposed to serve them are rigged — are designed by we privileged Americans to benefit us, at their expense," Darren Walker said.
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The future of education is digital, online learning platform CEO says

Online enrollments at Coursera are up 500% from the same time a year ago, says CEO Jeff Maggioncalda.
Coursera CEO Jeff Maggioncalda says a class on the science of well-being is the most popular on the platform right now. "Very job-relevant, practical courses seem to be the ones that most people are turning to."
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What if COVID-19 checks were a regular occurrence?

"You just get a much bigger fiscal bang for the buck," says Mark Blyth, the economics professor and author of "Angrynomics."
"We're managing to do it right now in the COVID pandemic. We send people checks," Blyth says. "Imagine if those checks were endowment checks."
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The effects of unemployment spread like a virus

A possible cure for the economic crisis caused by the pandemic? The job guarantee. Pavlina Tcherneva of Bard College explains the job-creation idea.
The job guarantee concept is simple: For everyone who wants a job, a job will be provided by the government.
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