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2018-12-11 03:00
The vast majority of Americans appear to have re-learned the long-standing political dictum, “Elections have consequences.”  Voters turned out in record numbers for last mon… Read More
2018-10-23 17:33
’ve been promising for several months to give you the details of the idea I’ve been working on the last three years – the business model for what’s going to replace g… Read More
2018-09-11 22:16
In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s been several months since I’ve written about, well, much of anything. I’ve been in the odd situation of being terribly swamped w… Read More
2018-06-19 17:58
In the past several weeks, I’ve had an unusual number of opportunities to speak to various groups about things I’m working on – and in the next few months I’ll be sp… Read More
2018-05-31 12:05
Out in New Mexico recently, I was able to mix kayaking over Class 3 rapids, hiking at Tent Rocks, and eating at celebrated restaurants, with catching up with old friends – like former… Read More
2018-05-09 23:57
I recently taught a new course – “Deep Policy: Wrong and How to Right It” – at Union Theological Seminary.  This was a “pilot” or “workshop&rd&helli…Read More
2018-03-27 19:36
In the weeks since I sent you my last update about the Greater Good Initiative, I’ve heard from, and talked with, many of you about what this initiative could become beyond an annual c… Read More
2018-03-13 23:58
I just wanted to share with you my most recent piece for US News & World Report, which is also, sadly, my last, as they’ve discontinued their Opinion section.  Watc… Read More
2018-02-22 22:46
The other night, just after finishing my piece that ran yesterday on what we can do about gun violence, I received an email from a student at Princeton University, where I’d given a… Read More
2018-01-30 18:06
At the end of each year, I write a think-piece about the state of the world and where things are headed.  This year, I was asked to write a longer disquisition than usual by Aspenia, th… Read More
2018-01-11 18:06
To kick off the New Year in a new way, I need your input on a new initiative. In coming weeks, I’ll be telling you about some new writing, teaching, and business activities.  But… Read More
2017-12-13 18:00
I wrote a few days ago that I’ve had an unusually fecund several weeks, churning out nine articles for four publications (plus the comments Tom Edsall quoted extensively in the New Yor… Read More
2017-12-07 17:12
Tom Edsall @Edsall on @ericschnurer and his thoughts on why liberals need to start listening to the rest of America in today’s @nytimes Click To Tweet It&rsq&hellip…Read More
2017-10-27 13:19
This past weekend was the first Greater Good Gathering – something I hope will become not just an annual event but part of a larger initiative to promote the “greater good”… Read More
2017-10-06 16:19
riseIn the past month, I’ve written a trifecta of articles on a diverse set of issues in the news – the cultural divide within the country, international relations, Puerto Rico&r&hell…Read More
2017-09-26 15:34
The Greater Good Gathering is fast approaching. The program is coming together, and I hope we can count on seeing you there for a weekend of discussion on technology, change, the future of… Read More
2017-09-06 21:28
It was an unusually busy August! I’d like to update you on a few goings-on – most importantly, the Greater Good Gathering that I described in my last update. This is the f… Read More
2017-08-21 18:08
In the last month, our country has been fraying in ways unseen since the the civil rights and Vietnam War era, and I’ve written several pieces about the gathering storm. As I wrote a f… Read More
2017-07-24 14:38
Today I’m happy to announce the new initiative I’m proudest of – and to ask for your help and involvement. On October 19-21, I’ll be cosponsoring with my undergrad al… Read More
2017-07-20 00:11
As you know, for the past several years, I’ve been writing about the challenges of illiberal and antidemocratic forces, rising alienation of the failing middle class, and technological… Read More
2017-07-05 16:21
Growing up in Arizona, I was fascinated with Native cultures, particularly those of the Pueblo peoples of the Southwest. Arizona afforded ample opportunity to experience how these peoples ha… Read More
2017-06-08 01:16
In the last few weeks, I’ve written several articles on ostensibly different subjects – climate change, Vladimir Putin’s Russia, and the collapse of the Republicans’… Read More
2017-05-03 13:36
I’m back at the writing – and back in the USA – after a trip to Paris to moderate two panels on the recent French elections: one on “A Whole New France and Whole New… Read More
2017-03-21 17:45
A project at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, under the direction of noted public-sector leader Stephen Goldsmith, has compiled what it regards as the 30 best reports on “… Read More
2017-02-10 21:27
It’s hard to believe we’re only three weeks into the Trump Administration. In that time, I’ve written three articles assessing how we got here and where we’re going;… Read More
2017-01-12 18:04
This week saw President Barack Obama’s formal farewell – and further revelations about what Vladimir Putin’s relationship with Donald Trump portends for the future. In A… Read More
A Season Of Caring
2016-12-27 15:57
As the turbulent year 2016 winds down, I’ve bookended the holidays with two pieces about caring. The first, The Age of “Who Cares?”, appeared in US News & World Report… Read More
Charles Adler Tonight
2016-12-19 18:29
My piece in US News & World Report last week, The Age of “Who Cares?”, attracted the attention of a Canadian talk show, Charles Adler Tonight, which invited me on to discuss… Read More
On Earth, Good Will To All (?)
2016-12-14 20:07
Every year around the holidays, I try to write a piece or two summing up where our country and the world stand. Often, these pieces have tackled moral issues, as befits the season. In this… Read More
Thanks, But No Thanks
2016-11-22 14:30
In the two weeks since Election Day, I’ve been trying to explain to various audiences what I think it all meant. Just before the polls closed that evening, I moderated a panel of exper… Read More
It’s A Tie!
2016-11-08 12:24
Which will it be? Veterans of campaign work know that the slowest day of the year is, ironically, Election Day with its long wait for the results. For those of you counting the hours to… Read More
2016-10-25 01:30
Throughout the summer and fall, I’ve been trying to address the serious economic issues underlying the anxiety and anger dominating this year’s presidential campaign. I’ve… Read More
Up Close And Personal
2016-10-17 13:48
In the last three weeks, I’ve grown increasingly saddened about the state of American politics and have begun writing increasingly personal articles about it. These aren’t about… Read More
My Old School
2016-09-30 12:51
The last two weeks have taken me back to my old high school, college, and graduate school. My trip back to Redwood High was for a reunion – but it triggered thoughts resulting in my po… Read More
The Future Of Work
2016-09-12 19:19
Since my last update, I wrote a piece in US News, The Man Who Would Be Caesar, arguing that Democrats need to develop an agenda to address the challenges of threatened working Americans:… Read More
Un-Conventional Wisdom
2016-08-03 15:41
It’s been quite a two weeks. A Turkish friend started IM’ing me from Istanbul as the coup attempt against President Erdogan broke out, and our text conversation continued in &ldq&hell…Read More
Brexit: The End Of Democracy As We Know It
2016-06-27 11:48
Thanks to American Airlines delaying my Thursday evening flight home by 6 hours, I pulled an all-nighter and was able to follow the Brexit returns and morning-after impacts from London in re… Read More
Politics Are Not Recession-Proof
2016-06-02 10:03
I hope the unofficial arrival of summer has been good where you are. This year, May was an unusually busy, but interesting, month for me. I’m just back from two weeks in Estonia, Denma… Read More
Gaining Global Perspective
2016-04-14 18:17
I wrote several weeks ago about my expanding involvement in issues overseas. This week presents a few further examples. First, I received two invitations from abroad following up on some of… Read More
Trump, Clinton, And The Future Of America
2016-03-17 21:28
The 2016 presidential campaign is providing plenty of food for thought – resulting in my writing three different pieces on it in a seven-day stretch over the last week. First, the Aspe… Read More
Going To Extremes: Improving Education
2016-03-04 17:10
Dr. JoAnn Cox, our Alaska project leader, at the top of the world in Barrow, AK. With our project manager Deborah Forman in Eagle, CO. In my last update, I told you about Public Works mergin… Read More
The Winter Of Worldwide Discontent
2016-02-03 22:11
The political world is ablaze this week with post-Iowa and pre-New Hampshire analysis.  In my latest post for US News & World Report, The Winter of Worldwide Discontent, I… Read More
Going Global In 2016
2016-01-18 13:34
With Kipngeno Kiri, Managing Partner of Savvypol Consulting Group, Kenya. Our futures are increasingly interwoven with developments beyond the borders of the US. So, my end-of-2015… Read More
A Rewarding Year For Consulting
2015-12-17 15:25
2015 has been a good year for my consulting firm, Public Works LLC.  We’ve had 23 consultants and staff at work on over a dozen projects stretching from Alaska to Puerto Rico, and… Read More
No Shortage Of Radicals
2015-12-09 15:23
My latest post for U.S. News & World Report, “No Shortage of Radicals” addresses the subject at the heart of my course at the University of Chicago (and t… Read More

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