* “Big chains pay better than mom and pop stores,” which is counter to the dominant narrative. * “Don’t Send Your Kid to the Ivy League: The nation’s top colleges are turning our kids into zombies,” which matches my (anecdotal) experience. * Suburban sprawl and bad transit can crush opportunity for the poor. * “Study: [...]
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September Links: Why We Judge, Laptops in Classrooms, Debtors’ Prisons, the Folly of the War on Drugs, and More!
September 14th, 2014 · No Comments
July 24th, 2014 · No Comments
* If you read nothing else today read “Financial Hazards of the Fugitive Life, which concerns Alice Goffman’s brilliant book On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City. It will be cited in our future proposals. * Big Cable says broadband investment is flourishing, but their own data says it’s falling. It will no [...]
May 15th, 2014 · No Comments
* Good news if true (and long overdue, whether this report turns out to be a true trend or a false growth): “Shaking Up the Classroom: Under an increasingly popular system called competency-based learning, students are promoted after they master material—not just because they have spent a year in a class.” * “In-Depth Report Details [...]
Grant Writing Links: Prosperity Despite Heroin, Bedrooms, Drug War Danger, Google Fiber, Real Prosperity, DuckDuckGo and More
March 5th, 2014 · No Comments
* “Despite Heroin Epidemic, Vermont Is Prospering.” The heroin story may be a bogus trend story, but it’s also possible that many people can enjoy drugs responsibly and be otherwise functional. * Are Bedrooms Superfluous? The next-generation Murphy bed. * “How the Drug War Disappeared the Jury Trial,” which everyone needs to read and which [...]
January Links: Apprenticeships, Empathy, Cars, Drugs, Mattresses, Guns, Antibiotics & Sex, and More!
January 14th, 2014 · No Comments
* Where Factory Apprenticeship Is Latest Model From Germany, which the U.S. ought to be doing. * The global poverty rate has dropped by half since 1950. File this under “good news which is rarely broadcast.” * “The Other Side of the Story: When I was fourteen, I had a relationship with my eighth grade [...]
November Links: Vaccines Are Important, Education Reform, the Future of the World, Broadband, Cities, and More!
November 30th, 2013 · No Comments
* Randomized Control Trials (RCTs) of Tennessee’s preschool program show that preschool doesn’t appear to improve the later school performance of those enrolled, or much of anything else. * CDC: Many U.S. Girls Not Getting HPV Vaccine Despite Its Effectiveness. * “A bachelor’s degree could cost $10,000 — total. Here’s how.” The short version is, [...]
Links: The Charity-Industrial Complex, Anthony Weiner Exposed (so to speak), Conventional Wisdom Debunked, Vaccines, Work, the Workforce, and More!
September 21st, 2013 · No Comments
* The charitable industrial complex; I find it revealing that so many people who view how charities work from the inside start to see why so much is amiss with them. * “‘It’s a circle of hell there’s just no way out of,’ Schochet said. ‘I paid it as long as I could.’” * Why [...]
August 11th, 2013 · No Comments
* Dear governments: Want to help the poor and transform your economy? Give people cash. This reminds me of the people I knew in high school and college who wanted to “volunteer” or “build houses” in some developing country over spring break; I would usually say something like, “I bet poor people would much rather [...]
June Links: FundRise, America’s Worst Charities, Apprenticeships, Parking, Computers for Low-Income Kids, and More!
June 18th, 2013 · No Comments
* “Own Your Neighborhood: The real-estate crowdfunding scheme that could revolutionize urban policy by destroying stupid NIMBYism.” * How the ACA (“ObamaCare”) could evolve. The many grant programs created by the ACA should make the evolution of the ACA of interest to many readers. * America’s worst charities. We recommend that our clients stay off [...]
Links: LED Bulbs, Condoms, Education, News is Bad For You, Marriage, Detroit, Foundations, Congress and ObamaCare, and More!
May 5th, 2013 · No Comments
* Great news: we’re (slowly) moving toward a world where education looks at competency, not hours with ass-in-seat. This is flying under the radar of the national press but is hugely important, especially for nonprofits involved with education. * Get LED lightbulbs. I use Switch LED bulbs, which are ludicrously expensive upfront but pay for [...]