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This topic is designed to focus upon the public sector's innovation and ethical policies of the service providers such as hospitals, schools, police department agencies and the policy decision making actions of policymakers which include legislators, civil servants, municipalities and...
Created: May 17, 2013
The world changed a few weeks ago, and you likely didn’t notice. It’s impossible to overstate the sheer cataclysmic wonderfulness of this evolutionary leap forward. What began as a desperate, frustrated, Hail Mary play instead became, in less than a day, a business model that will...
Created: Mar. 19, 2013
If the recent release of Oz, the Great and Powerful has piqued your curiosity about the often overlooked creative genius who first sent little Dorothy to the realm dominated by the majestic Emerald City, you’re in luck. Although Baum’s name doesn’t prompt the smiles of recognition that he...
Created: Mar. 12, 2013
Any parent of a small child has probably resorted to this technique when trying to get those toys picked up: "Let's make it into a game!" Games can be very effective at motivating behavior. Indeed, some games, such as World of Warcraft, have achieved shocking levels of motivation,...
Created: Mar. 1, 2013
Much of the controversy around Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's decision to end telecommuting for her employees has centered on working mothers and whether it's fair to call Mayer, a new mom herself, a traitor to them. But this is also the story of two competing beliefs about what is best for...
Created: Feb. 28, 2013
Cary Grant knew when to quit. The debonair leading man, then 59, was acutely aware of the age difference when paired with 34-year-old Audrey Hepburn in 1963’s Charade . Writer Peter Stone wisely made good-natured sport of this in his delectable screenplay, particularly during this droll...
Created: Feb. 25, 2013
Discarded computers, cell phones, smart phones, televisions, and numerous other pieces of electronic equipment are the world’s largest growing pile of waste, according to a recent report for the International Labour Organization, an agency of the United Nations. The numbers are simply...
Created: Feb. 12, 2013
Nominees for the very first Oscars—in an even dozen categories that included Artistic Quality of Production, Comedy Direction, and Title Writing—were selected by the 33 industry VIPs who became Academy founders at a lavish Ambassador Hotel dinner thrown by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer mogul Louis B....
Created: Feb. 11, 2013
I was in college before I got the joke. Watching 1939’s The Wizard of Oz was an annual ritual in our home; it aired every autumn, and all of us — me, Mom and Dad, and (eventually) both younger sisters — parked in front of the TV set and got goose bumps every time Judy Garland sang...
Created: Jan. 31, 2013
Major law firms are merging to become ever bigger, forming international legal leviathans. One news article referred to the trend as establishing legal “behemoths.” For example, another article in the Wall Street Journal last month noted there were three recent deals that created...
Created: Jan. 31, 2013
Erin Luhmann
When I logged in to my American Twitter account this morning to get my daily news, I took inventory of the trending words and hashtags featured in the left column. Post-Super Bowl weekend, three of the ten featured-hits had something to do with football and a few others were tied to current...
Created: Jan. 23, 2013
Texans are known for boasting about having the biggest and best—it doesn’t matter what. But they really have nothing on the inhabitants of New York City—the city that likes to say it never sleeps—when it comes to advertising its superlatives. And New York City, which does like to think of...
Created: Jan. 21, 2013
Way back in the Stone Age of home video, when rental options were limited to VHS tapes at the numerous Mom ’n’ Pop outlets available in most cities, a very good friend — quite conservative and demure — invited her equally genteel mother over for one of their frequent “gals’ night in” movie...
Created: Jan. 15, 2013
It sounds so clean and modern: Instead of saving your family videos, emails and "Gangnam Style" parodies on the noisy, power-sucking, lead-filled computer on your desktop, simply leave them in "the cloud" where they can float like info-angels, at no cost, until you summon them. Except,...
Created: Jan. 10, 2013
The New York Times recently declared 2012 the "Year of the MOOC." The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation recently announced a major investment in "MOOCs." So, what the heck is a MOOC and what makes it so exciting and troublesome? MOOC stands for Massive Online Open Course and,...
Created: Nov. 16, 2012
While the Occupy Wall Street movement was criticized for its unclear agenda , the participants agreed on a firm stance against disparities between Wall Street banker compensation and more modest, working-class wages. After all, the original protester’s camped out in Zuccotti Park in New...
Created: Nov. 16, 2012
Earning a high school diploma is all but essential for a successful life. That's a perennial, too-obvious fact, but it's one that has never been more true. Parents say so, of course, and so do teachers, guidance counselors and potential bosses. But there's also hard, research-generated data...
Created: Nov. 12, 2012
In 2012, upscale department store Barney's New York announced a holiday partnership with Walt Disney Co. Disney created holiday display windows for the famed store, including one in which a movie shows Minnie Mouse envisioning herself as a Paris runway model. During this short dream sequence,...
Created: Nov. 5, 2012
Erin Luhmann
The world’s poorest populations have something that wealthy pharmaceutical companies want. Living with diseases and other health conditions that have not yet been treated, the neglected are prime subjects for clinical trials that involve free treatment. Poor health, however, does not give a...
Created: Oct. 27, 2012
Diana Krall fans wishing to purchase her new album, Glad Rag Doll , have several options: • The “plain vanilla” version contains 13 tracks, on either vinyl or CD. • The “deluxe” CD contains 17 tracks: the original 13, plus two additional songs (“As Long As I Love” and “Garden in...
Created: Oct. 26, 2012
3D printing, or "additive manufacturing," is a new way to produce objects that is literally and concretely changing the world. Those who understand the most about 3D printing's potential believe it will pull down all kinds of barriers in future decades, from the capital-based manufacturing...
Created: Oct. 17, 2012
Erin Luhmann
Cat saves family from house fire. Dolphin saves swimmer from shark. Dog saves injured hiker from dying in the wilderness. Most people would consider these acts of animal heroics miracles. But what if these random acts could be turned into trained, predictable behaviors? We have already...
Created: Oct. 17, 2012
I’m pretty sure Amazon was my first: a long-discarded e-mail address, secured by the middle name and age of a long-ago supervisor. Seemed pretty tricky, at the time. When our office computers upgraded to personal log-ins, I simply reused the same username/password combination. Why not?...
Created: Oct. 15, 2012
Erin Luhmann
Women’s Day magazine turned 75 this year. Instead of stirring up nostalgia with a vintage issue, editors decided to celebrate the magazine’s relevancy with readers today. By leveraging tradition with content that is relevant for today’s readers, women’s service magazines like Women’s Day...
Created: Oct. 8, 2012
It started with Clue . Director Jonathan Lynn’s limp-noodle 1985 comedy was, I believe, the first mainstream Hollywood film based on a board game. Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Martin Mull and Christopher Lloyd notwithstanding, the picture was a stinker ... although its original theatrical...
Created: Oct. 5, 2012
The recent and quickly growing dispute between China, Japan and Taiwan over the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea is a mess of convoluted legalities, with all three nations claiming total ownership of the uninhabited territory. Unless they can resolve their conflict peacefully, none will...
Created: Sep. 25, 2012
In director François Truffaut’s poetic 1966 adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 , our reluctant hero—Oskar Werner as Guy Montag—lives in a sterile, gadget-laden home with his bored, somnambulant wife, Linda (Julie Christie). Wandering their home in a constant state of...
Created: Sep. 21, 2012
After seven days, Chicago Public School students went back to school on September 19 and parents throughout the city heaved a sigh of relief. Yet despite the city's attempts to portray the strike as selfish on the part of teachers, a significant number of Chicago parents had supported the...
Created: Sep. 19, 2012
Yard sales and estate auctions are two of the few places that neighbors and neighborhoods cross social boundaries. At a yard sale, you get to handle your neighbor's possessions and declare what you think the value of the possessions is. At yard sales, people from better-off neighborhoods...
Created: Sep. 14, 2012
“Whaddaya wanna do tonight?” “I dunno, Angie. What do you wanna do?’’ — Joe Mantell and Ernest Borgnine, in Marty (1955) Forty years ago, movie fans scrutinized TV Guide and newspaper listings for their favorites, often staying up until 2 a.m. for a chance to catch ...
Created: Sep. 13, 2012
 
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