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A Bright Spot for Bipartisanship?

September 20, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: bad

A Bright Spot for Bipartisanship?

These days, it doesn’t seem like there’s much our politicians agree on. Partisanship in Washington has reached the highest levels in decades. We don’t see eye-to-eye on what sort of health care Americans deserve and who deserves it. Momentum for once-inevitable tax reform appears to have slowed, and plans for a major infrastructure project, where there was early hope for bipartisan collaboration, feel out of reach.

Yet, there’s an odd sort of bipartisan convergence happening in the world of education and workforce development. Because, as the specter of mass technological unemployment heightens concerns that our education and training systems can’t […]

Hilly Lisbon launches electric bike share system in bid to solve congestion

September 20, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: bad


Wander around Lisbon’s city centre with its vertiginous cobbled streets, treacherous enough on foot in the rain, it’s hard to imagine cycling ever taking off. Some streets are so steep there are funiculars to help you scale them, and Lisboetas on bikes are a rare sight outside of summer.

Like many hilly cities around the world, Lisbon has a serious congestion problem, and its urban planners know that if more people were persuaded to cycle they could reap huge benefits in air quality, health and liveability.

Enter the electric bike. In June Lisbon unleashed 100 public hire bikes – two thirds […]

Germans’ misplaced faith in economic strength

September 20, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: bad


The Euro logo sculpture by German artist Ottmar Hörl at the former headquarters of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt | Boris Roessler/AFP via Getty Images FRANKFURT — When it comes to the economy, most German voters seem content. But they shouldn’t be so complacent, experts warn, as the German economy faces some massive structural problems, including an aging society and a still-too-rigid labor market that could presage a leaner future.

For now though, the country’s second Wirtschaftswunder , or economic miracle, is almost certain to secure German Chancellor Angela Merkel another term after Sunday’s general election.

Since Merkel’s last election […]

The world isn’t as flat as we thought: Mobility is key to closing economic divide

September 19, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: bad


Long-term trends will change the global economy, putting unique strains on both large cities and outlying areas. PwC has identified five megatrends actively shaping our world: rapid urbanization, technological breakthroughs, shifts in global economic power, demographic and social change, and climate change. These trends combine to create a geographic and economic divide—booming cities that produce up to 90 percent of US GDP growth but grapple with spiraling housing prices, strained infrastructure, and outlying areas at risk of stagnation and brain-drain.

Mobility—the ease with which people, goods, and ideas can move from one location to another—is a powerful lever that all […]

Washington Center Honors Keene State with Civic Engagement Award

September 19, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: bad

Washington Center Honors Keene State with Prestigious Civic Engagement Award

Keene State is One of Five Institutions Chosen from 100 Nominations Nationwide Keene State College will receive the prestigious 2017 Higher Education Civic Engagement Award presented by The Washington Center. The College was selected for its leadership and innovation in civic engagement. Five colleges and universities were chosen this year from 100 nominations. Keene State College will be presented with the award during The Washington Center’s annual awards luncheon in Washington, D.C. at the National Press Club on October 2, 2017. Interim President Melinda Treadwell will accept the award on Keene State College’s behalf.

“Keene State is honored and humbled […]

Charlotte’s economic mobility ranking is dead last. Will this jobs program help?

September 19, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure


In response to the Keith Lamont Scott protests last year, the City Council wrote its “Letter to the Community,” saying it would focus on three areas: the police relationship with residents, building more affordable housing and creating jobs.

The city pledged an additional $750,000 for a new workforce development program – which would, the letter said, “increase jobs, training and opportunities for our youth and individuals with multiple barriers to employment.”

The city invested in Project PIECE, the Partnership for Inclusive Employment and Career Excellence.The program was not created after the Scott shooting – the city had already decided earlier that […]

How Increasing Income Inequality Is Dampening U.S. Economic Growth, And Possible Ways To Change The Tide

September 19, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure

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The topic of income inequality and its effects has been the subject of countless analysis stretching back generations and crossing geopolitical boundaries. Despite the tendency to speak about this issue in moral terms, the central questions are economic ones: Would the U.S. economy be better off with a narrower income gap? And, if an unequal distribution of income hinders growth, which solutions could do more harm than good, and which could make the economic pie bigger for all?

Given the decades–indeed, centuries–of debate on this subject, it comes as no surprise that the answers are […]

An Instagrammer’s incredible transformation shows the different effects of weight lifting and running

September 18, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure

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Rebecca Catherine Smith Rebecca Catherine Smith/ Instagram The INSIDER Summary:

In a recent Instagram post, fitness Instagrammer Rebecca Catherine Smith shared a side-by-side photo of her body before and after changing her workout routine.

Smith wrote that she switched from cardio to weightlifting, and hasn’t looked back since. She wants to encourage women to embrace the weight room and not be afraid of becoming "manly." Weightlifting is no longer considered "just for the boys." Celebrities and average people alike are embracing this classic strength-building workout-type. Case in point: Rebecca Catherine Smith. The Instagrammer recently shared […]

The Army is about to get the latest, high-tech version of the lethal Abrams tank

September 18, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: bad

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A soldier scrambles into the driver’s compartment of an M1A1 Abrams tank during the Gen. Gordon Sullivan Cup best tank crew competition at Fort Benning, Georgia, May 3, 2016. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jon Soucy

The Army is preparing to receive delivery of its first of six newly-upgraded MIA2 SEP v3 Abrams Main Battle Tank pilot tank vehicles — specifically engineered to keep pace with fast changing technology and counter major armored warfare threats for decades to come.

The Army is now building the next versions of the Abrams tank – an effort which advances on-board power, electronics, […]

To Make Our Democracy Functional, We Must Confront Economic Inequality

September 18, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure

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An activist raises a fist to a crowd during a fast-food workers’ strike on May 15, 2014, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo: Joe Brusky) The United States is a plutocratic disaster. Extreme levels of inequality and a political system in which elected officials cater primarily, if not exclusively, to the needs and interests of the rich have produced a social order beset with mounting problems and critical challenges that elections alone cannot realistically be expected to address. In this exclusive interview for Truthout, renowned political scientist Larry Bartels, author of the already classic work Unequal Democracy , provides a sweeping […]