Category Archives: My Challenges

My Challenges: Raisa Carrasco Velez, Harvard Kennedy School Alumna and Ash Center Fellow

raisa2Asked to diagnose the health of American democracy, Raisa Carrasco Velez highlights the connection between inequality, education, opportunity and engagement in under-represented communities. Continue reading

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My Challenges: Gar Alperovitz, Author of ‘What Then Must We Do,’ Wants Us to Get Serious about System Change

garAsked to diagnose the health of American democracy, Gar Alperovitz calls for more debate about our economic and political systems—one that links real-world experience and activism to a theory of politics in historical change. Continue reading

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My Challenges: Oded Grajew, Founder of the World Social Forum and Sustainable Cities Program, Brazil

Asked to assess the health of democracy in the U.S. and compare it to his home country of Brazil, Oded Grajew comments on the power of business in a democracy to both negatively influence politics and to bring positive social change. Continue reading

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My Challenges: Karen Mills, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, 2009-2013

Asked to diagnose the health of American democracy, Administrator Mills is enthusiastic, seeing hope in recent bi-partisan efforts to jumpstart the economy by supporting small businesses and entrepreneurship. Continue reading

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Filed under Expansion of Presidential Power, My Challenges, Political Polarization