A banner at the Women's March on Philadelphia on January 21, 2017.

Date: January 31, 2017

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Kant Touch This: Corporations Learn to Be Kind

Many economic realities changed ten days ago when President Trump got to work. One thing, however, did not. It may soon appear that thinning government budgets led to more corporations and foundations funding social justice initiatives, but the market was already swinging that way. The Ford Foundation spent most of 2015 cutting more than half of their initiatives to focus solely on addressing the causes of inequality. The MacArthur Foundation hopes…

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Grants

Date: January 26, 2017

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What’s Your Deal?: Grant Writing Just Got Sexy

You’ve voted. You’ve read your feed. You’ve called your members of Congress. You’ve donated all you can – a few dollars after indulgent self-care and preparing for the apocalypse – but it’s doesn’t seem enough. So why clear out your couch cushions when you could be earning free money for the causes you support? After the federal government changed hands last week, early indications were that discretionary funding – the main source of grants…

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Women's March Philadelphia

The Resistance Will Be Commodified

It’s nearly official: the Women’s Marches were the largest one-day protest in U.S. history. A politics professor estimates in his open spreadsheet that more than 3.3 million people – one out of every 100 Americans – marched in every state, while more than 450,000 filled the nation’s capital. Protesters marched more than 6 million miles; that distance on a treadmill motor turbine would have powered 35 city blocks for a month. In addition,…

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A panorama of the floor at the Democratic National Convention, Philadelphia, July 28, 2016

Date: July 30, 2016

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Election 2016: Odds and Ends from the Democratic Convention

It was a privilege and honor to cover the Democratic National Convention with so many talented journalists and meet all the delegates and activists who gave their all to speak in Philadelphia. The mood was often contentious but never bitter or violent, and a great series of speeches entered the history books. Allow these modest additions of quotes from the events that your correspondent was unable to use in other…

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A Democratic delegate uses a smartphone at the Democratic National Convention, Philadelphia, 28 July 2016

UX/IA Election 2016: Hillary Clinton’s Initiatives Need More UX

Hillary Clinton closed down Philadelphia’s colorful convention last night with a memorable speech appealing to desires for a promising future very much unlike the past. Her acceptance, slightly shorter than Donald Trump’s speech a week ago, was more emotional than the fact-laden lessons her policy-driven style has produced, but it did include several proposals that will require wonks, champions, and laborers. They will also need more thinking about user experience….

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