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Fonkoze: Haitian Diaspora Unites Across U.S.

With Barbara Magnoni. Photos by Tequila Minsky. Brooklyn, N.Y.  As the world economy collapses, the lifeline to already-impoverished Haiti has run thin.  One third of Haiti’s economy flows through remittances — through companies such as Western Union and Moneygram — from overseas family members sending cash home. Banks and micro-finance institutions such as Fonkoze also play […]

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2,870 Mayors for Peace: Does Yours Belong?

New York, N.Y. 2,870 cities in 134 countries. That’s how many cities have committed themselves to not being a nuclear target by joining the U.N.-associated Mayors for Peace. “Being in favor of nuclear disarmament is a no-brainer for cities. Atomic weapons were developed to destroy cities,” Aaron Tovish explained to me over coffee at the […]

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Chief Economist on Talent and the Economy

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New York, N.Y.  I recently spoke off-the-record with one of Wall Street’s chief economists. “It will take a long time to get back to where we were,” he said, agreeing with most of his colleagues and the president. “But,” and here I was brought up short, “it will never look the same.” Still, people should […]

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Delivering Social Good via Technology in Bad Economy

The Golden Venture washed up on our shores. This drama led to not only the Tribeca Film Festival film Golden Venture, but also to the founding of a national nonprofit organization, Pro Bono Net, which had the then-revolutionary idea of using technology to help coordinate pro bono lawyers working for good. One decade later, this […]

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Giving Newly-Arrived Home Attendants Nursing Education

New York, N.Y.  There exists a large population of bright home attendants in New York City from around the world, often burdened with family obligations coupled with low incomes.  These people, many women, often wish for a better life through the acquisition of nursing skills.  At the same time, there is a nursing shortage in […]

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