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Harvard Law School Forum
“In my recently published book, The Rise of the Working Class Shareholder: Labor’s Last Best Weapon (Harvard University Press 2018), I tell the story of a largely invisible group of activists who have learned to use the shareholder power of public pension funds and labor union funds to advance the interests of their worker-contributors…”
Researchers at Boston University are using machine learning and big data to reduce healthcare spending on chronic conditions, including diabetes and heart disease.
Expert Quote: “Using machine learning to come up with personalized predictions and recommendations will significantly strengthen prevention efforts. Better prevention can not only improve outcomes for individuals, but also substantially reduce healthcare spending.”
As long-term investors, we want corporations to be thinking about the future. Unfortunately, from our vantage point, short-term thinking has become endemic on Wall Street. While CEOs publicly profess their commitment to the long-term interests of shareholders, too often we see how their actions directly contradict their words…
“In my view, the global capital market is the most powerful institution on earth…”
In These Times
The ideological blinders of some on the left are aiding and abetting the right’s final assault on labor. Workers and their allies should be appalled, and they need to act quickly…
Inside Higher Ed
“John Seely Brown, the former director of the legendary Xerox PARC laboratory, famously wrote in 2011 that the half-life of a skill is five years (and shrinking).”
On a late January morning , it’s standing room only inside the Boston Licensing Board’s gray-as-the-day hearing room in City Hall.
“noise hasn’t historically been a big part of environmental health, but people are starting to realize that noise is more than just a nuisance.”
Public Affairs Council
Public and private pension funds in the U.S. totaled about $20 trillion in 2015. These assets represent “real world clout” that public employees and labor unions “have not wielded for decades,” according to David Webber writing in The Rise of the Working-Class Shareholder: Labor’s Last Best Weapon…
“There are economic, political and legal reasons that unions are not as powerful as they once were. Economically, we’ve lost manufacturing jobs to Asia. Politically, the National Labor Relations Board has been hostile to unions, and the Democratic Party is not the stalwart in defense of workers’ interests as it used to be…”
This isn’t an easy story for me to share. Nearly three years ago, my happy-go-lucky nine-year-old kept disappearing to his room for long stretches of time.
“Kids are going to find a way to watch porn no matter what we do.”
With more than twice as many Ebola outbreaks as any other country since the virus was discovered in 1976, Congolese are familiar with its destructive power, yet fear and suspicion of medical authorities are still hindering efforts at containment…
“By doing something violent you’d be creating greater distrust.”
Now that the Ebola virus outbreak is slowly looming into the region we’re starting to be a bit more proactive on how we handle it…
“…I think the main thing to start with is that the situation at the DRC’s very different than what it was in West Africa…This is the tenth Ebola outbreak in the DRC…”