1. Progressives: Are they for progress?


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    Today the term “Progressive” is represented by the Occupy Wall Street/occupy anywhere movement and by the left wing of the Democratic Party. In this interactive webinar, William R Thomas examines the history and values of the Progressive movement. He considers what “progress” means and how the idea of progress relates to the secular, statist, environmentalist, egalitarian, and pro-happiness aspects of today's Progressivism. The webinar consists in a 35-minute audio presentation and slide show by William R Thomas. After his prepared remarks, Thomas answers questions submitted by the participants. Audio with slide show. 1 hour 39 minutes.

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    • Stephen Goldsmith & Bill Toliver


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      Stephen Goldsmith and Bill Toliver close out the 2010 Staff Summit. Dr. Goldsmith discusses some of the key ingredients required to ignite social innovation, and Toliver shares his thoughts on why it's a moral imperative for United Way to move forward with our work of advancing the common good.

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      • Engineering the future: cautionary tale or utopia?


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        The idea that we might seek actively to determine - to engineer - our future might seem more 19th than 21st century. Today, popular visions of large-scale engineering are often overshadowed by negative views of the man-made world, from climate change to unsustainable growth to the unforeseen side effects of technology. Yet, countries like China and India appear to have a more positive attitude, with ambitious road and rail projects that reshape vast landscapes. Can we make a compelling case for engineering the future?

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        • Humanitarian Reform Progress to Date and Recurring Challenges (Humanitarian Assistance Webcast 5)


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          (Originally Broadcast on February 2, 2012) The humanitarian reform process, initiated by the United Nations in 2005, aimed to remedy gaps in humanitarian operations and improve the timeliness, effectiveness, and predictability of aid delivery. The reform process sought to achieve these goals through three separate but complementary approaches: (1) the introduction of the cluster system; (2) the Central Emergency Response Fund; and (3) a strengthened humanitarian coordinator system. While greater synchronicity between humanitarian actors may be essential to improvement, the reform process thus far has been met with mixed results. To date, according to many observers, clusters tend to be more process than action oriented and largely exclude national and local actors. Much work still needs to be done to improve inter-cluster coordination and the direct funding of clusters rather than bilateral support has caused delays in operations. The cluster approach is not without positive developments. There have been improvements in the coverage of certain areas and better identification of gaps and duplication in assistance. However, in light of the observed international response to major disasters in recent years it is evident that the criticism that spurred the humanitarian reform process still has real traction. By examining this challenge to humanitarian reform, this ATHA Humanitarian Webcast sought to answer the following questions: (1) What are the main challenges still faced by the humanitarian reform? (2) Has the progress made by the reform process thus far been an overall benefit to humanitarian action? (3) How has enhanced coordination and the cluster approach affected the strategic planning and independence of humanitarian agencies? Moderated by: Claude Bruderlein (Director, HPCR) and Christina Blunt (ATHA Program Coordinator) Panelists: Belinda Holdsworth (Humanitarian Coordination Support Section (HCSS) - OCHA Geneva) Patricia McIlreavy (InterAction) Julia Steets (Global Public Policy Institute (GPPI)

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          • Imagining a Mortgage Finance System that Works


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            http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/03/pdf/mortgage_finance_principles.pdf The bursting of the housing bubble and the resulting foreclosure epidemic have exposed major flaws in the U.S. housing finance system. All agree that significant reforms are necessary in all areas of mortgage finance—origination, primary lending, and secondary markets for mortgage-backed securities including Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac—but there is little consensus on what the system should look like when reforms are in place. Featured Remarks: Reform Considerations in the Housing Finance System Michael Barr, Counselor to the Director of the National Economic Council, White House Welcoming Remarks David Min, Associate Director for Financial Markets Policy, Center for American Progress Moderated Discussion: Defining Progressive Principles for Mortgage Finance Reform Michael Calhoun, President, Center for Responsible Lending Jonathan Miller, Democratic Professional Staff, Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs (subject to Senate schedule) Susan Wachter, Co-Director, Institute for Urban Research, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania Kenneth Wade, Chief Executive Officer, Neighborworks Barry Zigas, Director of Housing Policy, Consumer Federation of America Moderated by: Sarah Rosen Wartell, Executive Vice President and Managing Director for Economic Policy, Center for American Progress

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            • Rem Koolhaas: On Progress


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              OMA's founding partner Rem Koolhaas' lecture as delivered on the 10th of November 2011.

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                • The End of Progress - August 15, 2010


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                  The End of Progress - August 15, 2010 Worship from First Baptist Church of Knoxville Sermon by William D. Shiell, Ph.D. Ephesians 2:10

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                  • All You Can Eat? How Hungry is America in Good Times versus Recession?


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                    http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/02/recovery_animation.html “It is insane, and morally bankrupt, for a nation with this much wealth to allow [hunger] to continue,” said Jim Weill, president of the Food Research and Action Center, at a Center for American Progress event Friday morning. At the event, CAP Policy Analyst Joy Moses led a panel discussion on the importance of a new U.S. commitment to end food insecurity and hunger for all Americans. Panelist Joel Berg, executive director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger and author of All You Can Eat: How Hungry is America?, noted that in 2007, more than 36.2 million Americans either did not have enough food or feared they would not have enough at some point during the year. “Hunger,” he said, “should be on the same level as what people thought about cholera, malaria, and yellow fever. These have all been eradicated with the government’s help.” Berg added that with the aid of the federal government, hunger can be eradicated in a few short years. Federal programs have already made progress. The establishment of food safety net programs, or federal aid and entitlement packages aimed at assisting in the purchase of food for hungry families, has helped to stem the prevalence of starving children that once filled the streets in the early 20th century. Today’s hunger problems require targeted assistance. “Current food insecurity,” Weill noted, “is often a choice between food and rent, or between food and health care.” As a result, policies focused on bolstering support for poor and working-class families will have the largest effect on hunger. Weill noted that hunger experts “almost unanimously agree we need to boost food stamp programs. Dollar for dollar, they have the best value.” Congress has clearly taken note. The version of the recovery package recently passed by the House of Representatives includes $20 billion over two years for food stamp costs. These additional funds would allow for an increase in benefit levels, which are currently inadequate to meet the needs of most families who have struggled to manage increased food prices over the last couple of years. Panelist Judith Bell, president of PolicyLink, agreed with including food stamps in the legislation, adding that “food stamps were the only federal program to work after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in 2005.” She concluded that “with the $28 a week average food stamp benefit available to individuals, it is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to maintain a healthy diet.” A healthy diet, Bell explained, is an integral part of any movement to eradicate hunger in the United States. In Louisville, Kentucky, for example, there is a shortage of chain grocery stores in predominantly African-American communities. As a result, many low-income families are forced to shop at convenience stores. “Food deserts,” Bell said, “contribute to the diabetes and obesity that plague these communities. Studies show that given the choice to buy [healthy foods], people will eat healthy foods.” Overall, the panel agreed that solving the issues surrounding hunger and food insecurity required the leadership of the federal government. “Physical availability, nutrition education, and price affordability make up the three-legged stool of food security,” Berg concluded. While many of the current food safety net programs go a long way toward increasing food security, the panel warned that ultimately “we can’t end hunger without drastically reducing poverty, but if we do, it’ll keep coming back.” Featured Speakers: Joel Berg, Executive Director, New York City Coalition Against Hunger; author, All You Can Eat: How Hungry Is America? Judith Bell, President, PolicyLink Jim Weill, President, Food Research and Action Center Moderated by: Joy Moses, Policy Analyst, Poverty Program, Center for American Progress

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                    • American Philosopher The Film


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                      Who dares think a nation? What is the status of philosophy in a nation founded by philosophers? What are the risks of practicing philosophy in America? Does America have a "native" philosophy? Eight short films about philosophy in America and American philosophy by Phillip McReynolds. Please also visit my youtube channel youtube.com/user/americanphilosopher. Thanks for your support.

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