The Cooper Hewitt - Photo by the Smithsonian Institute Last fall, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Museum of Design invited visitors to submit exhibition ideas. Here's what I shared: Hi Curators, I’d like to propose that the Cooper Hewitt curate an exhibition on “Designing Community: Solutions for a Fragmenting World.” In this moment of deep division, … Continue reading I pitched the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum on an Exhibition & Symposium. Here’s what I wrote.
A Nobel prize winning economist, an urban planner named Coyote, and a New York Times reporter venture into the desert... No, it’s not the setup to a joke. On the contrary, it’s the framing for an interesting profile of Paul Romer, 2018 winner of the Nobel prize in economics, in yesterday’s Times, who is attending … Continue reading When an economist goes to Burning Man
It's 2059. The results of a study on the ability of genetic engineering to help poor kids escape poverty are out and they're not pretty. It turns out that even a high IQ can't overcome structural inequality. Or, at least that's the scenario presented as part of a new oped series from the Times, which … Continue reading Towards social policy rooted in social networks (the IRL kind)
Taking the subway home from work at 8:30pm the other day, it was only too appropriate that I would come across a Times article documenting the “overwork premium” – that is, the phenomenon of lavishly rewarding workers for working excessively long hours. That might sound like a good problem to have. And to be clear, … Continue reading Overcoming the “Overwork Premium”