Wednesday, January 19, 2022

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Postcards could be effective tool in social safety net

President Joe Biden’s social safety net bill faces a tough road to passage. If it is passed, there’s another challenge ahead: How to get...

Some polarization is good, but this is bad

For the first time, the U.S. has been classified as a “backsliding democracy” in a global assessment of democratic societies by the International Institute...

Many states unprepared for broadband windfall

The federal government is pouring billions of dollars into expanding broadband internet access. But it’s at the state level where the financial rubber meets...

Cellphone bans in the workplace reexamined

Cellphones in the workplace can be a distraction – but they could also save your life. In the aftermath of a devastating tornado ripping through an Amazon.com...

Crucial competition for world’s best minds

Driven largely by the global pandemic, the number of international students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities fell by 15% – or 161,401 students...

‘Average user’ data misses harm of social media

Fall 2021 has been filled with a steady stream of media coverage arguing that Meta’s Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram social media platforms pose a...
Karina Holyoak Wood

Catalyzing the big power of small business

(Editor’s note: This essay is part of PBN’s 35th anniversary publication, which can be viewed here.) Five years ago, Jhonny Leyva, of Heroica Construction in Providence, was...

High school internships offer employers advantages

There has never been a better time for employers to recruit and develop a broader, more diverse talent pool than now. The new reality...

More homes won’t solve affordability crisis

Even before 2020, the U.S. faced an acute housing affordability dilemma. The COVID-19 pandemic made it a whole lot worse after millions of people...

How to manage the elevated quit rate

Finding good employees has always been a challenge – but these days it’s harder than ever. And it is unlikely to improve anytime soon. The...

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