Lessons From Amazon’s Decision To Cancel New York City Headquarters

It’s easy for politicians to demonize rich corporate executives and demand they fund solutions. Most of us aren’t rich and thus won’t have to chip in, making for an easy sell. But a lack of money is often not the biggest problem, and solutions that ask more people to contribute force public officials to maintain some fiscal discipline.

How Did Liberty Fare at Oscars 2019?

This piece first appeared on Independent Institute. The 91st Academy Awards turned out to be a good night for liberty and individualism, although many would have been surprised based on the lead up to Hollywood’s most glamorous night. Strong buzz for The Favourite, Bohemian Rhapsody, Vice, and A Star Is Born suggested that movies featuring liberty and freedom as central themes would …

The Legacy of Diverse Leadership at FSU and its Impact for Equity and Inclusion Going Forward

A few weeks ago, I attended a speech given by Doby Flowers at the Multicultural Leadership Summit hosted by The Center for Leadership and Social Change at Florida State University. Doby Flowers is one of three individuals featured in FSU’s Integration Statue on the Legacy Walk pathway that runs through the heart of campus. Doby …

Florida Needs More Housing but Government Often Gets in the Way

This piece first appeared in the Tallahassee Democrat. Florida is the third most populous state in the country and has no problem attracting new residents: From 2010 to 2016, 114,744 new households moved to Florida each year. Unfortunately, only 57,952 housing units were added each year. This discrepancy — with demand outpacing supply — has pushed …

A New Era in Collaborative Forest Restoration: Working Towards Long-Term, Large-Scale, and High-Capacity Collaboration

There are many lessons derived from this body of work, a few of which I’ve shared here. However, there is much more to be learned from research on large scale, long term, collaborative efforts. In a time when uncertainties are growing, divisiveness is the order of the day, and climate change is impacting ecological integrity throughout the world, the need for adaptive visions for resilience, collectively determined trajectories, and effective ways of working together over the long term could not be more important. Through the study of these long term landscape scale collaborative groups participating in CFLRP, we offer applicable lessons that can help shape a future in collaborative environmental management that is based on adaptive management, resilience, ecological integrity, learning, and collective action.

Social Science Chart of the Day: Teens and Social Media

Recent Pew Research Center data explores how teens feel about social media. The first table shows the positive and negative feelings teens have about social media. The second table outlines their experiences (positive and negative) on social media, and pays attention to differences between high and low online media users. Read more about the Pew …

Lessons from the Classroom (Student Edition): Learning About the Voting Rights Restoration for Felons Initiative

For our final project in our Policy Development and Administration class, we were tasked with analyzing a policy. Having recently learned about Florida's Amendment 4, Voting Rights Restoration for Felons from a different group's presentation, we both decided this could be an interesting and suitable topic for our final project. Neither of us expected what …

Teaching Cultural and Political Tolerance Through Interdisciplinary Research Skills

The most interesting classes I teach involve building interdisciplinary studies and multicultural urbanism.  Maybe because both courses ask students to recognize and respect diverse perspectives and different ways of knowing the world. In multicultural urbanism, I ask students to step outside of their social worlds long enough to learn how other social and racial/ethnic groups have been …

A Core COSSPP Value: Diversity

This brings me around to describing the two major thrusts of what I consider the college’s commitment to Diversity - People and Ideas. A college with a diverse population that holds a shared worldview is a failure. Similarly, a college with a diversity of ideas, but little demographic diversity is also a failure. Society is complex, messy, and contested; a lack of diversity of people or ideas will leave our students unprepared for the real world.