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BUILD’s 2011 Business Plan Competition

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After a year of work, today is the BUILD 2011 Business Plan Competition. It’s been a great, challenging and inspiring year working with the kids. I’ll blog more about lessons from BUILD soon, but today’s a great day for the team — the Body Oilers. Great job, you all!


Written by Russell S.

May 21, 2011 at 3:20 pm

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“A Republic, Madam…If You Can Keep It”

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As it usually does, David Brooks’ column caught my attention this week.  Examining the nature of democracy, Brooks concludes that the most recent battles over the debt and deficit in Washington will not yield fruitful outcomes absent a reversion to republican (small-r) politics. Brooks expounds upon this by labeling our current democracy the “politics of solipsism.” “The [current] political culture encourages politicians and activists to imagine that the country’s problems would be solved if other people’s interests and values magically disappeared.” Instead, he says, we need a true leadership class, of the kind that existed “as late as the Truman and Eisenhower Administrations,” to balance interests and passions. Read the rest of this entry »