Recent Interviews With Me
Christian Science Monitor: Conventions raise curtain on a campaign like no other
Some of My Pieces
Will you just “wait and see?” (HuffPost)
Have you ever wondered whether you would speak up if democracy came under attack, as it did in Europe in the 1930’s and 40’s? That question is being answered now.
America Is A Creed, Not a Tribe — And Too Few Americans Know Why That Matters (HuffPost)
You’re not an American because of your blood, or the soil on which you were born, or the religion you practice. You’re an American because you believe in the American creed. That’s the essential miracle of this country.
It Isn’t Just Trump: The Roots Of Democracy’s Crisis Are Many And Deep (HuffPost)
For a panel discussion on the crisis of democracy, I started a list of answers to the question, “How did we get here?” I was amazed at how fast that list grew.
A Prison Of Lies: How Misinformation Became A Multi-Billion Dollar Industry And Broke Democracy (HuffPost)
In America in recent decades, an industry of information counterfeiters has sprung up, and it’s making a few, unprincipled people very rich, at the expense of everyone else. And at the expense of democracy.
How Democrats Lost Their Base — And How They Can Get It Back (Business Insider)
Alas, Democrat, the problem is not with “these people.” The problem is that you no longer understand a big chunk of what should be your political base. How could that happen? It’s a question of Ideas, Interests and Identity.
Does Your Backbone Organization Have Backbone? (Stanford Social Innovation Review)
Any enterprise needs an executive branch—people who are accountable and who can make the necessary decisions to deliver results. But the prospect of an executive backbone is scary for many nonprofits, not because they don’t want to make progress, but because of a big, structural problem with nonprofit collaboration: a systemically driven misalignment of interests.
When we talk about artificial intelligence, we often make an unexamined assumption: that intelligence, understood as rational thought, is the same thing as mind. We use metaphors like “the brain’s operating system” or “thinking machines,” without always noticing their implicit bias. But if what we are trying to build is artificial minds, we need only look at a map of the brain to see that in the domain we’re tackling, intelligence might be the smaller, easier part. Maybe that’s why we started with it.