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Culture & Society: Reaching beyond politics and policy, into the art and community that shape us, is important for both understanding and changing the social landscape. Engaging with the themes and assumptions embedded in art and popular culture is a key component of succeeding in the marketplace of ideas. Discussing civil society and social entrepreneurs is essential to the motivation of the next generation. Whether it’s highlighting the work of a community organization improving lives locally or commenting on the values and message of society’s storytellers, we seek to emphasize the importance of the space between the individual and the state and the inherent dignity of every person.
Economy & Jobs: An economy based on mutually beneficial exchange is the cornerstone of our modern world. Creating an environment in which individuals are able to use their talents, interests, and skills to create value for others is essential to ensuring a truly inclusive economy that recognizes the full dignity and worth of the human person. Catalyst explores how these ideas function in our current culture and highlights ideas to improve the status quo.
Education: Without question, learning about the world and developing one's potential is the key to success in our modern world. But the current cookie-cutter approach to education ignores the different strengths, needs, and goals of today's students. Only by challenging the status quo and rethinking the rigidity of traditional educational pathways will today's students have the opportunity to achieve their true potential. By focusing on the needs and capabilities of individuals, Catalyst explores how education is being adapted to fit our modern age.
Environment: As the next generation takes up challenge of stewarding our environment, it is important to prioritize results over intentions. Creativity and innovation have radically improved our living standards; they can be harnessed to improve and protect our environment as well. Applying the same principles that have led to our historic material prosperity, such as the cooperation enabled by mutually-beneficial market exchanges, can also help sustain and preserve our environment for generations to come. By allowing more local and private control over the management of the resources in their own backyard and expanding property rights that encourage good stewardship and cooperation, we can build a culture that welcomes environmental entrepreneurship and is well-equipped to handle the challenges of conserving what matters most.
Healthcare: Overpriced and underperforming, it's no secret that America's healthcare system is in desperate need of an overhaul. However, new advances in medical and information technology are revolutionizing the way consumers search for and receive healthcare. Rather than continuing to rely on mandates and restrictions, introducing choice and flexibility will ensure that the needs of individuals are met. Catalyst explores these transformational developments and outlines ways in which to best serve individuals and families by restoring their decision-making power and increasing their options.
Housing: Moving to take advantage of new and better opportunities has always been part of the American pioneer spirit. Today, however, far too many people find themselves stuck in place and less able to fully pursue their aspirations. Even as technology makes the production of new homes cheaper and faster, public policy choices have made housing ever more expensive and unavailable. Catalyst explores how policies can be changed and technology leveraged to ensure that housing is affordable and responsive to the needs of the next generation of Americans seeking opportunity.
Privacy: The right to privacy is an essential component of liberty whose legal tradition can be traced back centuries. In today's digital and interconnected world, the platforms and context in which we exercise our right to privacy has certainly changed, but its significance has not. Catalyst highlights threats to the privacy of individuals and offers creative solutions to ensure that no person is forced to have private information made public.
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Adversity Scores Set Students Up to Fail

Instead of focusing on increasing diversity in education, we should be focusing on preparing our diverse students to achieve success themselves.

Kristiana Bolzman | May 23, 2019
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Before Spending More on Vocational Training, Let’s Ensure It Meets Market Needs

To provide a real alternative to higher education, states and schools offering vocational programs should align vocational education with market needs.

Kristiana Bolzman | May 20, 2019
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Comparative Economic Systems

Now, three decades after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, it may be time to bring back courses in Comparative Economic Systems.

Randall G. Holcombe | May 11, 2019
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Senator Warren’s Student Debt Plan
The Worst Higher Education Proposal Ever Made

It is mind-boggling in the potential harm it would pose to our nation.

Richard Vedder | May 8, 2019
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Let Kids Be Kids Again
Their Future Depends on It

Ensuring that kids have the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to handle uncertainty starts early.

Ben Wilterdink | May 4, 2019
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The Importance of Design Thinking

The world is not made for ideas, be they brilliant technologies or efficient policies, but rather people. Understanding people must come first.

Ryan Khurana | April 30, 2019
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Kim Kardashian Proves You Don’t Need Grad School

Kim Kardashian West has announced that she is becoming a lawyer without going to law school—and she’s really on to something.

Kristiana Bolzman | April 25, 2019
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First Generation Universities, the New CCNY
Florida International

The school’s mission is to provide access to large numbers, giving educational opportunities opening the door to occupational opportunities.

Richard Vedder | April 20, 2019
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STEM Is Not All That Matters

A holistic focus is essential to delivering sustainable economic growth.

Ryan Khurana | April 12, 2019