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  • This Harvard Business Review article is a good and too rare example of someone willing to ask hard questions about our inability to make diversity work by analyzing companies' diversity policies and their efficacy. -- What do diversity policies do? --
  • The International New York Times shares a startling story of how Europe’s side of the Volkswagen diesel scandal affects climate change efforts. -- The Dirty Truth About Clean Diesel --
  • The Denver Post shares a provocative argument that the “too much information” factor is destabilizing the world’s democracies with information overload. -- The TMI Factor --
  • The New York Times writes about cultivating serendipity, providing an interesting strategy for promoting needed outside-the-box thinking. -- Cultivating Serendipity --
  • The Washingont Post's list of absurdities the right sees in the left counterbalances the absurdities the left sees in the right. -- The Absurdities of 2015 --
  • Brookings shares another informative exploration of the ongoing economic changes, in capital markets and job creation, with huge implications for have/have-not conflicts. -- Capital Markets and Jobs --
  • Scientific American gives advice peace builders should follow: the key to successful innovation is a willingness to try lots and lots of ideas. -- The Numbers Game of Creativity --
  • The Atlantic explains that in dealing with the underlying inequality in have/have-not conflicts, there are reasons for both hope and despair. -- The Growth of Inequality --
  • The New York Times shares a provocative essay on the conflict implications of the “cultures of complaint and victimhood.” -- The Victims of Victimhood --
  • The International New York Times shares the surprising role of power couples and “assortative mating" on the complexity of have/have-not conflicts. -- Power Couples and Inequality --
  • As the New York Times explains, “Political correctness” is now a flashpoint on both the right and the left, suggesting it could be time for some serious rethinking. -- Political Correctness --
  • Quartz shows a great example of how statistical charts can mislead and how to fix them, focusing on prominent examples from the past year. -- Fixing Misleading Charts --
  • Pew Research Center shares some really informative charts of the past year that highlight key aspects of many of today’s big conflicts. -- Findings on Conflict --
  • The International New York Times writes on how good intentions do not necessarily make things better, explainging the disturbing case of gay rights efforts in Africa. -- Harmful Good Intentions --
  • Pew Research's great animated graphic charts changes in the income distribution, showing clearly worsening inequality. -- Charting Inequality --
  • The Washington Post shares a thoughtful conservative essay on a big conflict in the higher education–-something worth considering. -- Divisions in Higher Education --
  • Vox asks if Americans are losing faith in democracy, sharing disturbing trends that must be addressed. -- Losing Faith in Democracy --
  • Thomas Edsall in the New York Times provides an excellent analysis of the ongoing conflict for control of the Republican Party, examining who has control over what. -- Conflict in the Republican Party --
  • Vox shares 33 great maps, providing useful insights into the history and current status of the terrorism problem. -- Maps to Explain Terrorism --
  • Robert Reich asks: Why aren’t more constructive leaders seriously addressing the anxieties that underlie Trump’s appeal? -- Anxieties to Address --
  • As Quora explains, negotiation tactics matter, and one critical strategy played a crucial role in the Paris climate talks. -- Finding Climate Consensus --
  • This provocative essay from the Denver Post explores the relationship between the search for safety and the tradition of risk-taking, applying it to the current political climate. -- Safety and Risk --
  • The New York Times shares a new concept, “hate search,” and the new window it provides into the way societies think when we can see what people put into search engines. -- Hate Searches --
  • The New York Times shares PolitiFact’s tabulation of the truthfulness of 17 political leaders, measuring the percentage of statements that are true, partially true, or false. -- Politician's Truthfulness --
  • Slate reviews two new books, suggesting different ways to think about the environment from both the right and the left. -- Re-framing the Environment --

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