Can Dinosaur Fossils Make Science More Accessible? | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian
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Can Dinosaur Fossils Make Science More Accessible?

Pretty much every dinosaur skeleton you see has been painstakingly excavated from rock by people with precision, skill, and creativity. What they don’t have are paleontology degrees, and what they don’t get is money or credit. In fact, fossil preparators are mostly enthusiastic volunteers who come from all different backgrounds and receive their training on the job. Their unsung work …

How Do We Begin Again? | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian
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How Do We Begin Again?

It feels like it’s time for something new. Facebook and Kanye just changed their names. More than half of Americans want to change jobs, and one-third want to switch careers. Businesses are reinventing the way they operate. And social movements are trying to create new systems that are anti-racist and sustainable. Isn’t all this easier said than done? Even after …

Is Meritocracy Worth Saving? | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian
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Is There Still Merit in a Merit-Based System?

Calls are growing for the dismantling of the meritocracy—educational systems and economic structures designed to elevate individuals based on merit. In practice, however, they often favor those with wealth or racial privilege. As elites turn against the very merit-based systems that elevated them, governments, corporations, schools, and other entities are extending old policies—like affirmative action—and embracing new initiatives for equity …

Is it Time to Throw Away Our Resumes? | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian
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Is it Time to Throw Away Our Resumes?

We are failing Americans without college degrees. Research shows that up to 30 million workers without four-year degrees are drastically underpaid, and have the skills to earn 70 percent more than what they’re currently making. What accounts for this failure of the labor market? One problem is that traditional resumes don’t show or verify the full range of a worker’s …

Will a New Generation of Leaders Shake Up L.A.’s Culture? | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian
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Will a New Generation of Leaders Shake Up L.A.’s Culture?

Over the past year, directors of cultural institutions across Los Angeles have announced their retirements, which means a new generation of cultural leadership is upon us. But despite a desire for change that seems nearly universal, new directors must still answer to many of the same funders and face the same pressures as their predecessors—to raise money or sell tickets, …

How Could Less Red Tape Make Societies More Equal? | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian
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How Could Less Red Tape Make Societies More Equal?

To merely open a bank account or secure a driver’s license, people around the world face one common barrier: paperwork. Americans, in fact, spend 11.4 billion hours a year on federal paperwork alone. Harvard legal scholar Cass R. Sunstein, former administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, has a name for this kind of drudgery: sludge. …