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Nov 16, 2022

The term “cancel culture” is a buzzword these days. Nevertheless, it deserves thoughtful analysis.

Nowhere is cancel culture more apparent than on college and university campuses. According to a 2021 survey, more than 80% of American college students reported censoring themselves at least some of the time.

This...


May 10, 2022

Change is hard.

In 1973, Oregon Governor Tom McCall created a pioneering land use policy focused on preserving farmland, reducing pollution and preventing urban sprawl. At the time, it was a visionary move that took bold political leadership.

But what seemed visionary 50 years ago has played a pivotal role in creating...


Oct 3, 2021

Advocacy and political activism have become part of the social media ecosystem. Pew Research data shows roughly 76% of Americans say that social media makes people think they are making a difference when they really aren’t. 

Yet more of us are turning to social media as a primary way to engage with social and...


Apr 21, 2021

2020 was a tough year. And a global pandemic, a shuttered economy, and the social justice movement made it a uniquely tough election year for opinion pollsters.

Election night seemed like a repeat of 2016. The polls simply got it wrong. Again.

The predictions of a “blue wave” never materialized. Pollsters had to...


Feb 23, 2021

We are often told society today is more divided than ever. But what is driving this division?

 

A number of factors are fueling this narrative of “us versus them” in our communities. Ideology, race, gender, class, and geography have come to define who we listen to – and who we distrust.

 

Add in an increasingly...