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Allison Raaum
Brooklyn, NY
Policy grad student at NYU Wagner trying blogging out for the first time! Yes, I'm slow to the game.
Interests: finding solutions to [policy] problems, lover of equality, efficiency and effectiveness, open government, conflict resolution, communications, media, journalism, leadership, music, art, dogs, film, good food, running, yoga, swimming, interested in having more hours in the day
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My Gov 3.0 course with Beth Noveck at NYU is rocking my world. First of all, I’m blogging. And tweeting. I don’t yet own a smartphone, but I might soon. Anti-tech girl is dipping her toes into the other realm and is intrigued by what she sees. I still have... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2013 at Policy and Power
This story blows me away. I need to do some research about why it took Mr. Dewey and his attorney 18 years to use DNA evidence to reverse his wrongful conviction. In the meantime, if you haven't already done so, check out this article in the Times. In 1994 Mr... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2013 at Policy and Power
I joined Bill and Chelsea for a quick chat at BAM on Monday night to hear their thoughts on the future of international aid, development and fundraising primarily within the context of the Clinton Foundation. Edward Norton moderated the discussion. I learned quite a bit during our little convo. Firstly,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2013 at Policy and Power
Thank you James! ;)
Toggle Commented Feb 28, 2013 on Digital Democracy in action at Policy and Power
Yesterday I had the pleasure of interviewing Emily Jacobi, co- founder and executive director of Digital Democracy, a non-profit organization working to empower marginalized communities to use technology to fight for their human rights. I hope that you will check out my interview with her on the link below, but... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2013 at Policy and Power
Thank you for the suggestion Thrae! I will definitely look into it.
Thanks for your great reflections, Adriana! I just took a course in negotiation and it really opened my eyes to this conundrum. It was nice to be able to acknowledge it as a common issue for women, in what what was a room of both men and women-and the teacher was male. As uncomfortable as it may be, we have to market ourselves the same way we advocate for our families, our jobs, our loved ones, the things we care most about. We must believe in ourselves; believe we ARE worth it, before we can sit down to the heavier task of requesting or demanding more. It's an interesting time to be a woman. Lots of things are changing, and other things don't feel like they're changing fast enough!
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Gentrification is a contentious process with some big winners and some big losers. We know a lot about the typical winners—developers, high-income home owners, restaurateurs, and the proverbial hipsters—but we have incomplete information about the losers. Census Bureau data demonstrate that displacement is a reality for low-income minorities with low... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2013 at Policy and Power
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A wonderful Op-Ed in the New York Times from Stephanie Coontz about just how well we're doing in terms of gender equality in the post-feminist era. The U.S. has a long way to go to realize sustained gender equality. Coontz maintains that it has more to do with workplace constraints... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2013 at Policy and Power
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Economists seem to think so. Studies conducted over the past 20 years have demonstrated a positive correlation between inequality and immobility. And as the studies have grown more sophisticated over the years, the correlation seems to be growing stronger. This most recent study blogged about in the Economist demonstrates that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2013 at Policy and Power
The Russian Federation has laid out several ambitious goals for their venture into open government over the next two years. They should be applauded for making strides in adopting the ideology of open government and for taking steps to join the Open Government Partnership. Russia’s open government priorities are as... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2013 at Policy and Power
Feb 13, 2013
Welcome to my blog! I will attempt to bring insightful information about key policy issues of interest, to me, and hopefully to you. I'm interested in taking a look at how policy affects power, and of course how power affects policy. How is policy formed? Why do we care? How... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2013 at Policy and Power
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