American Ingenuity Begins in the Mitten: A Look at Forward-Thinking Initiatives for a Greener Economy and a Greener Future

American Ingenuity Begins in the Mitten: A Look at Forward-Thinking Initiatives for a Greener Economy and a Greener Future

Monica Plawecki, SMSBF Staff Writer As the end of 2020 quickly approaches, many of us are looking forward to the New Year and the potential for a “fresh start,” politically speaking. With a COVID-19 vaccine on the horizon, a new Presidential administration assuming office–and with it, an expected shift toward more progressive, socially just, and …

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We Can Handle the Truth, And We Must: Restoring Transparency and Trust in Our Democracy

We Can Handle the Truth, And We Must: Restoring Transparency and Trust in Our Democracy

By: Monica Plawecki, SMSBF Staff Writer With the outcome of the 2020 presidential election now decided, many of us have been able to breathe a temporary sigh of relief in an otherwise tense time in our nation’s history. Yet even as voters have chosen a new President to lead our country through the ongoing pandemic, …

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More Ballots, Fewer Boardrooms: How Democratized Workplaces Strengthen Democracy at Large

More Ballots, Fewer Boardrooms: How Democratized Workplaces Strengthen Democracy at Large

By: Monica Plawecki, SMSBF Staff Writer With just two weeks remaining until the 2020 Election, we’re being reminded to vote with more urgency than ever. In an election as pivotal as the one that lies before us, in a year as unprecedented as 2020, it’s no wonder that we’re being encouraged to do our civic …

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Mediating Structure

Mediating Structure

by: A.C. Nomen, Staff Writer Considering what will happen twenty days from now, it’s likely the age-old tradition of gathering together for holiday celebrations will be one of the most difficult. Engaging in conversations with family members, some of whom harbor ideas that don’t necessarily jive with our own, are difficult under “normal” circumstances, let …

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Democratizing the Workplace

Democratizing the Workplace

Essay by: Eileen Gao, Student Intern, Cornell University Democratizing education, democratizing data, democratizing work—all these phrases apply democracy to areas beyond government to mean increasing access in order to increase equality. The phrase “democratizing work” caught my eye in particular. The COVID-19 pandemic has had particularly devastating effects on work as millions of Americans lost …

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