Investing in Our Human Infrastructure: The Real Wealth of Our Nation Is Its People

Over half a million people lost their jobs last month. There's no question we need a job-creation plan. The real question is what kind of plan will most quickly stimulate the economy and at the same time provide the best long-term investment for our nation.

Let's urge President Obama and Congress to use the American Recovery and Reinvestment Job-Creation Plan to massively invest in our human infrastructure: that is, in human capacity development. ... Full Story »

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Kristin Gorski
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by Kristin Gorski - Feb. 5, 2009

Clearly written and original. To make this a truly compelling opinion piece, the writer needs to link to studies or sources which support her claims. While the author herself is an expert in this field, including other sources would make this more informative and complete.

I agree. We need much more investment in "human capital".

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Dale Penn
4.4
by Dale Penn - Feb. 5, 2009

An indictment of sorts, this opinion piece suggests that economic models used to evaluate where stimulus money should go shortchanges the importance of developing our human infrastructure at a time when we are moving from an industry based economy to an information/knowledge based economy. The author provides thought-provoking solutions based in re-educating and training our population to care for one another and the world.

This is a very forward thinking piece that closely matches what many of my less progressively minded friends would call utopian thinking. I find these to be very practical recommendations.

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