The Identity Beacon Blog

(What) Do you believe?

I'm not grumpy. I'm distressed. I believe in hope, cheer and gratitude as much as the next guy, but I'm finding it tougher to "get there" this year. Why? Because there is so much injustice in the world today, which seems to me to be unrelenting...

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Count your lucky STARZ

Starbucks just announced it will provide a free online college education to thousands of its workers, without requiring that they remain with the company, through an unusual arrangement with Arizona State University. The offer is being extended to the 135,000 U.S. employees. That's a lot...

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What do you believe?

Welcome to the believing season, otherwise, known as "the Holidays." It's a time of year when we give ourselves permission to believe in, and be grateful for many things in our lives -- a close family, dear friends, snow-driven evenings; whatever aspects of our lives...

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Rouhani’s identity imperative

"We must also pay attention to the issue of identity as a key driver of tension in, and beyond, the Middle East. At their core, the vicious battles in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria are over the nature of those countries’ identities and their consequent roles in...

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The crisis crisis

Reading about Rutgers University's ongoing athletic department scandal, leads me to conclude that we're into a protracted crisis season, a time when crises are showing up all over the place. The list is long. Here (along with Rutgers) are a few of my recent favorites. The...

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The peace in Bill Marriott’s eyes

This time of year it's hard not to think about peace. We're in the season of "peace on earth, good will toward men." We sing about it, ponder it, imagine it, pray for it. But we don't have it. I believe that before we can have...

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What exactly is the ethnic vote?

I just heard a commentator - it is now 7:30 pm EST, Tuesday, election day - say that it's important to assess the "Asian-American" vote as a harbinger of the election. What the heck is that and how do you calculate it? If Suzie Chow,...

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Obama’s handicap

Like you, I watched the debate last night. And, perhaps, like you, I think Romney beat Obama. Hands down. "No debate!" I'm not necessarily a Romney fan. But here's what I think is going on: Romney has the great, good fortune of not having to defend...

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I am who I say I am! (Maybe not)

Everyone has a view on the pluses and minuses of social media. So do I!

Most people love social media for its power to connect them anytime, anywhere and with anyone. On the other hand, many folks are suspect of social media because of what some call the Connection Paradox: We’re able to reach out to whomever, whenever, but, as many pundits point out, we’ve never been more isolated or, in fact, lonelier.