Americans have two very separate views of socialism. We need to learn to talk constructively about both of them.
Times are tough because of the coronavirus pandemic. Many people are unemployed but in need of help. They are long on time, skills, and experience, but short on cash. Could we fashion a social answer to this tough nut? Time banking facilitates donating your time to others and receiving assistance you need in return.
The spread of infectious diseases in the era of globalization means that public health is a global shared resource. A brand-new, infectious disease with no known cure or vaccine—call it Disease X—puts us all at risk. Unfortunately, designing new vaccines for unknown viruses isn’t enough to motivate the private sector to invest the time and...Continue reading
During the coronavirus pandemic, public officials have promoted social distancing and strongly encouraged us to stay home. But aside from promoting this behavior through traditional and social media, what else could these officials have done to increase the likelihood of compliance? Distributing coronavirus supplies could also help, and South Korea has been held up as...Continue reading
In promotion, vocabulary makes a difference. In the US, promotion has been our best tool in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in the absence of widespread testing and available treatments. But the muddled message and vocabulary between politicians, scientists, and the healthcare community has led to a fractured public health effort.
This blog is all about marketing social goods, including public health. The United States, and the rest of the world, are in the middle of a public health crisis with the coronavirus pandemic. Although, as I write this, the pandemic will last at least several more weeks, there are some coronavirus marketing lessons we can...Continue reading
We are social creatures, down to our genes. We live together because it’s an advantage for us, individually and collectively.
The United States is entering a major election year. You’re going to hear a lot of debate about public spending on health care costs and social services.
In Silicon Valley, companies discuss and worry about their “technical debt.” That’s the friction caused by the accumulation of bad design choices, expedient compromises, avoided decisions, and postponed work.
Iceland used to have the worst teenagers in Europe: smoking, drinking, getting high, staying out late. What’s a country to do?