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Trust, Authority, and Institutions: A Way Forward (Part I)

If there is a silver lining to the deep political divisions affecting our country and much of the world, it’s that many of us are doing more serious political reflection, and engagement, than we have in the past. And we can do it with the help of advances in our scientific knowledge. Recently, I...
For whom are we responsible? Our answers drive our politics. Let's listen to each other.

What do we need? Big Questions! When do we need them? Now!

Here’s how divided we are: It isn’t just a question of alternative facts. It feels like we don’t even have questions we share anymore. Listen to two women quoted in an article by Sabrina Tavernese in the New York Times this week.

Empathy and Advocacy

Like many other Americans, I went to bed early on the morning of November 9, shocked at an election outcome virtually no one had predicted. I knew I would have a hard time falling asleep, even at 1 a.m., so I turned on the light to read. The night before I had finished volume two of Taylor Branch’s...

How to Build a Better Debate

Over a staff lunch on Tuesday, Team ABQ was debriefing the presidential debate when our Director of Assessment, Pablo Rangel, told us, “I actually started taking notes. I wrote down all the questions, their responses, and the questions I thought they could have asked.” Pablo confessed he did this...