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Measure of America Releases New Research

Measure of America

Halve the Gap by 2030: Youth Disconnection in America’s Cities

In Halve the Gap by 2030, Measure of America revisits the epidemic of youth disconnection revealed by its influential One in Seven report of last year, updating previous findings with the latest numbers by metro area, race and ethnicity, and gender. To better map the landscape of youth disconnection, this new study also presents the data by neighborhood cluster for each of the twenty-five most populous US metro areas, exposing extreme gaps within cities and between groups. It also offers a set of concrete recommendations to halve the gaps between the most- and least-connected neighborhoods and between racial groups by 2030 through collective action, a system of accountability, and the implementation of a mix of critical programs, including job training, youth engagement, and education initiatives. The initial response to Halve the Gap includes a New York Times op-ed by Charles Blow and analysis by Richard Florida.

2013 Opportunity Index: How Opportunity Measures Up in Your Community

Developed by Measure of America and Opportunity Nation, the Opportunity Index gives an annual snapshot of the economic, educational, and civic opportunities that are available to Americans at the state and county levels. This unique interactive tool goes beyond the limited measures of economic strength and security most commonly discussed—such as the Dow Jones Industrial Average, GDP, and unemployment—to provide communities with the comprehensive information they need to understand the progress they can make to boost economic and social mobility. Annual rankings for all the states and more than three thousand counties help policymakers identify areas for improvement and gauge progress over time. The latest issue of the Washington Monthly features the recently released 2013 Index in a cover package of stories produced in partnership with MOA and Opportunity Nation: “Where Is Opportunity in America?” The Atlantic Cities has also reported on the 2013 Index.

In Council News

New from NYU Press and the SSRC, 22 Ideas to Fix the World offers analyses of potential solutions to contemporary crises through interviews with leading global thinkers, including former SSRC president Craig Calhoun. Read a review at Forbes.

Program director Seteney Shami was featured in a Boston Globe article on the founding of the Arab Council for the Social Sciences: “A New Brain Trust for the Middle East.”

Watch an interview with Mellon Mays Graduate Initiatives program director Cally Waite, profiled in the Mini Moments with Big Thinkers series from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Leon Sigal, director of the Northeast Asia Cooperative Security Project, briefed the press following a meeting in London of senior North Korean officials and US experts on Korean affairs, as reported by South Korean newspaper the Hankyoreh.

Drugs, Security and Democracy fellow Jaime Amparo Alves (2013) published an article in Antipode: “From Necropolis to Blackpolis: Necropolitical Governance and Black Spatial Praxis in São Paulo, Brazil.”

A discussion spurred by a New Directions in the Study of Prayer meeting continued at Religion Dispatches magazine: "Who Says It's Wrong to Mix Swears and Prayers?"

From Our Forums

African Futures features a timely piece from former program director Alex de Waal, “Making Sense of the Protests in Khartoum,” that compares the September protests with earlier Sudanese uprisings. Journalist and scholar Ernest Harsch looks at the political implications of protests taking place across the continent in “Social Protest, an African Perennial.”

Kujenga Amani opens Radar, a new feature section on breaking events, with an article by African Peacebuilding Network advisory board member Awino Okesh: “On The Westgate Mall Siege: Reassessing Kenya’s Security Architecture.” The essay series on Ghana’s elections continues with “The Consolidation of Democracy in Ghana,” by Evans Aggrey-Darkoh.

At Reverberations, Marilyn McCord Adams writes on spiritual development in “Praying Angry and Surviving Abuse,” a response to Robert Orsi's earlier piece “Praying Angry.” New Directions in the Study of Prayer grantee Ruth Marshall (2012) reflects on her interdisciplinary conversations in “Prayer and the Neuroscientific Real.”

The State of Religion in China, a new series at The Immanent Frame, offers a growing collection of essays by eminent scholars, such as Richard Madsen and Anna Sun, as highlighted by a story at the Dish. For historical context, read “What Is Religion in China? A Brief History,” by Wei Zhu, editorial/program assistant for the Program on Religion in the Public Sphere.

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