Making the Brain Less Racist

by Olga Khazan

Is there any way to improve race relations? Re-watching the 1993 film The Joy Luck Club might help a bit. In one study, white people who watched the movie while empathizing with its characters—all strong, complex Asian-American women—were less likely to be biased against a group labeled “them” in a ... Read & React

When Solid Data Isn’t Enough

by John Kamensky Senior Fellow, IBM Center for the Business of Government

I’ll never forget an incident early in my career, working in the Texas legislature, when a pair of academics testified about their statistical analysis for improving the funding distribution for school bus grants to school districts across the state. They used regression analyses to demonstrate a ... Read & React

Infographic: The 8 Types of Toxic Managers

by Ross Gianfortune Engagement Editor

Everyone has a bad manager story. Even if you haven't experienced a lousy boss yourself, you surely know someone who has.  Toxic managers come in many varieties. Some are allergic to the truth. Some want to micromanage every aspect of every project. Some are dinosaurs afraid to try new things (or ... Read & React

There’s an App to Treat Insomnia That Seems to Actually Work

by Akshat Rathi

As you go to bed, imagine being told in a gentle, soothing Scottish accent just what you need to do to improve your sleep. It’s nice even for those, like me, who don’t have sleep problems. That’s the promise of Sleepio, an app that provides personalized therapy to fix your sleep problems. More ... Read & React

The Government Buys $2 Trillion Worth of Stuff Every Year. Here Are 5 Ways To Do It Better

Every year, thousands of professionals at all levels of government in the United States execute contracts to buy $2 trillion in public goods and services, ranging from fighter jets to professional services to office supplies. Their work is crucial, yet too often we learn that the public procurement ... Read & React

What Lawmakers Hope You Haven’t Noticed

by Debra D'Agostino

In early July, the House passed the Government Reform and Improvement Act, H.R. 4361, which was supposed to be a short bill on information technology modernization. Instead, lawmakers packed it with major changes to the civil service system, all in the spirit of chipping away at federal employees’ ... Read & React

Avoiding the Sickening Effects of Stress

by Olga Khazan

It’s well known that stress makes people sick, and extreme trauma makes them even sicker. But a new study suggests that not everyone who endures adversity is doomed to chronic illness. There might be a way to prevent the body from attacking itself in the wake of trauma. For the study, published ... Read & React

The Bipartisan Forces that Could Stifle Government Innovation

by Stan Soloway President/CEO, Celero Strategies, LLC

In his excellent book, Delivering on Digital (Rosetta Books, 2016), William Eggers presents a compelling case for the many ways in which the government’s ability—and willingness—to embrace the digital age that dominates the broader economy can dramatically improve government service and ... Read & React

The Secret to Productivity Isn't Working Faster—It's Doing Things in the Right Order

It’s not easy getting work done in outer space. Astronauts have to rotate between dozens of complex projects vying for their attention. If they mess up, an experiment years in the making could be ruined. Worse, people could die. “The time spent in space is precious and the work you do is critical,” ... Read & React

Striving for Excellence in Federal Management

by David Chu and G. Edward DeSeve

In less than four months, the Presidential campaigns will end and speculation will immediately focus on who will staff the new Administration. But management issues?  They’re unlikely to get much attention. That is, until they bite, as every Administration discovers, to its distress. To amend a ... Read & React

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