An interview with Campbell’s former CEO

Doug Conant is no longer the CEO of one of America’s most iconic companies, Campbell’s, but he is still making his mark on the business world. More than three dozen people who have worked with him or attended his leadership courses have gone on to become CEOs themselves. What’s the lesson he has driven home to each of them? The importance of having purpose and … Continue reading An interview with Campbell’s former CEO

The problem with parking self-driving cars

We hear constantly that self-driving cars are on the verge of going mainstream, but there is a technical challenge that stands in the way: parking. It turns out that parking is one of the most complicated aspects of driving. Think of the last time you were in a parking lot: Each turn and maneuver likely required some negotiation with other drivers and pedestrians, which you … Continue reading The problem with parking self-driving cars

When hiring felons boosts the bottom line

Writing this piece about companies that are prioritizing what’s known as second-chance hiring was so rewarding. These business owners think it’s important to give people who have been incarcerated, suffered from mental illness or struggled with addiction a path back into the workforce. By making a commitment to them, they see benefits in terms of lower turnover and good PR. But for many of them, … Continue reading When hiring felons boosts the bottom line

Buybacks aim to protect people from climate change threats

In New Jersey, the lessons of Superstorm Sandy have not been lost. The state has launched a $300 million program, backed by federal funds, to purchase homes in flood-prone areas and level them to expand wetlands that can protect neighborhoods from rising sea levels and the growing frequency of extreme weather incidents. Such voluntary buyback programs are expanding in many states, amounting to a coastal … Continue reading Buybacks aim to protect people from climate change threats

New Jersey deals with its garbage problem

As any Sopranos fan knows, the trash industry is a complicated one in New Jersey. Mob connections aside, one of the challenges the industry faces is making room for a fledgling composting industry that is struggling under the costly and timely licensing processes the state has in place. I had a chance to relive my glory days as a policy reporter in an extensive piece … Continue reading New Jersey deals with its garbage problem

Facebook expands its role as news curator

Facebook rolled out a feature in beta on Friday that is significant for the news industry: a News tab that will be human-curated and use vetted publishers to fight misinformation (“fake news,” in today’s parlance) that spreads on its social network. Some publishers — such as News Corp, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times — will get paid by the social network … Continue reading Facebook expands its role as news curator

“Opportunity Zones,” but for whom?

In this piece, I took a deep dive into a bipartisan tax program that is just the sort of quintessential policymaking that Washington, DC, is so good at: The initiative gives wealthy individuals a break on capital gains taxes if they invest in development projects in low-income areas. On the surface, it seems like a win-win, a way to incentivize investment in less than desireable … Continue reading “Opportunity Zones,” but for whom?

The decline of the “dawat”

Busy parents have little time to cook for themselves, let alone host dinner parties. Most people prefer to meet friends out at restaurants, where everyone can order what they want, someone else does the cooking and cleaning, and everyone pays their own way. But restaurants are hardly kid friendly, and dinner parties can be an economical way of remaining connected with friends and family once … Continue reading The decline of the “dawat”