Monday, January 16, 2017

Spotlight: The Equality of Opportunity Project

The Equality of Opportunity Project is a research by Profs. Chetty, Hendren, and Katz, whom by these studies make the case that living in good neighborhoods contributes to upward mobility later in life. The project uses big data to identify new pathways to upward mobility.
Below are non-technical summaries of Papers. Full details at
  • The Fading American Dream: Trends in Absolute Income Mobility Since 1940: PDF
  • The Effects of Neighborhoods on Intergenerational Mobility I and II: Childhood Exposure Effects and County-Level Estimates: PDF
  • Childhood Environment and Gender Gaps in Adulthood: PDF
  • The Effects of Exposure to Better Neighborhoods on Children: New Evidence from the Moving to Opportunity Experiment: PDF
  • Is the United States Still a Land of Opportunity? Recent Trends in Intergenerational Mobility: PDF
  • Where is the Land of Opportunity? The Geography of Intergenerational Mobility in the United States: PDF 

Challenge Up

Years ago, a writing peer from college suggested taking my personal views out when I wrote an article. Now that I think about it, I realize that means real work. Real journalism work - objective, grueling, meticulous, gradual, and in the end fully baked. Well, I blog, which for me serves the exact opposite of all those adjectives. Blogging for me is somewhere on a scale between safe and half-assed, where one slides into a leisurely comfort zone with little expectations or effort. No emphasis on hunting, discovery and refinement, just borderline lazy - and I'm havving too much 'fun' with this. As writer Ta-Nehisi Coates put it, "The baker can't simply live for the look of amazement on the faces of those who behold his latest creation. There has to be some joy in actually baking the cake." Discovery, Coates writes, should be a process, not simply an end goal.

Do I really need want to up my game? *Groans*

Discovering: Michael Harrington

Image: Dissent
Michael Harrington was the author of The Other America, and described by The Atlantic as "the most charismatic figure on the American left in the past half century."[1] Harrington, who died in 1989 at the age of 61[2], left an indelible mark making a case for democratic socialism and the culture of poverty in the US, with his widely acclaimed book famous for chronicling poverty in America in the 1950s, and his views on inequality, fairness and Wall Street.

1. Meyerson H., (2000, August) The (Still) Relevant Socialist, The Atlantic. Retrieved from

2. Mitgang H., (1989, August 2) 
Michael Harrington, Socialist and Author, Is Dead. New York Times. Retrieved from

Further Reading:
a. Dreier P., (2012, March 25) Poverty in America 50 years after Michael Harrington's The Other America, Huffington Post (updated 2012, May 25). Retrieved from

b. (2012, 
January 5) Public Views of Inequality, Fairness and Wall Street, Pew Research Center. Retrieved from 

c. Ideal types of the 'culture of poverty' and its implicit alternative, a Stanford University online publication. Retrieved from

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Weekend Warrior

Inspiration is not enough.
Inspiration in itself is great and necessary, but not complete without strategy.
Knowledge in itself is good, but not enough until it's practised.
Until there's results.

Friday, January 13, 2017


Only a month ago were we just talking about the homelessness surge being at an all time high in New York City, and some of the causes and effects of gentrification.

Here's a perspective fresh off the press: from The Guardian today, an account on homelessness in the UK.

1. Neumandec, W. (2016, December 7) Confronting Surge in Homelessness, New York City Expands Use of Hotels, New York Times. Retrieved from

2. Perry, F., Guardian readers (2017, January 13) Homeless in Britain: ‘I graduated with honours – and ended up on the streets’, Guardian. Retrieved from

Health Check Friday

"Above all else, guard your affections. For they influence everything else in your life." Living Bible (TLB) Pr 4:23

Care for yourself.

Take care of yourself,
Happy Weekend.

Spread the Tech

"It’s important for techies to go where there’s tons of us, and advance that space. Or to go where there’s so few or none of us doing amazing work - and contribute our skills."*

I am “lucky” and I want to be part of making people lucky - improving their chances of succeeding. I'm in the right place to discover new places … and it means we can improve our odds of being 'lucky' sometimes. For ourselves. For others. Lucky them.

Spread your light.
Strength in numbers, or strength in single flame - shine in the dark.
What’s a sundial without a shadow?

I heard Megan Smith, US Chief Technology Officer say this two Grace Hopper Conferences ago, and never forgot it.