First Idea to Focus on Project Management and Collaborations for academic and cultural organizations, NGOs, and public/private partnerships. For over fifteen years, I have directed big, ambitious, national projects and policy studies. The future of the humanities. The future of democracy. The future of higher education. The future of language education. The future of civil … Continue reading A Shift in Emphasis for First Idea
Unprecedented Collaboration to Document Language Access During the past two years, as the nation has faced both a global pandemic and an increase in domestic unrest, the need to communicate in all of America’s languages—all the languages spoken across the country—has become even more apparent. Language access has become a central challenge to the equitable … Continue reading America’s Languages Working Group Launches New Online Resource
Important piece in Ed Tech on the future of higher ed in the wake of the pandemic. Dr. Melik Peter Khoury, President of Unity College, explains why Unity thrives at a time when so many small colleges are closing or merging.
John Tessitore was honored to sit down with linguist Emily Rae Sabo and her team to discuss the relationship between language access and civil justice. It can be very difficult for English-speakers to navigate legal matters related to family, housing, health care, veterans affairs, debt, employment... It's nearly impossible for people who do not speak … Continue reading Coming soon: We Are What We Speak
Last week, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences released the third and final publication in the first phase of its work on civil justice, Measuring Civil Justice for All: What Do We Know? What Do We Need to Know? How Can We Know It? First Idea was involved in every aspect of the project, … Continue reading The Importance of Data
First Idea was proud to work with filmmaker John Moody to create this terrific introduction to the American Academy report, Civil Justice for All, narrated by actor Lamorne Morris. https://youtu.be/n1K1FmS9GP4
Partnership of Historic Bostons announces its 2019 Boston Charter Day event schedule [Boston, MA, August 26, 2019] What was everyday life like for Boston’s first immigrants? How did they shop for goods, raise their kids, practice their religions? The Partnership of Historic Bostons will host a series of events and lectures this fall examining the … Continue reading To Celebrate Boston’s Founding, A Look at Its Early Institutions
Important blog from Scientific American. Harvard physicist Avi Loeb connects the future of technological innovation to the lessons of the humanities, citing the report of the American Academy's Commission on on the Humanities and Social Sciences, The Heart of the Matter.
Although public research universities educate 3.8 million students annually and initiate the fundamental research that drives scientific and technological discovery, state governments have cut their funding to these institutions by at least 34% on average. Since the universities are able to raise tuition and cut programming (however, inadvisable that may be) state houses have treated … Continue reading Reaching State Governments
The New York Times has interviewed Rebecca Sandefur, co-editor of the Winter 2019 issue of Daedalus on Access to Justice. Professor Sandefur challenges the legal profession to think creatively about how to provide more legal services to more people in need. The entire volume is available for free online here.