With another year gone, here’s my best and favorite pieces of my own, published over the last year in 2015:
Teach Your Members And Staff Leadership By Showing Them The World, Associations Now
Published shortly after the New Year, I wrote this leadership-oriented piece on my trip to Nepal and how associations can utilize such opportunities for their members.
Here’s Hard Proof This December’s Weather Has Been Truly, Truly Bizarre, Kicker
I let my weather nerd out to cover how temps in the North Pole went above freezing all because of a strong El Niño (and maybe climate change).
It’s Official: Ben Carson Is Sarah Palin, Kicker
We took a look at how eerily similar the current GOP presidential candidate is to a past GOP vice presidential candidate.
Six Reasons Why Beautiful Puerto Rico Is A Living Hell Right Now, Kicker
Puerto Rico is one huge underreported story where the country was (and still is somewhat) struggling with debt, drought, water and doctor shortages, unemployment and poverty.
Fighting Homelessness: Libraries On The Front Lines. Associations Now
Did a little reporting to dive into how libraries are an unrecognized space and resource for combating homelessness in America.
ON GLOBAL BUSINESS AND INTERNET
North America loves its meetings; the “new” association is global and accessible; the Internet has a huge economic impact; new wireless spectrum has been slow to reach customers, study finds; global tea industry grows; international diamond producers form an association; e-books aren’t killing physical books and booksellers hold up strong.
ON GLOBAL TERRORISM AND POLITICS
Afghanistan’s Kunduz and Syria’s Homs show how difficult the War on Terror is; here are the brutal tactics of the Islamic State; weakening encryption isn’t the answer, a tech group says; the historic Iran Deal in plain English; ten questions about the refugee crisis you were too embarrassed to ask; who and why droves of people are leaving their homes.
ON PROTEST AND MORE POLITICS
Why Ferguson went through a second round of intense protest; a generation sick of college debt took to the streets one day; wage inequality highlighted in a web campaign; the gun control debate following a summer of gun violence; and of course that time when Clinton hit Chipotle.
Thank you all and here’s to another year of writing in 2016!