Thoughts on Purpose in Early Life

Here’s a piece I wrote for Big Questions Online called How Can We Encourage a Sense of Purpose and Meaning Early in Life?

Thoughts on Young People and Entrepreneurship

Here’s an article I wrote called “A Nation of Entrepreneurs?” based on my work with the Young Entrepreneurs Study (YES), a joint Stanford/Tufts research project on how entrepreneurial skills and goals develop in early adulthood. My co-P.I. on this project is Professor Richard Lerner of Tufts University, and one of the other project leaders is Professor Kendall Bronk of Claremont Graduate University.

Thoughts on New Directions in the Study of Moral Psychology

I’d like to share with you my article “Why We Can’t All Just Get Along,” published June 14, 2012, in Defining Ideas, a Hoover Institution Journal. It is a review of Jonathan Haidt’s book, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion.

Thoughts on the Role of Virtue in a Democratic Society

I’d like to share with you my article, “The Death of Honesty,” published January 12, 2012, in Defining Ideas, a Hoover Institution Journal, which explores how moral numbness brought on by a decline of honesty and a failure to cultivate virtue in citizens can be a threat to democracy.

Thoughts on Education for Entrepreneurship

I’d like to share with you my article, “The Education of Steve Jobs,” published September 16, 2011, in Defining Ideas, a Hoover Institution Journal, which explores questions about how to educate young people for entrepreneurship.

Radio Discussion on Keeping the “American Dream” Alive and Well

On 29 July 2011, I took part in a timely radio discussion hosted by Dr. Howard Gluss, a clinical psychologist and film and television expert from Los Angeles. I shared the hour with Melissa Febos, another author. The section of the broadcast focusing on my book Failing Liberty 101 is the second thirty minutes.

The discussion with Dr. Gluss was very thoughtful – his insights reminded me of the way people with whom I worked in the entertainment industry are so good at putting their fingers on the pulse of the public’s sensibilities.

Link to podcast

More Thoughts on Civic Purpose

I’d like to share with you my article, “American Amnesia,” published July 1, 2011,  in Defining Ideas, a Hoover Institution Journal, which explores our national crisis of young people failing civics.


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