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Next Generation Blog: Matt James

Next Generation's Next Steps

Next Generation will continue on in 2016 and beyond as a nonprofit incubator, developing projects and programs that may have homes in other organizations or be time limited.

What's Next?

The great baseball player and sometimes philosopher Willie Stargell once said, “Life is one big transition.” That is certainly how we feel here at Next Generation.

Changes at Next Generation

As evidence mounts about the rapid effects of human-driven climate change and the need to invest in early learning and address family-friendly workplace policies and other core issues in order to support the next generation, it is clear that we as a country need to make major changes to alter the current paths we are on. This is why we are making changes at Next Generation.

No More Outdoor Hockey?

Growing up in the Midwest, hockey was my favorite winter pastime. I’ve been thinking a lot about the games I used to play as we prepare to release the second report from the Risky Business Project which predicts, among other things, that outdoor hockey could become a thing of the past for some Midwesterners.

2014: What a Year

When I look back on this year, I am blown away. Kate Gordon called it, “The year of climate action.” In many ways it’s also been a year for kids and families.

The power of gratitude

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. I’ll be taking the week off from NextGen News to spend some time with my family and to reflect on all there is to be grateful for. Top of mind this week is the extraordinary work done by our team and our partners on the issue of predictable scheduling.

Treats for the kids, but tricks for the climate?

Halloween is a special holiday for children – it’s one of the few times a year when the entire country actively encourages kids and adults to engage their creative sides, build outrageous/brilliant/hilarious costumes, place decorative gourds on our front porches, and eat too much candy.

Batting 1,000 for kids and the climate

A triple play is an uncommon event in the sport of baseball – a subject fresh on my mind thanks to our San Francisco Giants’ winning the NLCS pennant this week. Only 696 triple plays have ever occurred in the entire professional history of the sport. This week, however, our Too Small To Fail Initiative pulled off the rare act with three successful high profile events on two coasts.