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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.

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One Week at Next Generation

We had a remarkable week at our “Little Nonprofit That Can” – one that would be remarkable for any nonprofit, but was all the more amazing to me, having spent about a quarter of a century in the field, for an organization that is less than four years old.

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No more business as usual

Last week, I watched Kate Gordon speak at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s Energy and Sustainability Conference. I always enjoy watching Kate present, because she is always entertaining, substantive, and provocative. The subject was our upcoming Risky Business Project ...

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One for the fathers

Father’s day is this weekend. And my wish this year probably isn’t that different from the millions of other American dads. Most of us, I’m sure, just want fair and equitable opportunities for our kids and a decent world for them to grow up in.

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Just the facts, please

Distraction, spin, and information overload – these are just a few of the problems we face when we attempt to sort out the right information we need for our kids and our climate.

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If You Don't Like the News, Change it.

Good news everyone! Well, kind of … Kate Gordon, Vice President and Director of Energy and Climate, actually reported on some pretty terrible news in this week’s California Energy and Climate News. In a recent Gallup poll only 24 percent of Americans worry more about climate change than say, the economy, unemployment, or crime. As Kate artfully points out, however ...

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Man Bites Dog

"When a dog bites a man, that is not news … but if a man bites a dog that is news.” That saying has been attributed to multiple newspapermen – and for the most part is true. Two “Man Bites Dog” stories jumped out at me recently, one which has gotten lots of play, one that deserves to get more.

Press Release

“Risky Business” Engages U.S. Utility Officials on Risks of Climate Change

Next Generation Vice President and Risky Business Executive Director Kate Gordon today prodded an assembly of utility managers to consider the risks of climate change in their long-range planning, during a panel discussion on climate risks at the annual Winter Committee Meetings of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC).

The fruits of our labor

There are moments, in building anything, when it can be difficult to see the final product. They are common moments in any large undertaking, and surely there have been a few at Next Generation over the past months as we've laid the foundations for our most ambitious projects. This week, however, is not one of those times.

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A great new year for Next Generation

At Next Generation, we know that the challenges we face are daunting. America’s lack of investment in our most vulnerable children and our inability to take on climate change threaten the economy and stability of the world we will leave to future generations. But we’re also optimistic that, through smart projects, good partners, and great staff, we can make a difference.

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On Talent – and How to Nurture It

We're celebrating some amazing talent at Next Generation – specifically, our very own Kate Gordon who has been selected by Campaigns & Elections Magazine as one of the 50 most influential policy advocates in the US.