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Four things we learned on May 6

By David Wisner The crisis in Greece is political. Very few of the reforms the governments of George Papandreou and Lucas Papademos pledged to undertake in exchange for loans from the Troika have materialized. The evaluation of...
 
 
 

Can do: entrepreneurship and public service

Prepared remarks by David Wisner for a round table on The Greek Startup Scene: bubble or future,” Thessaloniki Science Festival, May 15, 2015. Thank you, Michalis Stangos, for inviting me to speak on your panel. For the b...
 

 
 

Football activism

          A striking scene from the Copacabana.  
 
 
 

More on the youth vote

By David Wisner Excerpts below from a post by Andrew Rosenthal in yesterday’s New York Times about the youth vote in the 2012 US Presidential election. The interesting thing is that Republican youth groups were heavily in...
 
 
 

Sinking in our own shit

By David Wisner Here is something I had been thinking a lot about before it happened. We all want action to be taken to avert or resolve a crisis. We all want to believe that we can contribute our small part in the effort to cl...
 

 
 

We can’t help it!

By David Wisner I often tell my politics students that people have a natural predisposition to act and think politically. What we do with this is the great challenge of contemporary citizenship and civic education. Two recent a...
 
 
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Entrepreneurship in Greece: Looking at the big picture

The Michael and Kitty Dukakis Center for Public and Humanitarian Service and The Anatolia School of Business cordially invite you to attend the 2nd Business and Politics Forum Entrepreneurship in Greece: Looking at the big pict...
 
 
 

Strategic agility in Greek human resource management

By Konstantinos Bouas and Petros Katsimardos Introduction Human Resource Management policy is probably the most important challenge for Greek public administration, given the severe on-going crisis and the need to sharply reduc...
 

 
 

The same language

By Alexia Apostolina A cloudy morning in November we woke up, dressed as warm as we could with a smile on our faces, bags with pullovers, raincoats and everything else we wanted to give to those people. Heroes.  In the bus ev...
 
 
 

Ageing, but with grace?

The editors of Kathimerini write in today’s online English edition that “The prime minister knows better than anyone else how difficult the job ahead is, and how many problems he has to deal with… he is makin...
 
 
 

This not a pipe

On the TV news a few days ago Greek journalist Pavlos Tsimas suggested that the Greek government and several other EU member states, especially Germany, were engaged in a war of words. The next day Bloomberg said what Tsimas co...
 

 
 

The enemies of public broadcasting

By David Wisner As luck would have it, I happened to log on to Facebook today just around the time that two transplanted Athenian acquaintances commented on news reports announcing the imminent closure and restructuring of the ...
 
 
 

Circle dancing with the Greeks

By David Wisner I first drafted this note over a year ago. If anything, the tendency I described, and its implications for the future of Greece and the EU, are all the greater. A worldly Greek acquaintance likes to tell the fol...
 
 
 

What are Greece good at?

By David Wisner There is good news and bad news this week from the birthplace of democracy. On the one hand, according to findings from the European Values Study published by Tilburg University in Holland, more than 80% of tho...
 

 
 

From Delacroix to Dorian Grey

By David Wisner If I were a photographer, I would take portraits of individual sitters. I would try to capture one’s eternal youthfulness, and yet simultaneously project the whole of one’s temporal experience. As I ...
 
 
 

Which Greece, which Europe

By David Wisner Two public speeches this past week have turned as sharp a spotlight on the future of the EU and certain of its members states as have few events since 2009. First, the leader of Greece’s main opposition pa...
 
 
 

Standing up to the tyrant

By Elias Kulukundis November 17 should be a national holiday. The courage of the unarmed students at the Athens Polytechnic led to the overthrow of the junta, and the day on which it, November 17, should not be a partisan polit...
 

 
 

Who wants to …?

Election day is nigh upon us. With this in mind, there are three dimensions to the question I have been thinking of asking: Who wants to run, who wants to vote, and who wants to govern. In May 2014 the Dukakis Center examined a...
 
 
 

Party time

By Damian Mac Con Uladh Exports, imports and retail prices might all be in decline. And unemployment hovering over 27% for nine months straight. But six years into a recession that has ravaged the gross national product, there ...
 

 
 


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