Hampshire College dropped a bombshell on the educational world. With a single letter, President Miriam Nelson let it be known that the seemingly healthy school faces tough financial times ahead. She then noted that the school is both seeking a long-term partner and may not admit a freshman class.
Every private college and independent school in the country should be rooting for Hampshire....
Physicists use the term “Event Horizon” to describe the point of no return. That’s where the gravitational pull of a large object makes it impossible for a smaller object to escape. For nonprofits I use this term to describe the point at which the pull of their financial obligations is so great that no amount of cutting costs, soliciting funds or raising tuition will save them.
The catch is that it’s difficult to know exactly where that boundary lies and organizations often don’t realize they’ve reached it until they’re already on the other side. Watching an organization skim along the event
Imagine opening up a magazine, only to see a smiling, naked baby boy urinating in your direction. That's just what readers in Belgium saw when they opened to an advertisement touting my company's spring water. The ad didn't raise an outcry; it didn't cause a stir. It did only what it was supposed to do: illustrate how the water is just as pure and clean as the most innocent of acts.
The photo was part of the marketing materials sent to us in the United States office. It made me laugh when I f...
IF GREATER BOSTON HAS AN ACHILLES HEEL, it’s transportation. This was the number one issue when we launched the N-Squared Innovation District in Newton and Needham and it remains a major hurdle today. It’s also cited as a key impediment to growth in a recent MassEcon report about why companies locate to or within the state.
We use high school team sports as a teaching tool, helping kids learn about teamwork, healthy living, rules, strategies and even sportsmanship. Why do we teach them that tearing down another team is OK?
What is seen as innocent and natural in Europe, we feared, would be denounced by some in America as child pornography. In this litigious society, where sensitivities run so high, we thought it best to shelve the ad.
But the incident left a question in our minds: Why is an image that one modern Western culture sees as innocuous seen by another as inappropriate?
Commentary: Lab permitting process needs an update
Northland’s project effectively creates a gateway to N-Squared: 800 units of desperately-needed housing for our local workforce; public gathering spaces; and 180,000 square feet of office space for small and mid-sized companies. On top of that, it funds shuttle buses that connect N-Squared to local transit.
It is precisely these features — and the density that comes with them — that we need to grow our economy and commercial tax base in both municipalities.
A grateful customer and Entrepreneur contributor spells out how a regional company, Yale Appliance, models exceptional customer service....
In today’s business environment, everyone expects their data to be a magic mix that brings forth deep insights and changes the course of their business.
We must find a way to connect manufacturers with these startups and keep those jobs growing here. That includes inventors, PhDs, designers, equipment operators, assemblers and shippers who help develop the products, right on through to the people needed to operate equipment, do assembly, and ship. It benefits Massachusetts at every level.