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The North Star: MDC's Blog

03.03.2017 by Anna Shelton-Ormond
Despite tried and true examples of trickle-up gain resulting from initially targeted policies, the idea that “society benefits when everyone succeeds... read more
02.21.2017 by David Dodson
The Underground Railroad is about the unconquerable, existential human drive for the dignity of a better life. It is about the essential role that a... read more
02.14.2017 by
There is research that suggests some economic benefit to some people who tie the knot. However, there is much debate about how marriage and financial... read more
02.07.2017 by Anna Shelton-Ormond
I was struck by the enormity of intimate partner violence (which in some form affects one in three women and one in four men) and sexual violence (... read more
01.27.2017 by
Game designers have a vested interest in all of the players; given the degree to which daily life is more complex than gaming, we should expect that... read more
01.18.2017 by Anna Shelton-Ormond
In mid-December, we traveled to Fayetteville: a mid-sized city in the Sandhills of North Carolina with strong higher education institutions and a... read more
01.09.2017 by
What do you call a recent college graduate who can go from conducting policy research on early childhood education to facilitating a presentation on... read more
12.16.2016 by Abby Parcell
Monroe is a growing city, part of Union County (which has a significant rural population), on the edge of the Charlotte metropolis. Wilkes is a rural... read more
12.09.2016 by
Conceptions of the American Dream often frame upward mobility as an ideal best accomplished through individual effort and perseverance. However,... read more
11.30.2016 by Anna Shelton-Ormond
In mid-November, two MDC staff members had the privilege of traveling to the eastern part of the state to hold two of these work sessions: one in... read more