Last week my organization, US Common Sense, launched our public finance sustainability website, GovRank*. Here’s hoping the site will foster good research, debate about our methods, and more public awareness of the state of local finance. Here’s our description of GovRank: We want all citizens, journalists, and public officials to have greater access to information about theirContinue reading “Announcing”

Perceptions and Conservation

An article that Elizabeth King and I co-authored has been published in Ecology & Society! Entitled Kenyan Pastoralist Societies in Transition, it talks about the role that perceptions of scarcity play in people’s decisions about how to use natural resources (pdf here). Not surprisingly, when people don’t perceive a resource as scarce, they’re less likelyContinue reading “Perceptions and Conservation”

Map of the Sahel

This map is very disorienting. I’ve been looking at it, on and off, for the last 9 months, and it’s all the more relevant since the French military intervened in Mali and terrorists attacked a gas plant in Algeria last week. It takes a while to focus on the map without mentally zooming in onContinue reading “Map of the Sahel”

Big Continent

Later this month I start teaching my own class for the first time. It’ll be an undergraduate international affairs lecture course at USC. I’m looking for images to grab my students’ attention. The image below shows how big the African continent is. The map’s creator titled it “The True Size of Africa: A small contributionContinue reading “Big Continent”