Celebrating the Brattle Theatre’s great supporters

Two years ago, I stepped down as board president of the Brattle Film Foundation, which operates the historic Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square, after serving the maximum term of six years. But I remain involved as a volunteer, because the theater means so much to me. Indeed I'm a little embarrassed that volunteering for the … Continue reading Celebrating the Brattle Theatre’s great supporters

Boston Mayoral debate

Those in positions of power sometimes feel threatened by debate. They shouldn't. Healthy intellectual discourse makes democracy stronger. Debate is not just about challenging power structures, it's about making policies better. That's because policies are more robust when they're conceived with multiple perspectives from different stakeholders. Today, I signed a change.org petition to ask Boston … Continue reading Boston Mayoral debate

Somerville Commission meeting, Sept 2017 edition

Today, I attended the monthly meeting of the Somerville Commussion on Energy and Climate Change. The prime part of the agenda was the Somerville Climate Forward consultants presenting on how their development of solutions is progressing. Very interesting to mostly be a fly on the wall, and there were some good points to bring back … Continue reading Somerville Commission meeting, Sept 2017 edition


According to a Princeton University study, public opinion has “near-zero” impact on U.S. lawmaking, with one exception. In other words, public support for or against any given idea has no impact on the likelihood that Congress will make it law. What's the exception? economic elites in the top-90% of the income distribution. Their opinions carry real weight. … Continue reading Represent.US