Bright Ideas Entries from 2017

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What We’re Reading

As usual, PSCers have been busy gobbling up all kinds of reading material to inform our work, stretch our minds and feed our inner geeks. Below are a few of [...]

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What We’re Reading

As you might guess, we’re voracious readers at PSC. We can’t tell you how many kitchen, hallway, lunch and after-work conversations center around the interesting things we’re reading, why we [...]

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Does zoning matter? It does to Michigan’s natural rivers

Okay, we admit it. Zoning isn’t sexy. People don’t swap stories about it around the office water cooler or make witty posts about it on Facebook. But to those who [...]

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PSCers don their vagabond shoes for an early childhood project in New York

In the dead of winter, when most Michiganders are dreaming of trips to sunny Palm Springs or steamy Key West, PSC vice president Jeff Guilfoyle and consultant Eric Pardini were [...]

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Is the American dream dying in Michigan? Can our education system resuscitate it?

Earlier this year, the 21st Century Education Commission issued a warning: Our education system is not preparing our young people to compete with their peers in other states and developed [...]

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Cancer continues to have devastating effects on Michiganders

According to the National Cancer Institute, in 2014, there were 14.5 million people in the U.S. living beyond a cancer diagnosis; this number is expected to reach almost 19 million [...]

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Michigan’s Infrastructure: How Bad is it?

These days, it seems like everyone — whether inside or outside of Michigan — is talking about infrastructure. In late January, for example, news sources reported on a preliminary list [...]

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PSC Launches New Bright Ideas

In January 2017, we refreshed our brand, giving PSC a refined focus and sunny new look. Now, we’re doing the same for Bright Ideas. To start, we created a new [...]

Melissa Gibson, senior consultant

On the Road: PSC uses its nonprofit expertise to sow economic seeds in the Sunshine State

Like Michigan, Florida is well known for its thriving tourism industry. But did you know that its nonprofit sector also plays a prominent role in the state’s economy? PSC’s Melissa [...]

Julie Metty Bennett, senior vice president

Is Michigan’s environment on the federal chopping block?

Earlier this spring, President Trump proposed significant cuts to environmental spending at the federal level. Michigan’s legislature then followed suit with its own substantial state-level reductions, effectively delivering a one-two [...]

Michelle Richard, vice president

The U.S. Department of Education: What does it do?

The highly publicized confirmation of Michigander Betsy DeVos as the country’s education secretary left many people wondering what exactly that position entails. Who better to explain the role of the [...]