Amit Batabyal
Feb 10, 2023

Why is Europe more egalitarian than the United States?

Egalitarian-minded Americans standardly look at Europe and many wish that we would import some of Europe’s best practices so that income inequality in the US is not as high as it is today. This raises the question of what “best practices” we ought to import so as to make us in the US, at least along the income equality dimension, more like them in Europe.

Feb 2, 2023

The brain drain is back

Organizations in central and western New York are at an unfair competitive disadvantage. They will continue to find their experienced staff depleted and be forced to compete by raising prices, downsizing or selling out.

Jan 26, 2023

Good paying jobs will reduce violence

This new year we must be intentional about treating economic development as an investment in public safety. I support tax incentives to bring new jobs to our state, but these employers must also ensure that the promised jobs are accessible to those families that need them most. Ribbon cuttings and photo-ops are not enough. We need specific strategies to remove hiring barriers b[...]

Amit Batabyal
Dec 16, 2022

Technology can help transition away from fossil fuels: The case of wind energy

There is now incontrovertible evidence that global warming is real and that humans have played a non-trivial role in giving rise to this phenomenon. As such, it is no surprise to learn that public policy is increasingly focused on getting Americans to transition out of fossil fuels — that cause global warming by combustion — […]

Dec 9, 2022

Supporting LGBTQ+ students in a dangerous national context

When students go to school, what are they actually doing? On the one hand, they’re acquiring. They’re acquiring the knowledge associated with the academic disciplines, from English and History to STEM, the arts, languages, etc. The way we talk about schooling in the US tends to focus on this, as measured by testing and standardized […]

Amit Batabyal
Nov 18, 2022

What is the value of free food?

Food pantries clearly provide a valuable service to the general food assistance landscape in the United States. These pantries source food from food banks that are themselves frequently a part of the “Feeding America” network. The goal here is to provide food assistance and thereby attenuate the twin phenomena of food insecurity and hunger. In […]

Nov 11, 2022

Americans need a national strategy on grief in 2023

The soaring demand for mental health services in the past couple of years, including therapy and counseling, further demonstrates that people need access to timely bereavement care provided by experts who are knowledgeable, experienced and trained in helping others cope with grief.

Nov 1, 2022

Dysfunctional boards and the psychology of group dynamics

“Why do boards of directors or trustees, charged with protecting the healthy productive growth of an organization, become dysfunctional and ultimately damage the institution?”

Sep 30, 2022

Leadership is born out of a crucible

Leaders have integrity and never compromise it.  Integrity is defined as your moral compass, the ability to judge between what is right and wrong and act accordingly

Amit Batabyal
Sep 20, 2022

Guest opinion: Processes, not incentives – what we need to address climate change now

This means thinking seriously about geoengineering or climate engineering. This kind of engineering embraces two types of technologies: carbon dioxide removal and, most interestingly, sunlight reflection methods.

Sep 16, 2022

Guest opinion: Rochester primed to build industry cluster in semiconductor chip packaging

New York has been making a strategic push to expand semiconductor manufacturing in the state for decades. It’s an economic priority that continues to grow stronger.

Sep 7, 2022

Guest Opinion: Communicate your value for sales success

“A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing” Irish playwright Oscar Wilde wrote that line in 1892 for Lord Darlington in Lady Windermere’s Fan. Internationally acclaimed speaker, coach, author and friend, Leo Pusateri, makes the case in Mirror Mirror on the wall am I the most valued […]