David Westin: Presidential Debates: What You See Is What You Get Now the fun part starts -- at least for those of us in the audience. We're into the quadrennial round of presidential debates. The time when we all get to gather around our television sets and see the two gladiators who would be our next president go one on one dealing with the issues. But wait a minute. It's also the time when commentators come forward to tell us that the outcomes of these debates are likely to turn more on the appearance of the candidates than it does on any serious intellectual clash over policies or proposals. There's something uplifting about saying we should all be focused on the "issues" and not the "personalities." But is that right?
William Galston: The First Debate I think Romney did himself considerable good during the first debate. I would not be surprised to learn that a majority of the American people think he won it outright. At the very least, he vastly exceeded expectations.
Robert Reich: The First Presidential Debate In Wednesday night's debate, Romney won on style while Obama won on substance. Romney sounded as if he had conviction, which means he's either convinced himself that the lies he tells are true or he's a fabulous actor.
Dr. Judith Rodin: Investing for Impact In the world of finance, ROI -- "return on investment" -- rules the day. But there is a new kind of investor nowadays seeking a different kind of return. We call them impact investors, and they seek to put markets to work for millions of people around the globe.
Alfie Kohn: What Do Kids Really Learn from Failure? There's reason to doubt the popular claim that kids have too little experience with failure. Or that more such experience would be good for them. What is clear is that the very environments that play up the importance of doing well make it even less likely that doing poorly will have any beneficial effect.