About Me

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Perhaps the best way to describe me is that I have gravitated toward the “road less traveled” in my choices.

Full Length Feature Film

From the Rough

Past Organizational Affiliations

National Urban League

Learning and Education


Learning

I have purposely described my focus as “learning,” rather than “education.”  There are several reasons for this:

In essence, education in schools, colleges, universities, and online or adult courses is one way for us to learn, but not the only way.  By focusing on learning, I am showing individuals the way to fulfill their potential, regardless of whether they are in an educational institution, or even have access to one. I will also show that overemphasizing educational accomplishment actually retards innovation and the development of our societies.

This blog will be a showcase for learning approaches, some of which are done in educational settings, but some of which are not.  I will also focus on educational reform initiatives, the goal of which is to stimulate learning outside the educational system, as opposed to confining it within the educational system.


I have been an advocate and funder of lifelong learning and education programs, including participation on a major charter school board.

As a CEO for Pitney Bowes and a member of various research and advocacy groups, I have supported mixed-use, transit-oriented community development strategies.  I have also focused on practical human capital development strategies to rethink how to prepare individuals with low and moderate skills to participate in the new economy. 

Partners in the Learning Space:

University of Wisconsin

High performing schools or school systems
Achievement First
Bishop Kearney High School

Innovative digital learning systems
Powered by Learning

Building a critical mass of exceptional teachers
Teach for America

Reforming Teachers’ Unions
Educators4Excellence

Producing legislative and regulatory educational reform
ConnCAN

College and University

Norwalk Community College

Vocational and Technical Education

Indiana Vocational and Technical Education

Books and Resources

"The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning"
by Kevin Carey
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Anyone who proclaims that universal health insurance or healthcare reform is the “solution” to health insurance cost increases completely misses the point.
Dr. And Coach Catana Starks, RIP - By Mike Critelli Dr. And Coach Catana Starks, RIP - By Mike Critelli
Dr. and Coach Catana Starks, the coach profiled in our film From the Rough, passed away on 09/06/2020 and was laid to rest on 09/12/2020. Her death caused me to reflect deeply on why I fought all sorts of obstacles to get her story told.
COPING WITH NEW EMPLOYMENT ENVIRONMENT - July 2009
I read an interesting and insightful article online called “Hired! Turning a Demotion into a Promotion” which is accessible at www.money.cnn.com/2009/07/10/news/economy/_demotion/index.htm?postversion=200907.
“Crowd funding” for From the Rough - Jun 2013
Yesterday, I went live on a campaign to promote From the Rough through the Indiegogo “crowd-funding” site. You can view and contribute at www.igg.me/at/FromTheRoughMovie/x/3364292
 “Do Not Mail” Legislation and “Junk” Environmentalism “Do Not Mail” Legislation and “Junk” Environmentalism
It has become fashionable to trash direct marketing mail in the media. Not surprisingly, reporters and editors in the print media, which compete with advertising mail, coined the phrase “junk mail,” and so-called environmentalists have ar
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Recent Posts, Thoughts, & Observations
Dr. And Coach Catana Starks, RIP - By Mike Critelli

Dr. And Coach Catana Starks, RIP - By Mike Critelli

Dr. and Coach Catana Starks, the coach profiled in our film From the Rough, passed away on 09/06/2020 and was laid to rest on 09/12/2020. Her death caused me to reflect deeply on why I fought all sorts of obstacles to get her story told.

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The 2020 Challenges of Voting by Mail | By Mike Critelli

The 2020 Challenges of Voting by Mail | By Mike Critelli

A well-designed mail-in ballot system is the best way to making voting convenient for citizens, but implementing one hurriedly and without early planning is problematic. Potential risks can be mitigated only if addressed early and intelligently.

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Getting Past the Political Narratives on Covid19 | By Mike Critelli

Getting Past the Political Narratives on Covid19 | By Mike Critelli

The coronavirus found, exploited, and widened every inequity that the U.S. had to offer. The sooner we face up to these failings and correct them, the more we can draw some benefits from this avoidable tragedy.

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Why the hospitalization rates on Covid19 are so difficult to model | By Mike Critelli

Why the hospitalization rates on Covid19 are so difficult to model | By Mike Critelli

F0r Covid 19, the modeling is inherently imprecise and error-prone. Moreover, accumulating more data has not materially improved its accuracy and precision.

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Two Different Paths to Succeeding Against the Coronavirus | By Mike Critelli

Two Different Paths to Succeeding Against the Coronavirus | By Mike Critelli

As we have watched others try to figure out the role Chloroquine & other drugs might play in reducing the number of Coronavirus deaths & serious illnesses, I realized that they are speaking from very different frames of reference.

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