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Nancy Dallavalle | Posted 11.07.2016 | Home
Nancy Dallavalle

As the election approaches, the theme I hear most is that, regardless of the outcome, there is trouble ahead. Even if Hillary Clinton beats Donald Tru...

An Economy for the Common Good: Building a Balance Sheet for Companies' Impact

Christian Felber | Posted 10.18.2016 | Home
Christian Felber

More than two thousand years after Aristotle, a growing movement is bridging his division between oikonomia - an economy that supports the common good...

Choosing a College for a Common Good

Brian E. Konkol | Posted 08.04.2016 | Home
Brian E. Konkol

Before asking "where" or even "how much will it cost", perhaps it is most worthwhile to first consider "why" when choosing a college. Why college? For starters, one should challenge the common assumption that campuses are mere four-year corridors to higher wages, elevated social status, and comfortable lifestyles.

The Common Good Is Being Exploited...To Our Peril

Jackie DeHon, Ph.D. | Posted 07.22.2016 | Home
Jackie DeHon, Ph.D.

This is the third in my series exposing crooked government officials and groups who collude with business people and corporations to harm and cheat The People. Their aim is to steal our common property, safety, possessions, and money to enrich themselves.

Four Recent Wins for the Public

Donald Cohen | Posted 05.15.2016 | Home
Donald Cohen

One thing I've learned from decades of fighting for the public good is that winning comes in different forms.

No Friend of Honor: Donald Trump and the Politics of Hate

Paola K Amaras | Posted 03.18.2016 | Home
Paola K Amaras

We need to understand something. This one-time joke has become a menace to society.

Conflict is Life and Listening is Living

Brian E. Konkol | Posted 03.10.2016 | Home
Brian E. Konkol

The following is taken from a homily given in Christ Chapel, on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN), on March 7, 2016. The assigne...

Transpartisanship and the Conversion of Political Conflict

Brian E. Konkol | Posted 02.04.2017 | Home
Brian E. Konkol

The current presidential campaign exposes extreme partisanship as our political normality. Reminiscent of the classic "boiling frog" metaphor, what on...

We Need Congress to Take Action to Protect Working Families This Year

Sr. Simone Campbell | Posted 12.10.2016 | Home
Sr. Simone Campbell

Disagreements are a valuable part of the process, but Congressional leaders must make it a priority to bridge divides and work together for the benefit of all, with specific care for the most vulnerable.

Atheists as Allies of God?

Michael W. Austin | Posted 11.20.2016 | Home
Michael W. Austin

To be sure, there are deep divisions related to some moral and political issues in our time, but if we think of ourselves as allies of the Good, rather than enemies of one another, perhaps we can then carve out enough common ground to work together for the common good.

Pleasures and Pains of Infrastructure

Robert Whitcomb | Posted 09.29.2016 | Home
Robert Whitcomb

An irritated Rhode Island citizenry has blocked a bid by the Pawtucket Red Sox, employing very few people and with a mostly seasonal business, to grab valuable public land and erect, with lots of public money, a stadium in downtown Providence, on Route 195-relocation land.

The New Warrior's Cry: Veni, Vidi, Vigilo I Came, I Saw, I Protect

Amy Larkin | Posted 09.08.2016 | Home
Amy Larkin

We can only save our magnificent planet and habitat if we turn our ingenuity to it with full commitment and radical cooperation as warriors for the future. Veni, vidi, vigilo.

From the Blue Ridge Comes a Resounding No

Donald Cohen | Posted 09.01.2016 | Home
Donald Cohen

The Johnson County commissioners recognize that outsourcing isn't the answer: "Any type of privatization would be detrimental to our county, citizens, and staff of Northeast Correctional Complex." They also honored public service by dedicating a day each year in recognition of the prison's current staff.

The Best Quotations (and Key Themes) From the Pope's Environmental Manifesto (Part 2)

Andrew Winston | Posted 07.09.2016 | Home
Andrew Winston

The pope provides a moving and profound view on the deep connection between environmental and social issues, between humans and animals, and between spiritual and practical. He also hits head-on the contentious issue of man's "dominion" over nature: Many have interpreted the Bible to indicate that man should conquer nature, but the pope explains how wrong that reading is.

Pope Francis on Care for Our Common Home

Thomas Worcester | Posted 07.06.2016 | Home
Thomas Worcester

Even before Pope Francis published an encyclical on environmental degradation negative reactions were already multiplying. Certain US commentators did not remain silent and attentive long enough to actually read and digest and reflect upon what the bishop of Rome had to say.

Being Stewards - Not Owners - of Our Environment

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 06.22.2016 | Home
Catholic Relief Services

Pope Francis asks us a very simple question in his encyclical: "What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?"

Pope Francis, the Common Good and Global Climate Change

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 06.13.2016 | Home
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

It is a line repeated with tiresome regularity in right-wing circles: Pope Francis has no business proposing solutions to the crisis of global climate change. He is not a scientist, they say. He should stick to morals and to matters of faith and doctrine.

Where We Are

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 03.01.2015 | Home
Richard C. Harwood

Our work is being scaled in local communities. There, we are developing a critical mass of public innovators and boundary-spanning groups that can collectively address local challenges and shift the civic culture of those communities.

An Open Letter to the President: A Legacy the World Needs

Jonathan Granoff | Posted 02.22.2015 | Home
Jonathan Granoff

Initiating and committing the full weight of the United States executive behind such a process would not only constitute the crowning foreign policy jewel in your legacy crown, but it just might also save ourselves from ourselves, too.

Election 2014: Here's What You Missed

Jim Wallis | Posted 01.07.2015 | Home
Jim Wallis

The campaigns and the media coverage were all about polls, attacks, and sound bites. The Republican campaign message was simply: vote against President Obama. Here's what we should be talking about.

Social Enterprise and the Privilege Economy

Kevin Lynch | Posted 10.04.2014 | Home
Kevin Lynch

I am an unapprehended felon. From age 18 to 38, I spent some part of virtually every day in the illegal drug culture. Buying, selling, using and/or driving under the influence of highly illegal substances.

'All Eggs Shall Be Cooked' -- Rules That Treat Workers Like Morons

Lenore Skenazy | Posted 08.19.2014 | Home
Lenore Skenazy

If you happen to pick up a copy of the Kansas legal code for the construction and administration of nursing homes -- which, admittedly, you probably w...

Individualism or the Common Good? We Need Both

Brian Gallagher | Posted 04.16.2014 | Home
Brian Gallagher

Individualism is clearly important. Achieving the American dream has always been rooted in hard work and individual attainment. Upward mobility and long-term prosperity requires each of us to take ownership of our success.

Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc

Lisa Longo | Posted 01.25.2014 | Home
Lisa Longo

Some insurance companies are canceling policies, so therefore our president must have lied. Nope. Not true. It is a handy talking point for the opposition, but it is in fact, just another logical fallacy. Once you start listening for them, you'll find them everywhere.

The Differences Among Socially Responsible, Impact, and Common Good Investing: The Latter Is the Future of All Investing

Terry Mollner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Terry Mollner

The only thing that sustains the consistent feeling of pure joy is doing in this moment whatever we can uniquely do for the common good. It is the only priority that provides the consistent experience of happiness, our birthright.