One thing is clear, despite their location on the map, many Chicago neighborhoods share the same concerns: the need for investment, access to capital and more opportunities for local entrepreneurs and businesses.
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.
What's going on when some police officers escalate violence instead of calming it? Why would a professionally trained cop panic and kill when he could disable the person he sees as threatening? How are law-enforcement officers recruited?
Diversity is a concept that persists in the daily lexicon of the press and in the narrative of organizations. A concept akin to a green ant -- gently nipping away at the top layers of the skin and trying its very best to get to the core!
It is pretty obvious that we wouldn't do well without the benefits provided by a healthy ocean. In fact, we most likely would not survive. The good news is that many people are realizing what is at stake; even global and national leaders are catching on.
In a recent editorial, the Wall Street Journal wrote a disastrous economic prescription for Illinois, one that calls for a "big bang" of the sort that has blown up Kansas' budget and turned that state into a poster child for reckless and short-sighted financial management.
Schools have the potential to break the patterns of violence by giving children, their parents and communities the knowledge and skills to communicate, negotiate and resolve conflicts in more constructive ways. Losing this great opportunity could cripple the entire human race.
Indeed, a serious, robust, sensitive policy to address the front-line soldiers in the battle against greenhouse gas emissions would create the political space enabling truly impactful climate change legislation to be enacted.
It's a disheartening and messy time in Philadelphia's school system. Some days I wake up and wonder if things will ever get better -- will we ever be able to look our children in the eyes and tell them that every school is equipped with the resources they need to get a quality education?
The benefits of increased college attainment go beyond economics. Significant social benefits ripple out as well: greater civic and social engagement, higher rates of voter participation and volunteerism, healthier lifestyles, less dependence on public assistance.
With everything that you can imagine at our fingertips, many of the social interactions that help tie people together in a community have faded away. Are communities traditionally built on relationships, trust and familiarity a thing of the past?
I was honored to be in Vermont today and to stand with all the members of AFSCME Vermont Homecare United. Together, we will work to improve conditions for home care providers and enhance the lives of all the people we serve.
Now more than ever, business and industry are dependent upon an economic system that rewards innovation. But to have innovation, you also need creativity; and a creative and innovative community is vital to that effort.
We know that the key to positively influencing adult behavior lies in getting individuals to practice existing skills in novel contexts. Our solution, therefore, is simple: We must take our existing complex thinking and problem-solving skills and use them more often.
If we fail to go down this road, we can expect more endless debates, gridlock, and cynicism. More false promises. More grandiose pledges for progress. That path is well known, and it is one of lost opportunity and hope.
Remember that the more you lean out, the more you tweet and seek and stretch to find another like you, there is a very deserving beautiful creature waiting and calling for your friendship too, and that creature is you.