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The Importance Of Being A Mentor

Second Act | Posted 12.16.2011 | Fifty

The holidays have always been about giving. Doling out presents is an easy way to feel like we've done something nice. Even nicer is to donate money t...

How to Teach Children to Lose by Winning

Peter Block | Posted 02.07.2012 | Parents
Peter Block

Whether playing or watching sports, the name of the game is the same: who wins?

The Fall of JoePa and a Return to Common Sense

Peter Block | Posted 01.11.2012 | Sports
Peter Block

Every community has many more things to be proud of than a young person's ability to run, jump, throw, and catch. Sport does not build character, it puts character at risk. Sport is just fun.

Dharmic Seva And Vivekananda: The Catalyst To Building Pluralistic Communities

Anju Bhargava | Posted 09.19.2011 | Religion
Anju Bhargava

We asked our community to tell us: What role does your dharma (religion/faith/spirituality) play in civic engagement, social justice and development issues?

The Bin Laden Effect: In Praise of Our Government

Peter Block | Posted 07.04.2011 | Politics
Peter Block

By Peter Block The death of Osama bin Laden completes a painful chapter in our history. The reaction of many is celebration. Some will use this occas...

After Mother Nature

Peter Block | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Peter Block

Mother Nature today, yesterday the loss of a job, the illness of a friend or the unspeakable violence of someone wielding a gun in Arizona forces us to re-decide where to place our faith and what really matters.

Growing Bolder: Like Me, Only Better

Marc Middleton | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marc Middleton

Don't think you're alone. You're not. There is a community of people just like you. Find it, join it and seek out those who are successfully doing what you want to do. Find out why they're like you, only better.

Are We Raising Care-Less Children?

Peter Block | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Peter Block

Some will say that we should develop a school curriculum that "teaches" students about empathy. To gain that feeling, however, the other must be present in our lives, and not an abstraction in classrooms.

A Neighborhood Has A Job To Do

Peter Block | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Peter Block

Neighbors have the capacity to know what we need. What we need are the gifts that surround us. What we need is each other. And when we act together, we will find the community way. The democratic way.

The Nervous American Empire or Raise Your Hands Over Your Head and Don't Move

Peter Block | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Peter Block

It will soon be ten years since 9/11 and the effects are still with us. One of the obvious ones is the U.S. military's adventures in the rest of the w...

Martin Luther King: Remembering What We Forgot

John McKnight | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
John McKnight

To honor Dr. King's legacy we need to go the peaceful way, not because it sometimes works, but because it is the best way of life. The peaceful way creates a community where life and creativity can flourish.

Neighborhood Wake-Up Call

Peter Block | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Peter Block

To those who say our neighborhoods are broken, there is a simple process to help awaken neighborhood power by finding out what people love to do and are willing to teach or learn.

What Happened to the Village?

Peter Block | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Peter Block

We have lost the imagination of what a neighborhood could do to raise a child. This means there is a great opportunity to organize neighbors to raise the local children -- to become a village that raises the children.

The "Transition Town" Movement's Initial Genius

Craig K. Comstock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Craig K. Comstock

As we have to live with less energy, we will have to live more locally, the opposite of globalization. The transition movement strives not to "go back to the land," but to increase the resilience of communities.

How To Serve A Homeless Person: Guide To Gift Bags

Christine Schanes | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christine Schanes

We can help a homeless person by serving him/her food, a blanket and/or necessary items. It's a pretty simple and wonderful thing to do.

The Sacred Space Of The Shared Heart

William Horden | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
William Horden

This isn't about what we should eat. That's a matter of personal conscience. What it's about is this: Honoring. Honoring the lives of the animals and plants that die so that we can live.

What in the World Is a Social Entrepreneur?

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Social entrepreneurs show us that enabling others to lead lives of belonging and contribution is a truer measure of value, one that is priceless.

Boulder/Denver New Tech Meetup Helps Entrepreneurial Community

Brett Greene | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Brett Greene

Have you ever been to a networking event? Then you've had that cringing feeling in your stomach after entering a room full of strangers.

Appointments and Disappointments: Sizing Up Obama's New Cabinet

Jack Rothman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jack Rothman

Some observers believe Obama's cabinet appointments are a strategic ploy, a smokescreen for co-opting middle and right elements. His aim is to "feint to the right, move left."