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The Olympics: The Power of Play in Action

Reba Dominski | Posted 08.23.2016 | Business
Reba Dominski

As I watched the Olympics come to an end, I was inspired by the crowds that gathered, both in Rio and in individual communities around the globe. Peop...

Love Your Mother Earth: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 07.18.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Each week at The Pollination Project, we shine light on seven grantees whose environmentally friendly projects are bringing justice to the vast planet...

Only Authentic Community Engagement and Empowerment Can Begin to Restore Flint

Will Friedman, Ph.D | Posted 03.30.2016 | Detroit
Will Friedman, Ph.D

Nothing can make up for what was lost, but it might be the one way to get governing and democracy back on track The Flint crisis is perhaps the worst...

It's Your Money. Where's Your Say?

Larry Schooler | Posted 02.01.2017 | Politics
Larry Schooler

In our private lives, we have quite a bit of say over how we spend our money. Granted, an employer or client ultimately decides whether and what amount to pay us, but if we want to spend more on a house than on vacations, or more on our children's education than on dining out, that's our decision.

Don't Wait. Participate.

Larry Schooler | Posted 01.18.2017 | Politics
Larry Schooler

Beyond the partisan divides around some of President Obama's policy proposals lies a compelling thought: regardless of the policy outcome, give ordinary people safer access to the process. That is an achievable goal--as demonstrated by the many governments who have made it so.

Rural Colleges Are The Best

Noah S. Leavitt | Posted 12.05.2016 | College
Noah S. Leavitt

Our small towns are vibrant hubs for innovation and creative collaborations because we all need to pull together to tackle community issues.

Finding Our Common Ground in Los Angeles

John E. Kobara | Posted 10.08.2016 | Los Angeles
John E. Kobara

Time and again I have seen how individual action is blunted by an inability to engage. Los Angeles County is a big and diverse place, where our challenges -- from ending homelessness to providing quality public education -- seem insurmountable.

The Local Fight Against Global Extremism

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy | Posted 08.20.2016 | World
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

In the ongoing fight against terrorism, the West and its allies have repeatedly joined forces to counter ever-changing threats, devastating and global in scope.

Change Isn't the Greatest Political Challenge, Sustaining It Is

Ben Hecht | Posted 07.28.2016 | Impact
Ben Hecht

In my mind, this is a clear and powerful articulation of the elements critical to enabling cities to deal with our society's most intractable problems by thinking outside of the box.

Revisiting Needle-Moving Collaboratives: Differing Approaches to Keeping Partners at the Table

Willa Seldon | Posted 06.30.2015 | Impact
Willa Seldon

Communities across the country are using multi-sector collaborations to tackle big social challenges like youth violence, school achievement, or teen pregnancy.

Starbucks and Race Together... What's Next?

Kimberly Cooper | Posted 06.07.2015 | Black Voices
Kimberly Cooper

it's a bit of a red herring to go from a logoed sticker on a coffee cup meant to signify a company's support of racial dialogue, to publicizing that the Starbucks campaign was attempting to solve racism in America through its "ill-equipped" frontline service workers.

How Can We Recapture the Spirit of Community Engagement That Built America?

Ben Hecht | Posted 05.17.2015 | Impact
Ben Hecht

There is no better time to bring these approaches to bear, given the fragile state of our democracy. We must realize a shared approach to solving our shared problems that is neither top-down, nor bottom-up.

The Business Case for Private-Sector Involvement in Youth Mentoring

Nancy A. Altobello | Posted 04.20.2015 | Impact
Nancy A. Altobello

The investments in quality youth mentoring made by companies are direct contributions to the future strength of our communities and our country. They connect young people to the powerful asset that is mentoring, to opportunity, and to success.

Engaged Campuses

Daan Braveman | Posted 12.30.2014 | College
Daan Braveman

Quite often the service aspect exposes students to issues of poverty, class and race -- issues they may not observe firsthand in their lives before college or even in their lives on college campuses.

Community Engagement for Collective Impact: Lessons From Alaska

Karen Pittman | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact
Karen Pittman

People who run collective impact efforts say one of their toughest tasks is keeping community engagement going beyond the "summits" where everyone gets fired up. What does it mean to keep communities engaged in the mission that they've signed on for? Why is it so hard to do this well?

The Importance of Partnerships: Why Business and Higher Ed Need Each Other

Dr. Mike Metke | Posted 11.24.2014 | College
Dr. Mike Metke

Junior and community colleges were created as partnerships between local governments and state governments to help provide affordable access to higher education and it worked well. College has been the doorway to a brighter future for millions of Americans, but that door has been closing.

Family Engagement: The Top of Everyone's Back-to-School Checklist

Carla Thompson | Posted 10.12.2014 | Education
Carla Thompson

With the start of the school year just around the corner, now is an excellent time for all of us to renew our commitment to ensuring all children succeed. So what should be at the top of to-do lists as children head back to school?

The Public School Counterinsurgency Field Manual

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 10.04.2014 | Education
T. Elijah Hawkes

Their means may not be military, but across this great land, insurgent extremists are at work attacking public institutions and undermining the citizenry's confidence in the same. Our public schools are on the front lines.

Busting It Out

Virginia Broersma | Posted 09.16.2014 | Arts
Virginia Broersma

Bettina Hubby is an interdisciplinary artist with an impulse towards collaboration and integrating daily life into her art (and vice versa), all with large doses of humor.

Community Engagement and Higher Education

Joseph L. Subbiondo | Posted 09.01.2014 | College
Joseph L. Subbiondo

All of us in higher education are under considerable pressure to justify the relevance and reduce the costs of our colleges and universities.

Learning Los Angeles: Irma Colen, Venice Family Clinic and Art Walk

Cathy Weiss | Posted 07.14.2014 | Los Angeles
Cathy Weiss

We set out to interview people we consider to be local heroes behind our favorite places and events, and bring you stories of those who contribute beauty, steward nature, share their culture and inspire us.

Show Me the Money: How to Make Governments Work

Keith W. McLean | Posted 06.11.2014 | World
Keith W. McLean

One important piece of the puzzle can be summed up thus: Open budgets = transparent budget processes + open data + citizen engagement.

How To Give Back And Contribute Your Voice, From Chelsea Clinton (VIDEO)

Posted 03.17.2014 | Home

When it comes to being a good citizen, Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, believes there are a few key factors that play into the ...

Joining the Conversation

Pamela Barnes | Posted 04.27.2014 | Impact
Pamela Barnes

I have just returned from a week-long trip to Ethiopia, where I traveled with a group of incredible women to learn more about the reproductive health ...

When a Community Comes Together for a Cause

Tim McDonald | Posted 03.26.2014 | Impact
Tim McDonald

Maximizing the reach of an inspirational message or important piece of information requires the dedication of humans to staying open to sharing and consuming content that raises awareness.