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Local Community Initiatives to Prevent Emergence of Terrorism in Africa

Jacques Sebisaho | Posted 05.03.2014 | Impact
Jacques Sebisaho

Africa is becoming a niche for armed group terrorist organizations and drug cartel recruiters. Its disillusioned and disenfranchised youth are an easy...

This is What Community Health Looks Like: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 04.30.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

The Pollination Project gives $1,000 away, every day, to change-makers all over the world who are creating more peaceful, just and sustainable communi...

Our New Goal: 5,000 Trained Public Innovators Ready to Change the Country

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 04.27.2014 | Impact
Richard C. Harwood

We've put this stake in the ground to counter the growing toxic public discourse, division and mistrust in our society. There is an urgent need to make community a common enterprise.

Want to Fight Sexual Violence? Look to the Labor Movement

Sheerine Alemzadeh | Posted 04.23.2014 | Chicago
Sheerine Alemzadeh

As an anti-rape activist, I propose taking a look at our sisters in the labor movement and learning by example to build our constituencies and gain momentum on difficult and long-ignored workplace violence issues.

Erin Monday on Storytelling and Collaboration at the Heart of Your Social Strategy

Jonha Revesencio | Posted 04.20.2014 | Technology
Jonha Revesencio

This is the first post of the Social Storytelling Series -- a series which aims to highlight individuals and organizations that embrace the power of social media to empower their communities through impactful storytelling.

The TIF Illumination Project at One Year

Tom Tresser | Posted 04.16.2014 | Chicago
Tom Tresser

The TIF Illumination Project is an effort of a group of volunteers in Chicago to expose a decades-old finance scheme that annually extracts almost 500 million dollars of property taxes and places it in a program controlled by the mayor.

Responding to the Savior Industrial Complex: Check the Help and Free Yourself! (Part II)

Robert West | Posted 04.01.2014 | Impact
Robert West

Speaking from the position of "them and those," a position I remember all to well, I say...Check the help, and free yourself!

Responding to the Saviour Industrial Complex: Check the Help and Free Yourself! (Part I)

Robert West | Posted 03.31.2014 | Impact
Robert West

After much contemplation, I chose, despite hearing many tales of woe accompanied by dire warnings (e.g., low wages and burnout), to pursue a social work degree to better position myself to understand, serve and learn from causes and communities I hold near and dear to my heart.

4 Organizing Trends You'll See in 2014

Laura Barrett | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Laura Barrett

Community organizing is changing. It's more social media driven and younger. Immigration advocacy alone has brought a new sector of young leaders int...

War on Poverty at 50: Religion's Roots and Lessons

Mark I. Pinsky | Posted 03.10.2014 | Religion
Mark I. Pinsky

The 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson's launch of the War on Poverty reminds us how intractable that effort can be. This anniversary also recalls how religion has motivated, shaped and sustained this effort, in many ways prefiguring the campaign.

Roll in My Chair

Kristin Duquette | Posted 02.27.2014 | Impact
Kristin Duquette

As a wheelchair user and college student, I became frustrated with how the general public perceives and treats people with disabilities. In 2011, I founded a program called A Day in a Wheelchair on Trinity College's campus.

From a Place at the Table to Setting the Agenda

Luz Vega-Marquis | Posted 02.17.2014 | Impact
Luz Vega-Marquis

Without the social capital that network represents, our current goal -- to harness the energy generated by the Equal Voice into a lasting, family-led membership-based organization -- would be out of reach.

Nelson Mandela's Job Title

Laura Barrett | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics
Laura Barrett

Organizers don't pound the drum on their own behalf, they are too busy winning issues. But at moments like this, the importance of organizing is revealed. It moved a nation, and our world through the genius of it's foremost practitioner, Nelson Mandela.

Millennial Raptivist Organizes Community's Voice

Christopher Norris | Posted 02.01.2014 | Impact
Christopher Norris

Looking around his West Philly community a 19-year-old do-gooder held his first community event, aiming to both recreate the look and feel of memorable childhood block parties, and bring warmth to an otherwise 'cold block.'

White on White: We All Have a Role in Working for Racial Justice

Susan Naimark | Posted 01.27.2014 | Impact
Susan Naimark

We have a critical role to play in ensuring equal opportunity for all in this country. And we have an inspiring model to look to for that role, a small yet mighty grassroots organization in Boston that celebrates its 45th anniversary this week.

3 Ways Community Activists Could Make Education Better

Chris Crouch | Posted 01.26.2014 | Education
Chris Crouch

Teachers that are maximizing the time spent with students to bridge learning gaps and scaffold instruction for skill acquisition would greatly benefit from these partnerships and so would our students.

Joining Forces to Win

Ana María Archila | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Ana María Archila

The most successful community campaigns present a new vision for change, a creativity and fearlessness to promote policies many have thought unachievable, as well as a canny understanding of how to navigate local political forces.

Activist's Handbook: A Checklist for Social Change Organizing

Steve Early | Posted 11.12.2013 | Books
Steve Early

Randy Shaw's Activist's Handbook is a book with legs. First published in the early 1990s, it has now been updated as a guide to "winning social change...

Will You Join Me in My Campaign to Move This Country Forward?

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Richard C. Harwood

Last week we successfully launched our Reclaiming Main Street Campaign, starting in Washington, D.C. I'm embarking on this effort because I believe we...

Going Public: The American Commonwealth

Harry Boyte | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Harry Boyte

Civic revitalization is needed inside institutions and also beyond them, in renewing concern for the shared public world. We need to remember that the American promise is a commonwealth democracy, built and sustained by the labors of all.

Why I'm Embarking on a Campaign to Reclaim Main Street

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 12.23.2013 | Politics
Richard C. Harwood

I'm embarking on this effort because I believe we must remind ourselves -- and reclaim the practical idea -- that community is a common enterprise. None of us can go it alone.

The Local Antidote to the Government Shutdown

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Richard C. Harwood

As the federal government shutdown grips the nation, many people in local communities feel disgusted and powerless to change what's happening. But we needn't despair. Here are three basic steps individuals and groups in communities can take immediately to combat head-on the ill effects of the shutdown.

Is the President Selling Out Higher Education to Wall Street?

Les Leopold | Posted 11.26.2013 | Business
Les Leopold

The Obama Administration is transporting Wall Street logic into higher education by proposing to measure the value of a college by the earnings of its graduates. This conceptual coup may be the best news for Wall Street since the abolition of Glass-Steagall.

American Labor's New Agenda: A Movement for Global Shared Prosperity

Sabina Dewan | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Sabina Dewan

How can American unions reconsolidate people power and build a 21st century union movement that is broader than its membership?

Are Nonprofits Designed to Fail?

Spencer Critchley | Posted 11.10.2013 | Impact
Spencer Critchley

Too often, the starfish story is told to justify a charitable effort that's not making real change. When our starfish rescuer shows up for work tomorrow, there's going to be a whole new batch of starfish.