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

Jonathan Granoff | Posted 12.23.2014 | Politics
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 11.07.2014 | Politics
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 | Impact
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 | Politics
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 | Impact
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 | Politics
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 | Business
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.

Philadelphia Shares Prosperity

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Peter A. Georgescu

Philadelphia is thinking positive about the program's future. It hopes to stimulate 25,000 more jobs by 2015. Doesn't this seem like a plan that ought to be adopted in cities across the country?

The Power of One

Susan Rhea | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics
Susan Rhea

My audience is small, my contacts miniscule, my influence apparently negligible. If these accomplished and influential people can't change the world fast enough, why do I think I can make a difference?

6 Evangelicals You Don't Know... But Might Want To

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 09.02.2013 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

In the words of Jim Daly, the man who replaced Dobson as head of Focus on the Family, a new evangelical leadership is emerging. And while they share much of the old guard's theology, they scarcely resemble the evangelicals we have gotten to know over decades of culture war.

10 Decisions You Can Make to Change the World

Jim Wallis | Posted 08.06.2013 | Politics
Jim Wallis

The common good and the quality of our life together will finally be determined by the personal decisions we all make. Here are ten personal decisions you can make to help foster the common good.

We Interrupt This Family for Baseball Season

Jim Wallis | Posted 07.31.2013 | Sports
Jim Wallis

On Memorial Day weekend, our family of four participated in six baseball games! It was such a refreshing change from discussing our nation's politics. Here is a great baseball story that explains why I love Little League Baseball.

Creating A Culture of Unity Through Interfaith Cooperation

Rachael McNeal | Posted 06.26.2013 | Religion
Rachael McNeal

Personal relationships across religious difference creates religious literacy and interpersonal understanding; such understanding fosters compassion while cultivating a more peaceful and united society.

I Share a Dream for the Common Good

Donna Jean Freberg | Posted 06.11.2013 | Fifty
Donna Jean Freberg

Perfection is a hologram of a goal, but healthy change for the better -- a far better pursuit -- is much more likely when pursued as a community project: as a hands-joined, hearts united, common goal.

The Story of the Common Good (Video)

Jim Wallis | Posted 06.04.2013 | Religion
Jim Wallis

We would take the time to sound out each syllable, word, and sentence until they got it right, "With malice toward none, with charity for all ..." While they were learning to read, I wanted them to absorb the words of Lincoln.

A Caution In Pursuing The Common Good

Onleilove Alston | Posted 06.03.2013 | Religion
Onleilove Alston

The common good is not about coming together under the guise of false unity where everyone downplays their difference, but it's about creating safe spaces where difference can exist while we work towards a society that is just for all.

God, Cellphones, Quarterly Earnings and the Search for the Common Good

Arianna Huffington | Posted 06.02.2013 | Religion
Arianna Huffington

"Our life together can be better." That's the opening sentence of an important new book by Jim Wallis called On God's Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned About Serving the Common Good. Wallis wrote it while taking a three-month sabbatical last year, in the midst of the 2012 election -- a break that allowed him to get a broader perspective on what was going on in American public life. The book draws inspiration from Abraham Lincoln's famous line: "[M]y concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side..." For Wallis, the key to being on God's side is a focus on the common good. But, as Wallis saw vividly during his sabbatical, that doesn't seem to be the direction things are currently headed in our country. Instead of strengthening our commitment to equality, social justice, and our sense of unity as a nation, our public and political discourse is breaking us apart.

On God's Side: For the Common Good

Jim Wallis | Posted 03.28.2013 | Religion
Jim Wallis

When did we trade the idea of public servants for the false idols of power and privilege? When did we trade governing for campaigning? And when did we trade valuing those with the best ideas for rewarding those with the most money?

Pastors: It's Time to Speak Out for the Common Good

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.01.2013 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Pastors are not lobbyists, and they shouldn't be. But when 11 million children of God are trapped in a broken immigration system -- or when special interests are dominating the future of the poor and most vulnerable -- there are clear moral issues at stake.

Ketchup Or Sequestration?

Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI | Posted 04.28.2013 | Business
Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI

In between the analysis and absorption of the impact of both these government actions, Warren Buffett, the sage of Omaha, announced his intentions to buy the H.J. Heinz, the beloved ketchup brand of most Americans, for $23 billion.

Changing Poverty Into Opportunity: A Moral Cause To Bring Us Together

Jim Wallis | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Fighting poverty must not be a partisan issue. When we look at both the causes and the solutions, this battle should bring both liberals and conservatives together.

Making Birth Better

Rachel Marie Stone | Posted 04.10.2013 | Parents
Rachel Marie Stone

Maternity care -- who provides it, what it costs, how the baby gets out -- is much bigger than the so-called Mommy Wars. It's a question of the common good, and to get there, we need, as HuffPost blogger Randi Hutter Epstein recently noted, to go beyond the old "home vs. hospital" debates.

A Call for a New Social Covenant

Jim Wallis | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics
Jim Wallis

We urgently need a new social covenant between citizens, businesses and government. Contracts have been broken, but a covenant adds a moral dimension to the solution that is now essential.

Making New Year's Resolutions Based on Love

Shasta Nelson, M.Div. | Posted 12.28.2012 | Good News
Shasta Nelson, M.Div.

Whatever belief system you have in place and whatever word you use for that which is bigger than us -- I hope you'll take the time to bring the true spirit of Hanukkah and Christmas into your New Year.

Fear Of The Fiscal Cliff

Rev. Peter Morales | Posted 02.02.2013 | Religion
Rev. Peter Morales

Fear of plummeting over the "fiscal cliff" is driving the political discourse in Washington right now. The conversation, however, needs to be framed not as a political or economic issue, but as a moral issue.