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Community Engagement

Community Engagement for Collective Impact: Lessons From Alaska

Karen Pittman | Posted 10.09.2014 | 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 09.24.2014 | 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 | MarloThomas

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.

Helping the Hosts -- Meeting Grass-Roots Needs in Jordan

David Weiss | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
David Weiss

Imagine if the entire population of your nearest neighboring town or city suddenly moved to where you live, nearly doubling the population. Think abou...

Tech Titans: Look for Community, Not Customers, to Transform Journalism

Sally Duros | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Sally Duros

To my thinking building trust is the key to sustainability of the emerging news and information sphere. Good news and information add value; they do not extract value.

Community Engagement: Gardening in the Front Yard

Hildy Gottlieb | Posted 08.04.2013 | Impact
Hildy Gottlieb

Since moving into my current home, my front yard garden has introduced me to neighbors from many blocks away. Some ask gardening questions. Some put my house on their morning walk route, to see what's new. And some bring gifts.

Right and Wrong Answers on School Safety

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.05.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Despite the loud voice of the National Rifle Association (NRA), scholars, experts on school safety, and teachers overwhelmingly disagree with turning schools into armed camps rather than places of nonviolent positive learning.

Transforming Communities Through Humor, Grit and Entrepreneurship: A Conversation With Thailand´s 'Mr Condom'

Pro Journo | Posted 05.05.2013 | Impact
Pro Journo

When I met up with Mechai Viravaidya at his restaurant Cabbages and Condoms in Bangkok, he walked the grounds with an ease of familiarity, showing me elaborate sculptures, figurines and lamps all made out of colored condoms.

Our Schools Need More Strange Bedfellows

Harriet Sanford | Posted 04.30.2013 | Impact
Harriet Sanford

Getting communities more involved with their public schools can lead to strange bedfellows, like the group of motorcyclists that descended upon Littleton Elementary School in Lee County, Fla., this past holiday season.

Paradoxes of Community Policing in Counterterrorism

Sahar Aziz | Posted 04.29.2013 | Crime
Sahar Aziz

Until this stereotype can be stripped away from "hard on terror" preventive counterterrorism strategies, the benefits gained in the traditional local community policing model of the 1990s are unlikely to be realized. And Muslim communities have the most to lose.

Community Engagement the Millennial Way

Daniel Kaufman | Posted 12.17.2012 | Impact
Daniel Kaufman

I can't count how many meetings I have had with non-profit staff and board members that are concerned about growing, managing, and further engaging their supporters. They know they want to reach new communities, especially Millennials, but don't know where to begin.

Starbucks: The Unofficial Office for Social Change

Aaron Hurst | Posted 05.03.2012 | Impact
Aaron Hurst

Wowed by a singing barista and a great place to bring her two daughters, Cecilia joined the Starbucks team as their Vice President of Global Diversity, Community and Government Affairs, for Starbucks Coffee Company.

Going All in For All Youth

Jon Bon Jovi | Posted 04.01.2012 | Politics
Jon Bon Jovi

Although the latest jobs report shows progress, only 45 percent of youth between the ages of 16-24 were employed at the end of August according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Clearly, we need to change that.

Neighborhood Sites Can Awaken Community Involvement

Michael Wood-Lewis | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael Wood-Lewis

Finding quality, timely and accessible local information is a daunting task in our current environment, with traditional media's convulsions and new media's fits and starts.

Inclusion Begins With 'Hello'

Deborah Plummer | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deborah Plummer

The cumulative effect of not being recognized, even after initiating a hello, is a slight that can feel like a result of racism, however benign the intentions might be.

Academic-Community Mentorships: An Entrepreneurial Approach to Undergraduate Education

Dr. Rick Cherwitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Dr. Rick Cherwitz

With tuition rising, many are concerned with containing the cost of higher education. As important as this is, shouldn't we also focus on ways to maximize the benefits of a college education?

Creating Engaged Public Research Universities

Dr. Rick Cherwitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Dr. Rick Cherwitz

Taking the admonition for engagement seriously, we can devise collaborative methods for integrating universities' massive intellectual capital with the resources of the community.