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The Kurdish Experiment in Radical Decentralism and Why Kobani Must Be Saved

Jim Schumacher and Debbie Bookchin | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Jim Schumacher and Debbie Bookchin

My father's impassioned plea for military assistance from November 1956 is more relevant today than ever. As long as organized Kurdish resistance continues, we must make the demand for arms to the Kurds our insistent cry.

Palliative Care by the People, for the People: A Call for a New Grassroots Movement

J. Redwing Keyssar | Posted 10.17.2014 | Healthy Living
J. Redwing Keyssar

None of us will "get out of here alive." So why not work as hard as we possibly can to transform the culture of dying in America from one of fear and pain and anxiety and excessive spending of health care dollars, to one of acceptance and understanding?

GOP.com Got a Facelift

Dieter Holger | Posted 10.05.2014 | Politics
Dieter Holger

Obviously strategists hope this new website design will help with the diversity-appeal facelift they desperately need. Still, this is an earnest attempt at appearing less racist, sexist, and religious.

Was Jesus a Grassroots Community Organizer?

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 09.04.2014 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

I believe that Jesus was very deliberate in his portrayal as a community organizer by being aware of the social forces he set in motion in defining the concepts of discipleship, community and love.

It's Not Just Ferguson... Is It?

Isa Freeling | Posted 09.02.2014 | Impact
Isa Freeling

The call to pay close attention to race at this moment is a hot button issue with long simmering resentments now bubbling up to the surface and at a boil. The new awareness that sometime, while we were sleeping, police departments suited up like a military force, has awakened people to a perception of threat.

Power in Collective Parish Development: Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 08.26.2014 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

Like the expatriated Jews camped along the banks of the Chedar River in Babylon, we think of our citizenship as located in another kingdom, a kingdom not of this world. But until we see the new Jerusalem, God calls us to roll up our sleeves and build better parks, better homes and better schools.

Building a Community of Creative Collaborators

Barry Segal | Posted 08.26.2014 | Impact
Barry Segal

This is a guest post by Martin Segal, Managing Director, Segal Family Foundation (SFF). Martin is the son of Barry Segal, founder of SFF. Our grassr...

Can NGOs Build People's Power or Have We Lost Our Way?

Danny Sriskandarajah | Posted 10.22.2014 | Impact
Danny Sriskandarajah

My hope is that the dialogue we have begun will help to re-connect us to an understanding of civil society as a deeply human construct, as a facilitator of empowering social relationships. In this, it will be crucial to reflect on the role of our own organisations. For only solutions that are at once pragmatic and radical will be sufficient to meet the challenges we face.

The Roots of #Ferguson

Laura Barrett | Posted 10.19.2014 | Politics
Laura Barrett

The listening tools, consensus building techniques, and the discipline that organizing teaches will all be used by area pastors and leaders in the months to come. It's just too bad that all of these efforts can bring only justice and healing in the short and long term, instead of immediately.

And Now for a Bit of Good News: La Guarimba International Film Fest

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 10.05.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

The 2014 program seems to run through a very specific leitmotif, a theme that asks the audience, but also the human race in general to respect the environment around us -- before it overtakes us.

It's Time to Speak Your Peace!

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 09.27.2014 | Impact
Mitch Ditkoff

Want to get on the peace train, regardless of your politics, philosophy or religion? Fantastic. There are thousands of ways to get involved.

Why Not the Older Americans Act?

Robert B. Blancato | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics
Robert B. Blancato

The American public's cynicism about Washington can diminish when bipartisanship prevails and bills become law. The most recent example of this was the signing into law of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act by President Obama yesterday, July 22.

Tea Iced!

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Last night, Senator Thad Cochran pulled off an upset of sorts, by defeating his Tea Party primary challenger in the rematch atmosphere of a "top two" runoff election. His chance of victory had been seen by many (at least before the election results began coming in) as increasingly unlikely -- which is why the political world is abuzz over what just happened down in the Magnolia State.

How Do We Stop Online Harassment?

Craig Newmark | Posted 08.11.2014 | Technology
Craig Newmark

Online harassment affects people differently, but the survey results show that it affects all types of folks. One thing that the majority agreed on was that the current laws about online and in-person harassment either aren't strong enough or are nonexistent.

Brand-building Tips for Grassroots NGOs

Barry Segal | Posted 07.21.2014 | Impact
Barry Segal

Guest Post by Gabrielle Francesco Brand development is often the last thing on the mind of an executive director of a grassroots NGOs working in a d...

Dems Should Start an 'I Got Covered' Obamacare Grassroots Campaign... Now

Colin Delany | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Colin Delany

So, who's up for it? I'm in -- somebody just find us a home. Let's not let some media-driven conventional wisdom deny us a chance to help millions of people hold on to the small slice of a better life they were just now able to reach.

Navigating the Rapids of Culture Change: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.10.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Changing ourselves changes the world. In 2013, a group of daily givers, myself included, committed to provide seed funding to a fledgling social ch...

Infographic Reveals Latest Data on Cracking the Crowdfunding Code

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.19.2014 | Technology
Craig Newmark

Crowdfunding raised more than $5 billion worldwide in 2013, and peer-to-peer nonprofit fundraising for charities is seeing explosive growth.

Dreams Worth Having: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.14.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Changing ourselves changes the world. In 2013, a group of daily givers, myself included, committed to provide seed funding to a fledgling social chan...

What the Frack? The Surprising Connection Between Clean Water and Good Beer

Heritage Radio Network | Posted 04.29.2014 | Green
Heritage Radio Network

Clean water is becoming more and more of an issue these days with threats from the oil and gas industry. This has resulted in breweries becoming unlikely water warriors in the fight for clean water.

Funding Environmentalism

Jay Mandle | Posted 04.27.2014 | Politics
Jay Mandle

There is no conflict in using money both to deepen democracy and advance a climate change agenda. The vast sums of money earmarked to support environmentally friendly candidates could better be used to fund grassroots organizing.

Growing Something Greater: More Public-Private Support of Community Green Space Needed

Su Lok | Posted 04.12.2014 | Impact
Su Lok

Pockets of civic-minded people across the United States are choosing to use the power of gardening to drive change in their cities and neighborhoods.

An Olympic Feat: Catalyzing Change for Children Through Sports

Victoria Dunning | Posted 04.10.2014 | Impact
Victoria Dunning

Not only is sport a way to channel a child's energy and talent, it can also be a catalyst for leadership development, conflict resolution and increased safety in dangerous situations.

Grassroots: Why the Startup of Keystone XL South Makes Us Stronger

Maya Lemon | Posted 01.22.2014 | Green
Maya Lemon

Keystone XL South cuts through my community and puts my home and family in danger. The things I should write feel too painful and don't offer comfort or encouragement. The story I need to write therefore centers on this tiny clump of grass and the roots I cannot see.

If Hillary Clinton Is Running for President, Here's the One Thing She Should Be Doing Right Now

Colin Delany | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics
Colin Delany

Is Hillary Clinton running for President? I don't know -- but if she is, I know what she should be doing right now.