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February 15, 2017

What does a hearing aid have to do with democracy? My Russian friend Igor Kokarev stopped by a a few days ago and told me a story that explained the connection. 

I was

January 13, 2017

A German friend who is a scholar of American philanthropy and a university professor in Berlin asked me for my impressions on the impact the new administration might have on charitable

December 15, 2016

Al Rodriguez holds a revered place in the quarter-century history of Community Partners. He and I spent countless hours conferring as we put together early plans for launching the organization. Al

November 16, 2016

Workers made their way from their offices at noon on the day after the national elections to the sunny courtyard of the Alameda Street building that houses, among several groups, The California

October 12, 2016

In a few more weeks, on the heels of a final Presidential decision by voters, and after the punditry and handwringing recedes, we may get a breather from the spew that has shredded this election

August 9, 2016

Avis Ridley-Thomas admits she could raise hell with the best of the hell raisers in the fractious extended family where she grew up. She laughs now at the memory, but it’s a

July 12, 2016

Future Shock: “(a) dizzying disorientation brought on by the premature arrival of the future.”

-Alvin Toffler, “Future Shock” (1970)

June 16, 2016

Long bemoaned as the capital of congestion, Los Angeles has emerged as one of the nation’s transit leaders,

May 16, 2016

We talk a lot about “capacity building” and take for granted everyone knows what that term means. But what we’ve woven intentionally into our organizational DNA might be less obvious to others

April 14, 2016

The car has new tires. That pesky sprinkler valve leaks no more. Workmen have estimated the cost of upgrading to new, energy efficient windows. My annual physical exam was completed. Six new

March 17, 2016

Ordinary politics involves the appreciation, sometimes grudging, of the needs, interests and aspirations of others. When New York Times columnist David Brooks took on the topic in his Feb. 26

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