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June 16, 2017

Add a measure of youthful optimism and intelligence to any setting and watch the energy flow.  If you’re lucky, sparks will ignite the atmosphere around you in the form of smart young folks like

May 17, 2017

Cyberpunk writer William Gibson, who coined the word “cyberspace,” famously wrote in The Economist that “the future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed.”

Former LA Unified

April 17, 2017

When you first dip your toe into starting up any new venture, pure necessity compels you to become a Jack or Jill of all trades. Along with being both the prime mover of a mission and the voice of

March 15, 2017

Asking people what makes a good workplace culture can sometimes prove a slippery proposition. The word “culture” exists at such a high level of abstraction that people often feel the need to come

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)

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