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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

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

February 18, 2016

Think for a minute about the implicit sacrifices that come with choosing to work in — or deciding to start! — a mission-driven community-focused

January 21, 2016

When stepping into a new year, we often force ourselves to focus on what we’ll be doing that’s new and innovative and exciting. We flipped the question around and asked a few Community

December 17, 2015

The notion of stewardship suggests more than mere responsibility. A steward assumes a duty of caring and loyalty well beyond what law and custom require.

Three Community Partners volunteer

November 18, 2015

“Citizen voice” rings so distinctly as a factor critical to community and civic life that I hope the phrase rises to much more common use.

Arguably, elected officials who hear

October 14, 2015

The advent of a Presidential election year promises a year-long season ahead during which public officials, the democratic election process itself, and the government institutions critical to our

September 16, 2015

A talented, creative young man sat in my office recently and expressed frustration with the difficulties he was facing in trying to find a job that matched his interests, skills and, most

July 14, 2015

Greece’s perilous posture in relation to its Eurozone partners should make everyone working in networks perk up and pause.  During the last year of repeated standoff and negotiation, something

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