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November 17, 2017

The horror of gun assaults reverberating too often in the news produces its own peculiar brand of numbness, the retreat into which is certainly an understandable response to the continual

April 14, 2014

Democracy works in part because of its vast and varied quilt of systems.  Yes, they are sometimes slow and unwieldy.  And yes, affecting needed change can seem

March 23, 2014

The bud
stands for all things, even for those things that don’t flower,
for everything flowers,

February 1, 2014

I recently polled a number of people about an important question. The group included a couple of lawyers, community activists, a retired elected official, several business people, a retired

January 2, 2014

We Angelenos may not see in our lifetimes a harder slap upside our civic heads than the searing report just released by the Kantor Commission’s Los Angeles 2020 report, “A Time for Truth.”

December 1, 2013

“All of us in this room share two things in common,” said Denny Zane at Community Partners’ December 10 holiday gathering, “love and indignation.” It’s both of those seemingly conflicting feelings

November 1, 2013

No big fan of sweeping, abstract terms like civic engagement so much in vogue these days, I stand guilty of using that expression and others equally vague as a kind of lazy shorthand. Anna Núñez,

October 1, 2013

When young people these days seek my counsel on what needs doing in society, they often want me to help them find a place in the nonprofit sector. I turn the tables and test their interest in

September 4, 2013

Achieving common ground among widely disparate players in a hard-charging urban political pressure cooker like Los Angeles generally fails when directed from above.

A recent conversation

August 20, 2013

Dowell Myers keeps a very sympathetic perspective on how most of us cling to views forged by past realities, even when the facts that framed those views have changed. Take, for example, the matter

July 13, 2013

Overhead in business is simply a given. But in the nonprofit world?  It’s simply a dirty word.

Last week, three of the country’s leading charity watchdog groups launched a

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