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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

September 1, 2009

Every now and then in a democracy, it pays to ask the critical question: What kind of civic discourse do we want? Watching the President and elected representatives getting punked in the last few

July 1, 2009

Collaboration and creativity researcher Keith Sawyer wrote a great book called Group Genius: the Creative Power of Collaboration. In it he returns in various ways to a consistent theme: A “mindset

June 1, 2009

What happens to a society when an institution critical to political transparency finds itself on the ropes, dizzied by competing technologies, and pummeled to the mat by an outdated business model

May 1, 2009

College students, around this time of year, seek summer internships. We’ve been approached by a few. One young woman from BrandeisUniversity will spend two months with Community Partners starting

March 1, 2009

Landing Well Requires Hard and Soft Assets

You're probably looking closely right now at what's keeping your civic venture jet propelled, hunkered down and worried, or

February 1, 2009

The current economy – a subject much on everyone’s mind, provoking each of us to our own special set of hopes and fears – promises a host of effects on the vastness and variety of America’s

December 1, 2008

A very talented emerging social entrepreneur asked me recently what valuable lessons I had learned over the years of working with project leaders affiliated with Community Partners. Here’s the

November 1, 2008

My colleague, Judith Teitelman, consults with arts and culture organizations. She’s got a deft way with words and ascribed the term “Shiva Syndrome” to the behavior of an arts entrepreneur she

October 1, 2008

I’ve grown intrigued by the role community organizations and institutions play as switchboards for the transmission of local civic knowledge from person to person. Day in and day out, people who

August 1, 2008

Now and then in the nonprofit community a resource bully swaggers about throwing around their power. These sorts of folks – blessedly rare, but there to be reckoned with – present an ugly sight,

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