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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

June 1, 2010

You’ve got to love lawyers. They can keep things orderly and aboveboard, helping to head off problems with sound insight about staying on the right side of the law. They can also overreach.

May 1, 2010

Skill at fundraising and governance alone do not an excellent board member make. Nor do such skills alone ensure that a nonprofit organization maintains a connection to the wider community it

March 1, 2010

I received an email asking for support of a nonprofit group's bid to win the Pepsi Refresh Project. Maybe you've heard of it, the program that has people vote electronically for their favorite

February 1, 2010

The once-robust national atmosphere embracing citizen-aspirants to public service soured badly over the last 30 years. Ideologues and cynics have vilified government and practical politics,

December 1, 2009

As many of you already know, we recently lost our dear friend, founding board chair, and long-time member of the Community Partners board of directors, Albert Rodriguez. In his honor, we created

October 1, 2009

To contribute to the Al Rodriguez Memorial Award for Outstanding Social Entrepreneurship, please click

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to political transparency finds itself on the ropes, dizzied by competing technologies, and pummeled to the mat by an outdated business model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

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