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Inspirations for 2012 Community

Every new year ushers in with it new goals and resolutions made with the intent of betterment for self and community. For those who need a bit of encouragement for 2012 goal setting, State of the Re:Union passes along...

The Fall of JoePa and a Return to Common Sense

On November 9, Joe Paterno, legendary football coach of Penn State, got fired. His boss, the president of Penn State, also got fired. The reason they got fired was that eleven years ago, when they were told that their...

Capacity Building Beyond Community Services

In this segment of his video interview Capacity Building Beyond Community Services with The Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, John talks about some of the reasons why social services systems can only provide "service," not care. In other segments he goes into the meaning of...

The San Diego Social Innovation Trust

One of the greatest hindrances to solving a community's social issues is a disconnect between its public, private and philanthropic sectors.  Last April, San Diego consulting firm Harder+Company Community Research and a small group of community leaders initiated a...

PlacerSustain: One Community’s Exploration of the Possibility of a Sustainable Future

We are in the midst of a global transformative change in what it means to be a "Community," and in particular, a Sustainable Community. At the heart of this change is the growing recognition that personal, social, and cultural...

Wiser Together: Partnering Across Generations

Tucked away in the small Appalachian community of Burnsville, North Carolina, is a family farm and a place of meeting that has recently become the new home base for Juanita Brown and David Isaacs, co-founders of the World Café....

The Value of Public Service

We find ourselves today as public sector leaders working in an era of dynamic global economics, stormy political discourse and facing yet another crisis in confidence in our public institutions. Memories of 9-11 sacrifices of public servants have faded...

What Is Enough?

To set the stage for his 2012 budget message, Alachua County, FL Manager Randall Reid quotes Lao Tzu: “Great trouble comes from not knowing what is enough . . .” The challenge for citizens today, he says, is to decide...

Rekindling Responsibility for Our Elders

Today my dad called while I was busy at work to tell me that he had bought a house. This is big news for two reasons — one, he hasn't had a house in I think about 8 years, living as...

What in the Name of Reform

I would like to whisper a quiet caution to those of us who are investing in institutional or structural reform efforts. There is an intensifying stream of efforts to reform our institutions. In theUSthere is government reform, education reform,...

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In Pursuit of Liberated Mothering

Cross-cultural dialogue, especially among moms of color, can build new narratives that challenge the legacies of white supremacy and...