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Travel in a Changing Cuba

Entering a Communist totalitarian state, I expected more militaristic security personnel at the airport. Instead, we were warmly welcomed to Cuba by the female immigration and security agents wearing uniforms that included shorts and patterned fishnet stockings. It was the first of many surprises, mostly pleasant surprises, we experienced in Cuba. We hope the imminent growth of American trade and…

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Community Engagement Matters (Now More Than Ever)

Data-driven and evidence-based practices present new opportunities for public and social sector leaders to increase impact while reducing inefficiency. But in adopting such approaches, leaders must avoid the temptation to act in a top-down manner. Instead, they should design and implement programs in ways that engage community members directly in the work of social change. (currently behind subscription paywall)

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Bold Leaders Who Defy Millennial Stereotypes

The Chronicle of Philanthropy invited me to write an opinion piece for their issue recognizing 40 nonprofit leaders under 40 years old who are solving the problems of today and tomorrow. I decided to use the platform to argue about how stereotypes about Millennials are often only about the most privileged Millennials, and to recognize that this list is better than…

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Vu Le is Right About Equity and Collective Impact

Vu Le, the blogger at Nonprofit With Balls, is an important voice in the nonprofit sector. He speaks truth to power and calls out the elephants in our collective room. Many critics approach their fields with righteousness; Vu approaches with refreshing humility as one struggling with these questions and willing to be wrong. On November 30th, he posted “Why Communities of…

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Strengthening and Diversifying the Nonprofit Talent Pipeline

The essay offers four steps for nonprofits to be more strategic about recruiting, retaining, and advancing diverse talent: (1) Nonprofits should recruit from the strength of our sector’s scale and the challenging, meaningful and rewarding work we offer. (2) To retain talent, we must build cultures that support innovation and leadership development (3) Nonprofits must make racial equity and inclusion a strategic imperative so…

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Nonprofits: Equity Begins Within

Many nonprofits and foundations are applying an “equity lens” to look outward at social problems and solutions, disaggregating data and seeking to differentiate opportunities and services to reduce disparities. But our organizations and collective efforts must begin by looking inward, using an “equity mirror” to examine our own composition, culture, and policies that reinforce and perpetuate societal disparities. To do equity, we must…

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How I Learned About Leadership from Addiction Recovery

Understanding how change happens in people’s lives, seeking mentors, owning mistakes, suspending judgment, letting go, forgiving, and paying it all forward — these are priceless leadership lessons learned I’ve learned in an unusual way.

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The Problem With Restroom Libertarianism

I have long found men’s public restrooms as the most useful rejoinder against libertarianism. In the most private of public spaces, men’s selfish impulses rule to the detriment of common good.

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Why I Was Arrested Standing Up for Dontre Hamilton in Milwaukee

This weekend I spent 24 hours in jail for protesting the , the unarmed man shot 14 times by a Milwaukee police officer in a downtown park. I am compelled to write about my experience to share why I chose to join this protest and to correct the narrative law enforcement leaders in Milwaukee have used to inaccurately paint a…

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