Essays

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Look to the Nonprofit Sector to Create Jobs

As both President Obama and Mitt Romney make the case for creating jobs, they are ignoring one of the fastest-growing job creators in our economy which already employs more than 14 million people: the nonprofit sector.

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Roundtable on Collective Impact

As we wound down the White House Council on Community Solutions, a group of Council members and other experts discussed the emergence of collective impact as a model for solving problems.

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The Real Challenge for Collective Impact

Collective Impact holds great promise for our communities, but to do it well, leaders will need to build trust, coordinate their approaches, and engage community members in new ways. This is not how groups have worked before. This is the challenge.

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Leave No Young Adult Behind

There are 6.7 million young people who neither have a college degree nor a job — so-called “disconnected youth.” We must act now to engage these young people for the sake of our communities, our economy, and the young people themselves. We must see them as “Opportunity Youth.”

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Community Collaboratives White Paper

With Michele Jolin and Willa Seldon, this white paper and supporting case studies and toolbox were one of the main outputs of the White House Council’s two year exploration of collective impact.

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LGBT Youth: We Need You

Our LGBT young people and others on the margins of our communities need to hear all of us say: “You are valuable. We need your skills, talents, and leadership. Our communities cannot be strong or whole without you.”

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I Am Not Trayvon Martin

The tragic death of Trayvon Martin is an extreme example of the danger of stereotyping and profiling and how it damages our increasingly diverse society. It also highlights the white privilege many of us have who will never be mistaken for a criminal regardless of our appearance or actions.

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Lessons From Famous College Dropouts

We need to make college more accessible to smart people from all backgrounds, while also being careful not to judge talent, character, or competence primarily by higher education credentials. Our nation should be a ladder of opportunity for the best talent, regardless of background.

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Who Leads Occupy Wall Street: Everyone or No One

Two weeks ago, I walked among the Occupy Wall Street and Occupy D.C. protesters during trips to each city. I was inspired by the passion and commitment I witnessed, but less sanguine about the long-term change they will achieve.

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May This Be a Wakeup Call

In the wake of the tragic shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others in Tuscon, I weigh in on whether our increasingly hostile public discourse influences violence and what to do about it.

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Mark Zuckerberg needs to own it (and “it” is not what you think)

The film Social Network painted a pretty negative picture of Mark Zuckerberg’s creation of Facebook. If Zuckerberg opened up more about his entrepreneurial experience – the successes and mistakes – it would inspire other entrepreneurs and manifest the authentic values of his platform.

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