Essays

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Give Them iPads

My advice to the President for his state of the union speech to unite Americans against a broken Congressional and political system.

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Social Innovation Fund Sends Important Signal to Grant Makers

With Cheryl Dorsey, CEO, Echoing Green — The Obama administration’s plan offers a new deal for nonprofit groups—more general, multiyear support to carry out essential programs in return for more innovative and effective results. We have seen firsthand how this approach can build stronger organizations that make a bigger difference in their communities, and we look forward to this practice becoming more widespread.

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Victory for the Demagogues

My defense of Van Jones, the “green jobs czar” fired by the Obama administration because of right wing attacks of his past.

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Repellant Politics

My argument that many of our best social innovators in the nonprofit sector won’t run for office not because of the demands of office but because of how broken and repellant our politics have become.

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Winning Over My Mother

A tribute to Senator Ted Kennedy and the impact he had bending America’s arc of history further toward justice in ways even Republicans now acknowledge and support.

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Single Dad and CEO

On the importance of life-work balance. No older mentor has ever told me they wish they spent more time at the office; many have said they wish they had spent more time with family.

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Stupidity Begets Stupidity

After Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates was arrested as a suspected intruder at his own home, the President connected it to racial profiling and the media went nuts. The President was right, even though he apologized.

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Palin’s Constituency is Real

Upon her resignation as Governor of Alaska, I argue that while many of us dismiss her, the constituency that supports her is real and must be reckoned with.

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Democrats Need to Police Themselves

I argue that with President Obama about to be inaugurated and Congress controlled by his party, they should commit to strengthening the public trust by upholding the highest ethical standards and public trust.

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Mobilize Your Constituencies

The leaders of the three big automakers went to Congress for help during the economic crisis and displayed appalling arrogance. I give advice from an effort to save AmeriCorps by much smaller organizations.

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