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August 17, 2017

The social entrepreneurs who succeed through their work with Community Partners come from many backgrounds, yet each shows a “maker” bent. While all of us, to one extent or another, are takers and

October 16, 2017

You’ve probably seen at least one local TV newscast where a camera pans a long line of weary, desperate people waiting outside a big arena to be tended by volunteer doctors, dentists and other

September 13, 2017

Saturday morning, and the public library conference room thrums with the growing rumble of gathering voices as the meeting time approaches. One young woman clutches several pages of handwritten

July 10, 2017

When a leader takes pains to stand distinctly apart from and even contrary to virtually every other leader in the pack, what does that deliberate sort of disjunction from the mainstream suggest?

June 16, 2017

Add a measure of youthful optimism and intelligence to any setting and watch the energy flow.  If you’re lucky, sparks will ignite the atmosphere around you in the form of smart young folks like

May 17, 2017

Cyberpunk writer William Gibson, who coined the word “cyberspace,” famously wrote in The Economist that “the future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed.”

Former LA Unified

April 17, 2017

When you first dip your toe into starting up any new venture, pure necessity compels you to become a Jack or Jill of all trades. Along with being both the prime mover of a mission and the voice of

March 15, 2017

Asking people what makes a good workplace culture can sometimes prove a slippery proposition. The word “culture” exists at such a high level of abstraction that people often feel the need to come

February 15, 2017

What does a hearing aid have to do with democracy? My Russian friend Igor Kokarev stopped by a a few days ago and told me a story that explained the connection. 

I was

January 13, 2017

A German friend who is a scholar of American philanthropy and a university professor in Berlin asked me for my impressions on the impact the new administration might have on charitable

December 15, 2016

Al Rodriguez holds a revered place in the quarter-century history of Community Partners. He and I spent countless hours conferring as we put together early plans for launching the organization. Al

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