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What is Community and How Do We Measure It?

What is Community and How Do We Measure It?

What makes a community a place where you want to live? What can a community do to promote growth – beyond investing in economic development? With all the areas to work on, what is most important? How do we measure progress?As we have recently noted, the role of...

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How Fatherhood Programs Are Helping the Next Generation

How Fatherhood Programs Are Helping the Next Generation

When I visited South Africa, Kruger National Park had an exploding elephant population. They had to move many of elephants to a nearby wildlife refuge, but they only had equipment to move the smaller ones – the females and the young. They couldn’t move the adult males...

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Is this the Era of the Mayor?

Is this the Era of the Mayor?

Lyndon B. Johnson was famous for saying “When the burdens of the presidency seem unusually heavy, I always remind myself it could be worse. I could be mayor.” With congressional approval ratings at an all-time low, more attention has been focused on cities...

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6 Resolutions to Rise Strong in the Social Sector

6 Resolutions to Rise Strong in the Social Sector

I have been thinking a lot lately about the factors that help those of us in the social sector overcome the obstacles that inevitably confront us on our path toward positive change. Some of the greatest lessons I have read on the subject have come from Rising Strong,...

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