Monthly Archives: December 2014

author’s colloquium on We are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For

Facebook3 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 3 As I prepare to take a 2-week winter break from blogging, I’ll post the video of me, Jane Mansbridge and Marshall Ganz of the Harvard Kennedy School, and Jenny Sazama, Director & Co-Founder of Youth on … Continue reading

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questions about “collective impact”

Facebook16 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 16The concept of “Collective Impact” suddenly seems to be everywhere. No meeting is complete without it. FSG defines it as “the commitment of a group of actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a complex … Continue reading

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Foucault and neoliberalism

Facebook80 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 80If you’re intellectually and ideologically eclectic, then you will find important ideas all over the map. It will not surprise you to learn that a person generally associated with the left has benefited from F.O. von Hayek or … Continue reading

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what does Russia make?

Facebook2 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 2In the waning days of Communism, it seemed as if all the Soviet Union made that anyone else wanted to purchase were Matryoshka doll sets. In reality, the USSR was exporting oil and natural gas. Drops in … Continue reading

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Bernard Williams on truth as a virtue of the humanities

Facebook10 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 10Bernard Williams (1929-2003) published Truth and Truthfulness in 2002, when the humanities were still processing criticisms of truth, objectivity, science, the Enlightenment, and related ideals that had arisen with postmodernism. Williams held his own complex epistemology; he … Continue reading

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questions for the social movement post Ferguson

Facebook8 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 8(Washington, DC) The social ferment following the Ferguson verdict looks bigger to me than Occupy, and bigger than the other nascent US social movements that I can recall from personal experience, going back to the 1980s. That … Continue reading

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journalism students fill the news gap on Miami’s sea level rise

Facebook14 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 14Robert Gutsche reports that South Florida news outlets are not covering the rise of sea levels, even though they pose an existential threat to Miami and its environs. Partly as a result of the news silence, “civic … Continue reading

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pigeon-guided missiles and ancient Chinese paddleboat gunships

Facebook10 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 10I read Wikipedia so that you don’t have to. You can just stop by here to learn that … 1. During WWII, the behaviorist psychologist B.F. Skinner put pigeons inside missiles. The view in front of each … Continue reading

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Obama faces the new organizers

Facebook8 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 8 Peter Dreier has a great piece on President Obama’s background as a community organizer. The priceless photograph above comes from Dreier’s article. I also explore this aspect of the president’s past in We are the Ones We … Continue reading

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the Civic 50: companies that are civically engaged

Facebook32 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 32Points of Light has released its list of 50 companies that are most civically engaged, the Civic50. The idea is to move beyond hours of voluntary service by employees to consider: 1. other forms of investment (such … Continue reading

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