Monthly Archives: May 2015

Chicago OFA forum: how organizations develop activists

Facebook2 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 2I am enjoying Elizabeth McKenna’s and Hahrie Han’s book Groundbreakers: How Obama’s 2.2 Million Volunteers Transformed Campaigning in America in preparation for this free open forum in Chicago on May 19. Register here.  

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assessing a discussion

Facebook11 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 11We discuss in order to address public problems together. We also develop morally through discussion–which, by the way, I would define very broadly to encompass a conversation with your neighbor over the backyard fence, with Leopold Bloom … Continue reading

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it’s not just what you think, but how your thoughts are organized

Facebook41 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 41We come into the world with no moral ideas at all and must learn them from others. We learn not just from arguments and explicit principles, but also by observing practices and experiencing emotional reactions.1 We must … Continue reading

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should all institutions be democratic?

Facebook20 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 20Many of my friends and colleagues believe that the more democratic any institution is, the better. I take a more pluralist position: democratic values are worthy but they are inconsistent with other values, and what we want is a … Continue reading

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what defines an organization? the case of the global sangha

Facebook5 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 5(National Airport) What defines an “organization”? Normally, I would cite some kind of boundary around the people who belong to the group, plus some kind of system for making decisions that affect the whole. The boundaries can … Continue reading

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what will Snapchat do to politics?

Facebook7 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 7Joanthan Mahler reports that “Snapchat, America’s fastest-growing smartphone app, [has] hired Peter Hamby, a political reporter for CNN, to lead its nascent news division.” Snapchat has more than 1oo million users, including many Americans between the ages of 18 … Continue reading

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notes from the Summit on Civic Learning and National Service

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0On October 16, 2014, the White House, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University hosted a Summit on Civic Learning and National Service. This invitational … Continue reading

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community organizing, community-engaged research, and the problem of scale

Facebook17 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 17“I have yet to see something big that’s good.” So said a friend and esteemed colleague  at a conference that I have been attending for the past two days. The conference is on “Collaboration Research for Action … Continue reading

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