Oct 13, 2020

We Must Find Common Purpose

More than a year ago, I launched this blog with three questions about the work of nonprofits, philanthropy, and government: 1.Are we making enough of a […]
Sep 23, 2019

Balancing Individual and Institutional Responsibility

What does it actually mean to have a social contract for the 21st century? That's the question I found myself asking after speaking with Kevin Dowling. You met him in another recent post, although not by name. He and I first crossed paths at a Future of Work event at which I was a panelist, where he told me about his experience going from high school to culinary school but ended up dropping out with debt, depression,
Jul 15, 2019

What Might $500 Do?

Those of you who have been reading my blog know that I've been calling for a new social contract, one that puts more people on a lifelong pathway to success, aimed at realizing...
May 20, 2019

If We Can Imagine It, We Can Build It

In last week's blog post, I wrote about the discussion I had with Susannah Morgan, the CEO at Oregon Food Bank. I shared her fundamental mindset shift in how she approaches her work, from doing for
May 13, 2019

Not Doing For, But Doing With

Recently, I had a discussion with Susannah Morgan, the CEO at Oregon Food Bank. Susannah's in her twenty-third year in and around food banking, twenty of which have been in leadership roles.
Apr 8, 2019

To What End? Part 3

Are we making enough of a difference? Are we making the right kind of difference? When those of us working to improve peoples livesbe it through nonprofits, philanthropy, schools, or government
Apr 1, 2019

To What End? Part 2

This is the second post in a three-part series on the critical questions that have been informing all my thinking about the worknonprofits, philanthropy, and government do
Mar 25, 2019

To What End? Part 1

For the past year, Ive been asking people from all walks of life what success looks like. Ive done this because, from my vantage point, it seems reaching just a basic level of success is becoming more