Category Archives: Social Capital

Differences and the Work of Greatness in Our Democracy

If Secretary Clinton and President Obama can move on with grace and dignity as they did in their remarks yesterday, I certainly can move forward too. As President Obama noted, when he welcomes President-elect Trump to the White House today, … Continue reading

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#FoodDay2015 Reflections and Links

Sure, if you read my food and wine blog posts on Cooking Chat, much of the focus there is simply on the pure sensory delight of good food, and the aesthetic appeal of a well-presented plate.  Today being Food Day, … Continue reading

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How #Nonprofits Can Build Social Capital and Boost the Economy: May 3 Forum

Can nonprofits be the key to getting us out of the economic doldrums? The first Social Capital Forum was held on May 3 in Boston, providing a presentation on research suggesting areas with high concentrations of nonprofit organizations had lower … Continue reading

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Wendy Kopp Becoming TFA Board Chair: An Uncommon #Nonprofit Transition?

Earlier this week, Teach For America (TFA) announced that Wendy Kopp will be stepping down as its CEO. One can imagine that after founding TFA back in 1990, and growing the organization into an important contributor the education reform movement, … Continue reading

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7 Ways Social Media Can Deepen Community Connections

I paused to capture the first snowflakes falling on the red wooden footbridge, trying to highlight the contrast with somber grays and browns of the woods on this brisk first day of December. I’d share the photo as part of … Continue reading

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8 Thoughts on What Leaders Can Do Post Sandy Hook..and My Commitments

“Leadership is the inability to sit back and watch the world go to hell.”     Robert Burkhardt Now, I’m not a big fire and brimstone guy. But within the past two weeks, a man a few towns away from … Continue reading

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Getting a Boost from Becky’s Twitter Tips

I’ve been tweeting for over three years now, and have sent well over 20,000 tweets from my various accounts. Clearly I like Twitter and have placed a priority on it. When I saw that Becky Robinson had published an ebook … Continue reading

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In Defense of Food–and Community [Food Day Post]

Little did I know as I was rounding up ingredients for a locally focused meal last night that today is Food Day! As described here, Food Day intends to highlight the importance of healthy, affordable and sustainable food. We were … Continue reading

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We Ourselves Must Be the Change…

“We ourselves must be the change we want to see in the world.” I’m a big Gandhi fan (is anyone not?), and this is one of my favorite quotes, so I’m glad to see it cited a lot on and offline … Continue reading

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Social Capital Inc. Blog: Engaging with Foundations and Network Weaving

I was surprised to learn from a recent Center for Effective Philanthropy survey how few of my nonprofit colleagues are using social media to engage with funders. Several foundation leaders followed with thoughtful articles on the subject, so I thought … Continue reading

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