NO “Marketplace for Love”, Mr. Pollota.

We need to do it differently, and that much is agreed upon. However, that’s about it. Another white guy wants to sell nonprofits better. Earlier this week I watched a video of Dan Pollota‘s recent talk at the 2013 TED conference. Hoping it was another version of INCITE‘s absolutely powerfully essential book, The Revolution WillContinue reading “NO “Marketplace for Love”, Mr. Pollota.”

Neoliberalism in Youth Programs

Democracy is a practical, hands-on approach to operating our society. Everyday, every young person can contribute to the health and well-being of themselves, their families, their neighborhoods, the nation, and the world. That’s the power of democracy today: More than ever before, it’s changing the world. But there are forces trying to undo democracy. RightContinue reading “Neoliberalism in Youth Programs”

Privatizing Afterschool, and Privatizing Society

I just read about a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives, H.R. 3498, that will expedite the process of privatizing afterschool activities across the country. This greatly concerns me as a career-long youth worker, as an advocate for nonprofit social services, and as a lowercase “d” democrat. Let me begin by suggesting that inContinue reading “Privatizing Afterschool, and Privatizing Society”

Lessons Learned: Money Matters

I find myself increasingly ready to openly reflect on my experience of starting a formal nonprofit organization and having to fold it after just three years. While CommonAction had a vibrant run, I still find myself a little bit stung; however, out of that sentiment comes some learning I want to share. This post isContinue reading “Lessons Learned: Money Matters”