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Finding Common Purpose

About This Blog

Finding Common Purpose is a blog about building a 21st Century Social Contract so that more people are born healthy, gain a quality education, secure a well-paying job, and live a healthy and secure life.  It is written by Andrew Wolk, founder & CEO of Root Cause. Read more on Andrew’s website: https://andrewwolk.com/blog/

Finding Common Purpose

Is This Our Guaranteed Income Moment?

5/25/2020 - What do Pope Francis, Richard Nixon, Martin Luther King, Jr., Charles Murray, and Andrew Yang all have in common? They have all advocated for some form of guaranteed income as a critical way to help people get on and stay on what I call the Pathway to Lifelong Success.

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5 Disruptive Innovations for the Social Sector

5/4/2020 - I've been giving a lot of thought lately to something Rahm Emanuel, former Obama chief of staff, said about the 200809 financial meltdown: "Never allow a good crisis go to waste. It's an opportunity to do the things you once thought were impossible.

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Respond→Recover→Reframe

4/20/2020 - The New York Times began a series last week titled The America We Need. It began with “The coronavirus pandemic may have reminded Americans that they’re all in it together.

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In this Time of Crisis, Our Sector Shows It’s Essential

4/6/20 - A little over a year ago, I wrote, “I cannot help but believe that nonprofits, philanthropy, and government can harness all our good work as a major force to help bridge this divisiveness and advance the country through the twenty-first century.”

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We Must Replace Job with Basic Income as Our Sector’s Primary Measure

3/20/20 - Crises reveal vulnerabilities in societies more than anything else. The outbreak of COVID-19 is already uncovering just how wrongheaded the United States has been about what it takes for people to get by each day and how what we’ve always used to measure success, having a job, is horribly flawed...

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Outcomes, Indicators, and Targets, Oh My!

3/9/20 - In 2002, 30 percent of fourth-grade students in the United States were reading at or above proficiency levels. Seventeen years later, in 2019, that number had risen only to 36 percent. In some places, it has actually declined. Frankly, I am horrified ...

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A Confederacy of Dysfunctions

2/17/20 - “A system rife with dysfunctions that prevent us from making the kind of population-level change and reduction in disparities we desperately want to achieve…” That’s how I characterized what I and others call the Nonprofit Industrial Complex in my previous blog post. These dysfunctions in the massive mix...

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