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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/

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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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OK, Boomer!

1/20/20 - In my blog post closing out 2019, I revisited the question I posed in March when I first launched this Finding Common Purpose blog: To what end? The question is so central, so important, that it cannot be asked too much. I’m starting out my 2020 posts by posing it again, in the context of where the blog is heading...

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School is the Means—A Good Paying Job Should Be the End

12/23/19 - To what end? That’s the question I posed back in March when I launched the blog Finding Common Purpose. It’s a question I continue to pose to myself and to the tens of thousands of nonprofit organizations, myriad government programs at the federal, state, county, and municipal levels, thousands of foundations...

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Raising College Graduation Rates: A Conversation with Dana Dunn of UNCG

12/9/19 - For the past several posts, I’ve been exploring one particular span of the pathway to lifelong success: the transition from high school to college or some other post-secondary education/training and on the way to a good-paying job.

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Why Do So Many Low-Income College Students Drop Out? A Conversation with Patrick Rametti, Director of College Completion at Uncommon Schools: Part II

11/18/19 - My last post, “It’s the Academics Stupid!,” introduced Patrick Rametti, Director of College Completion at Uncommon Schools—an organization that manages 54 nonprofit, charter public schools, kindergarten through high school, in urban locations in ...

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It’s the Academics, Stupid! A Conversation with Patrick Rametti, Director of College Completion at Uncommon Schools: Part I

11/4/2019 - Do you know that 38% of undergraduates are at public two-year colleges? That of the remaining 62%, three-fourths attend four-year public colleges and universities? Or that overall, only 11% of students from the lowest-income quartile graduate within six years—and that 40% never finish?

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Whiteness Opens Doors: A Discussion with David Delmar Senties, Part II

10/21/19 - When David Delmar Senties faces hurdles to get more companies on board as employers of Resilient Coders graduates, his “whiteness” allows him to jump over them. I ended my last blog post with a promise to tell you the details.

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