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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

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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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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