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Insights: Finding Common Purpose

About This Blog

In Finding Common Purpose, I will be exploring important—indeed, fundamental—questions about the work Root Cause and others engage in, focused on whether our efforts are making enough of a difference in the context of ensuring lifelong success for individuals, families, and communities from healthy birth to a quality education, a well-paying job, and healthy and secure aging.

I see this blog as kind of self-interrogation in which I pose these questions in public, think out loud about the answers, and encourage a conversation with you, the reader, as well as through interviews with people from government, nonprofits, the business sector, philanthropies, and communities nationwide.

Finding Common Purpose is born of the same culture of inquiry and commitment to continuous learning and improvement that has shaped Root Cause’s practice for fifteen years and grounds our mission today. My aim is for us to consider, together, what our Common Purpose really is. A starting point is a firm belief that what we have all been building over the past decades can be harnessed in the twenty-first century as a major force to help bridge the growing divisiveness in American society and enable more people to achieve lifelong success.

I welcome your participation as a reader and encourage your comments.  Click here to follow the blog.

Andrew Wolk is the founder & CEO of Root Cause.

Finding Common Purpose

Working within the System: A Conversation about Challenges and Opportunities with Bob Giannino of uAspire

4/15/19 - As the work of a nonprofit or government program shows more and more promise, and whatever specific thing that organization does to serve people measures up well, it’s often the case that the issue of scale is raised. How can the work be expanded?

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Finding Common Purpose

To What End? Part 3

4/8/19 - Are we making enough of a difference? Are we making the right kind of difference? When those of us working to improve people’s lives—be it through nonprofits, philanthropy, schools, or government—begin our different kinds of work, do we ask the critical question: To what end?

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Finding Common Purpose

To What End? Part 2

4/1/19 - This is the second post in a three-part series on the critical questions that have been informing all my thinking about the work we do—whether we’re making enough of a difference and the right kind of difference—all in the context of to what end.  

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Finding Common Purpose

To What End? Part I

3/25/19 - For the past year, I’ve been asking people from all walks of life what “success” looks like. I’ve done this because, from my vantage point, it seems reaching just a basic level of success is becoming more and more difficult for a growing number of people in our communities across the United States of America...

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