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?
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?
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.
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...
Are We Making the Right Kind of Difference?
3/18/19 - In my last blog post, I described how I have begun to ask myself whether the work we do is actually making enough of a difference to realize population-level change. For me and for our work at Root Cause, that requires making the right kind of difference in individual’s lives...
Are We Making Enough of a Difference?
3/11/19 - Back in 2011, Root Cause—the organization I founded, began a major project with the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA). If you’re not familiar, CBMA is the only national membership network solely committed to improving the life outcomes of Black men and boys...