Finding Common Purpose
Is a Universal Basic Income a Key Ingredient?
6/17/19 - When I ponder the to-what-end question that has motivated so much of what I’ve written since launching this blog a few months back, and particularly when I’m working on one of the many projects Root Cause is involved with, I sometimes find myself thinking about...
“I don’t subscribe to the notion that these two things are tradeoffs.”
6/3/19 - “Which would you want for your own child: a backpack … or reading proficiency?” I posed that question as part of a three-post series a few weeks back; taken together, parts 1, 2, and 3 encapsulate my thinking about the key question I want to inspire readers...
“If We Can Imagine It, We Can Build It”: Susannah Morgan Interview, Part II
5/20/19 - In last week’s blog post, I wrote about the discussion I had with Susannah Morgan, the CEO at Oregon Food Bank. I shared her “fundamental mindset shift” in how she approaches her work, from “doing for” to “doing with” the people she serves.
“Not Doing For, But Doing With”: An Interview with Susannah Morgan of Oregon Food Bank, Part I
5/13/19 - Recently, I had a discussion with Susannah Morgan, the CEO at Oregon Food Bank. Susannah’s in her twenty-third year “in and around food banking,” twenty of which have been in leadership roles. She started out as executive assistant at the San Francisco Food Bank. After that, she moved to Boston...
Are We Just More Comfortable at 30,000 Feet?
5/6/19 - It’s a rather typical activity nonprofits and foundations do from time to time: hold a one-day strategic planning retreat to get to know one another better, exchange ideas, and set some goals. I’ve facilitated many of them over the years, and have found that they often try to do too much and so have difficulty leading to tangible next steps.
Data: To What End?
4/29/19 - In early March, Fast Company published an article that describes how three U.S. cities have essentially ended all chronic homelessness, and another nine have ended veteran homelessness. It’s all part of a national program called Built for Zero that uses a data-based approach to help officials figure out exactly who needs what services.