It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

– Teddy Roosevelt, “The Man In the Arena”, 1910

2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the launch of the Case Foundation and of our commitment to invest in people and ideas that can change the world. Jean and Steve Case kicked off the year with a letter noting the relevance of Teddy Roosevelt’s 1910 speech on the work that the Case Foundation has and will do, stating “As we look back, it’s hard not to see that the common key to all of our efforts has been pushing ourselves and others to challenge assumptions and take risks. We have challenged ourselves and others to get off the sidelines and “get into the arena” to address our most pressing challenges.”

And that is why the Case Foundation has dedicated pour 20th Anniversary Year to calling on all to Get In the Arena.  We are highlighting lessons we have learned over the past 20 years and those who are joining us in taking action on the issues they care about. A few examples of our efforts:

How We Get In the Arena

It's Time to Get In The Arena

A special letter from Jean and Steve Case celebrating 20 years of the Case Foundation.

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Getting In the Arena: Good Ideas and Innovations Often Come From Unexpected Places

While news reports focus on the power of Silicon Valley, we’ve found great ideas and innovators in places others overlook.

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Getting in the Arena: Digital Divide, Then and Now

To bring the lessons we've learned through our work on the digital divide to life, we have to go back more than 20 years…

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External Resources

For those looking for opportunities and inspiration to Get In The Arena, here are a number of ideas to consider: