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Jul
15
2013
Last summer, Jackie Yeh looked for ways to give back to her community. Then 13, she was disappointed in how difficult it was for people under 18, so she did what almost any teen would – turned to the Internet. “I thought, ‘How could I connect teens...
Jun
26
2013
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In the early days of the Case Foundation, I had the fortunate experience of getting to know Alan Khazei and Michael Brown, the bright, young founders of City Year. Their passionate vision and drive to strengthen the culture of service to others in...
Jun
24
2013
Could Michael R. Bloomberg save Athens? That thought was in the air as Athens’s mayor, Giorgos Kaminis, spent an hour at City Hall on Wednesday with Mayor Bloomberg’s head of volunteer services, Diahann Billings-Burford. Traditionally, volunteerism...
Jun
24
2013
In 2012 National Geographic Traveler magazine announced their new Travelers of the Year initiative. The honorees were a group of fearless boundary breakers who explored the world with passion and purpose, inspiring others to expand their horizons,...
Jun
21
2013
When it comes to politics, how engaged are you? With more demands on our time, attention span, and energy, it should come as no surprise that political and community engagement appears at a low point.
Jun
17
2013
Yesterday was #GivingTuesday, the hashtag powered day of charity that is designed to follow the pre-holiday shopping bacchanals of Black Friday and the more arriviste Cyber Monday with 24 hours of people-powered philanthropy. In short: buy, buy some...
Jun
17
2013
Active citizenship means people getting involved in their local communities and democracy at all levels, from towns to cities to nationwide activity. Active citizenship can be as small as a campaign to clean up your street or as big as educating...
Jun
14
2013
A provocative mix of the new Silicon Valley establishment, politicos, activists, new media practitioners, academics and fledgling online entrepreneurs came together last week at the 10th annual Personal Democracy Forum. Among the speakers and...
Jun
14
2013
David Brooks, the New York Times columnist, wrote a column (New York Times, May 20) discussing a study on the frequency of word usage made possible by new search tools developed by Google. It revealed that over the past 48 years frequency of use of...
Jun
13
2013
What began as a protest to save a park from being demolished in Istanbul’s historic city center, Taksim, has become a movement that can reshape the concept of citizenship in Turkey. The crowd today comprises individuals, each distinctive and in...
Jun
07
2013
Think about the last time you volunteered your time and talents to an important effort or cause. How did it make you feel? With the busy lives we lead, just the thought of volunteering might seem overwhelming, but in reality it could be very...
Jun
06
2013
Let's face it: As much as we try to make everything equal for our children these days (yes, honey, everyone gets a trophy at the Little League championship!), there are some kids who just stand out. Take this guy, for example: Real-life Doogie...

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