Food for Thought

Food for Thought

I’ve been on quite a roll of late. As much as I should write a follow-up to my 2004 book, Begging for Change, I can’t help but agree when folks call asking for a blog entry or op-ed. Long story short….I keep giving away my ideas. Most recently, I agreed to help my super chum, Nell Edgington, who runs the Social Velocity blog. I adore Nell…when most “thought leaders” thought supporting nonprofit political advocacy would lead to their children being stolen in the night by a commando squad made up of agents from the IRS,… Continue reading »

On Leadership & Change

On Leadership & Change

In the last few weeks, I’ve had quite a few opportunities to speak about my own experiments in leadership, as well as the lack of leadership that plagues the nonprofit sector. By far, my favorite is an interview I did for Idealist – The nonprofit leadership crisis we’re not talking about: Interview with Robert Egger. It’s got pretty good play out in nonprofitland, and it’s loaded with patented lines, including this bon mot, aimed at some of the “leaders” who talk endlessly from the safety of the pier, when the action is on the boat…. Continue reading »

Boomers, Food and Innovation

Boomers, Food and Innovation

I’ve been comparing notes with the folks at the Milken Institute, and they have once again opened their doors to me, this time giving me a fine platform, in their Currency of Ideas blog, to continue to explore ways in which food and aging could, should, and MUST drive innovation in the philanthropic arena. I hope you dig it, and consider sharing it with others…or reaching out to share ideas. I am 100% open-source, so I’m always happy to trade in what for others might be trade secrets. It’s titled Boomers, Food and Innovation. I… Continue reading »

Jobs, Not Services

Jobs, Not Services

Any local nonprofit leader in Los Angeles who read the release of “A Time for Truth”, the 2020 Commission’s long anticipated report on the city’s economic future, could be forgiven for packing his or her bags and fleeing town. The lead paragraph from the L.A. Times front-page article pretty much sums it up: “Los Angeles is a city facing economic decline, weighed down by poverty, strangled by traffic and suffering from a crisis of leadership, according to a report released Wednesday by a 13-member panel of influential civic leaders.” It went on to report…. “The Los… Continue reading »

A Joyous Reunion

A Joyous Reunion

Anybody in the direct service world knows the joy of the unexpected return of the prodigal client…that person who had it all together, who had triumphed over incalculable odds, but who flames out/self-destructs at the last moment…and then wanders back into the wilderness of drugs, prison or the street. You sigh…you pray…you jump into the next crisis…and weeks, months and even years can drift by when, suddenly, they show up…clean, confident and full of thanks for the journey. Another variation of that happened to me. I was visiting Freshology last Friday, a great high-end meal… Continue reading »