UK Minister Tessa Jowell/Roundtable ReCap

UK Minister Tessa Jowell/Roundtable ReCap

Last Friday afternoon, the Kitchen was proud to host a roundtable (and live webcast) that featured local and national nonprofit leaders meeting with United Kingdom Minister for the Cabinet, Tessa Jowell. Minister Jowell was fresh from the Olympics in Vancouver (London will be hosting the Olympics in 2012) and she stopped in Washington to meet with people who could help her effort to “forward a policy agenda that supports the promotion of social inclusion through the development of third sector service delivery and a range of social enterprise models”. Here, as in the UK, Nonprofit/Third… Continue reading »

Two New Op-Eds

Two New Op-Eds

From Wonderful Washington, DC’s The Hill comes “Nonprofit Community Plays Key Role in our Economy” and from San Fran’s FINEST Blue Avocado, I present “Merging Nonprofit Voices into a Political Force”. More soon Tweet

Shut Up and Feed the Poor

Shut Up and Feed the Poor

Last September, when the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Citizen’s United vs. the FEC, I wrote a blog (A New Era of Political Equity) articulating what I felt would be the ramifications for nonprofits should the court decide that corporations have First Amendment, free speech rights akin to those of the individual. Yesterday’s decision, which “rejects limits of corporate spending on political campaigns” now insures that virtually everybody in America, along with corporations and unions, has the right to overtly advocate for, or against, a candidate or incumbent…except for America’s 1.4… Continue reading »

Merging Gray and Green

Merging Gray and Green

In my ongoing dialogue with DCCK’s “under 30” employees, as well as the ones I have with the countless students or young leaders I meet on my journeys, I am asked, more often than almost anything else, for the secrets of making real change happen. Last year, I wrote a blog about Unplugging (as in, from your IPod’s) so that you can really hear your community. I’m a 100% believer that you cannot be part of changing the world or your community if you don’t know your town, and that means living in it full-fuckin-tilt…. Continue reading »

An Op-Ed Writin, Road Dog’s Round Up of 2009

An Op-Ed Writin, Road Dog’s Round Up of 2009

We have a joke of sorts at the DC Central Kitchen. Every year we say to each other “it can’t p-o-s-s-i-b-l-y get better next year”. It always does. I can’t explain it. Sure we work hard…really hard. Sure we work the karma thing….with a capital K. And it was our 20th year in operation!!! But still…the tide of love that comes in twice daily over at 425 Second Street is almost beyond understanding. Consider the basics: During the year, we worked side x side w/over 11,000 volunteers (including the Secretary of Agriculture, who has some… Continue reading »