Mergers and Madison

Mergers and Madison

I just published a new op-ed in the Huffington Post, titled “The Most Important Word for Nonprofits: MERGER” and it accomplished everything I had hoped, and more. The article itself presents a few ways in which using collective resources could muster better economies of scale for the sector…but the real experiment for me was how the title itself would be received. Simply put…the nonprofit sector should be a powerful, vital, recognized force in America…but it isn’t. Much of this is due to our subservient nature, born of decades of relying on the extra our society… Continue reading »

Tavis Smiley’s Message for Nonprofits

Tavis Smiley’s Message for Nonprofits

Over the years, we’ve had lots of cool visitors. Grameen Bank Founder Muhammad Yunis, Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges, MC5 Founder Wayne Kramer, El Bulli chef Ferran Adrià….but the house was certainly shaking when Tavis Smiley and Dr Cornell West rode through on their Poverty Tour (with members of the DC activist/hip-hop group, Cornell West Theory) The students and staff LOVED our time together….and I grabbed Tavis to talk a little bit about the role of nonprofits in the political process. Tweet

Response to Rush

Response to Rush

Last week, Rush Limbaugh crossed a crazy line. Now, I know he’s a showman. He’s running a business, and ratings are key, so you really do have to take what he’s says with a HUGE grain….but when he refereed to nonprofits as “lazy idiots” and “rapists of the economy”…well, that demanded a reply. So…I walked around our neighborhood, recorded 4 short segments on a flip-cam and had them edited together into this little gem….which has already been getting some play across America (15,000 hits so far). So, on behalf of nonprofit people everywhere, here in… Continue reading »

Will Weird Austin Set the Norm?

Will Weird Austin Set the Norm?

Well…of all the city’s to break the mayor forum mold, it had to be Austin. Organized by the Austin Area Human Services Association the event drew all the candidates for mayor, as well as the candidates for the city council. The cool part—all their questions and a podcast of the candidate’s responses will soon be online. THIS is part of the V3 campaigns long range plan–to make the questions asked at each forum, as well as the replies, available for any and all to learn from or emulate. But El Paso is not far behind…. Continue reading »

Making Noise with Class 20 and the Librarians

Making Noise with Class 20 and the Librarians

I love the road. It can be rough and it can be righteous, but either way, I love being out and about, particularly with people who roll around in it for a living, like I do. First stop on this adventure, one of my favorite spots in the greater DC-NYC corridor—Newark, DE, and the Food Bank up there, run by my chum of chums, Pat Beebe. From some of my writings and interviews, some might come to the conclusion that I’ve got a jones against food banks. Not at all….I just don’t dig old ideas… Continue reading »