Never Mind the Bullocks, Social E in the UK

Never Mind the Bullocks, Social E in the UK

I’m just back from a great (albeit short) speaking gig over in Birmingham, England, at Voice 09, a stellar event sponsored by the UK’s Social Enterprise Coalition. This was my second speaking gig in the UK, the previous being at the first Social Enterprise World Forum, held last year in Edinburgh. And like that previous journey, I was once again blown away by what I learned. I was equally thrilled to be in the musical city of Birmingham, home of Sabbath, Judas Priest, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, UB40, Steel Pulse and Duran Duran (for those of… Continue reading »

A Wild Ride in West Palm

A Wild Ride in West Palm

I have spent a lot of time in a lot of states and cities, and for some reason, I have been rolling south to southern Florida a lot in the past few months. This time I wheeled into West Palm Beach, where I spent quite a bit of time during my golden youth, visiting my grandparents. This time, I was invited to speak to the local chapter of the Fundraising Professionals, but (as always) I put my skirt out there with an offer to work it for anybody who asked. Four did….so I spoke at… Continue reading »

Rocking with the American Humanics Squad

Rocking with the American Humanics Squad

On January 4, 1965, during his State of the Union Address, Lyndon Johnson outlined his vision for the Great Society, which included a declaration of “war on poverty”. On the 44th anniversary of that auspicious act, I spoke with close to 1,000 college students, instructors and nonprofit colleagues at the annual American Humanics conference in Indianapolis. Talk about a solid way to usher in a bold new year…and talk about a wildly motivated cohort of future leaders. I tell you what, I’ve spoken all over the country, and flat out— this upcoming generation is our… Continue reading »

The Bottom Line in ‘Bama

The Bottom Line in ‘Bama

Tuskegee Institute Birmingham I just got back from my second trip down to Alabama in less than two weeks. Don’t ask me how that got scheduled, but I was in Auburn (and Tuskegee) last week, and then I rolled into Birmingham this week. I’ve learned a ton in my visits to the south over the past few years, and I’ve grown quite respectful of the rich heritage of the south, and I have come to admire their efforts to build a shared vision for the future. Many of these cities have a rough road ahead—too… Continue reading »

McCain-Obama Service Nation Forum Sheesh—that’s all you got!!!!

McCain-Obama Service Nation Forum Sheesh—that’s all you got!!!!

I don’t know about you, but I was pretty bummed by last nights limited dialogue about service. Really—millions of regular folks are OUT THERE, right now, all over America, rolling up their sleeves and kicking ass. In every university, 90% of the freshman class have performed community service—many for over 5 years. 80 Million Boomers are rolling down the road and they are ready to contribute time, energy and ideas. Come on, people…let’s get this organized and ROAR forward as a country. Please. If you want to be part of making that happen–join the V3… Continue reading »