New Plan for Chicago – Join In

I’ve been following a Chicago Tribune series titled “A New Plan of Chicago” since last October when it was launched. Sunday’s article focuses on improving the lives of disadvantaged Chicagoans…. I encourage you to read it and other articles in this series and engage people in your own family, business and faith network in this process. Continue reading

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Following Bad News in Media with "Rest of Story"

If you read the Chicago Tribune… on February 7, 2014 you might have seen this story. Note where it says “there have been at least 11 other shootings withing four blocks since June 2011″. Have you seen any marches, or editorials, or visits by the Mayor mobilizing resources to change the conditions that cause these acts of violence? Continue reading

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Without Effective Leadership Same Problems Continue

Yesterday I wrote an article… pointing out how the Polk Bros retail stores used advertising to build attention and draw customers to their stores, and how they used events, sales promotions, give-aways, etc. to motivate customers to buy something when they came to those stores. Continue reading

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Lessons from Polk Bros – Power of Advertising!

On January 8 I attended the Polk Bros Foundation’s 25th Anniversary. I wrote about that in this article.

While leaving the event I was given a copy of a book titled “I Bought It at Polk Bros: The Story of an American Retailing Phenomenon…”. Continue reading

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Connecting a Million Minds around Complex Problems

As we head into 2014 I’m constantly reminded of how many thousands of people are already involved in some way in helping disadvantaged youth succeed in school, stay safe in non-school hours, connect with a caring adult mentor or tutor, and continue their movement toward adult roles and responsibilities. Continue reading

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A Collaboration of the Willing – Leading from the Behind

I’ve used this graphic dozens of times to illustrate a vision of engaging workplace volunteers in long-term strategies that help inner-city youth move from first grade to first jobs. I’ve created a library of graphics like this on Pinterest and posted a library of illustrated essays on Scribd.com…. Continue reading

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Pallotta TED talk. Discussion. Solutions.

In 2011 when I first read Dan Pallotta’s book, Uncharitable, I created a concept map to outline the chapters. After his TED talk… in spring 2013 I updated it with links to places on the Internet where this is being discussed. Continue reading

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Re-Cycling Good Ideas – Opportunity for Youth

I’ve written more than 1000 articles since 2005, and many from previous years are just as relevant now as they were when I wrote them. In the research section… of the Tutor/Mentor Connection library I point to more than 200 web sites with articles and research on poverty, drop out prevention, social capital, etc. Continue reading

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Continuing Philanthropy Club meeting in on-line discussions

Today’s Philanthropy Club of Chicago meeting featured Kate Cangemi, Program Officer, Community Health Initiatives, BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois. Yesterday I wrote about the Making Learning Connected MOOC… #CLMOOC that started a couple of weeks ago.

As I listened to Katie speak about the new Health Care Law and about how Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois reviews more than 250 grant applications each cycle I made a list of topics that I felt could be discussion points in MOOCs connecting the non profit sector, the philanthropy sector, community members and policy makers. Continue reading

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MOOCs "Not a Course. It’s a Collaboration"

Terry Elliot, one of the participants in the Making Learning Connected MOOC #CLMOOC that started a couple of weeks ago posted an article… today showing some of the people he’s connected with, including me. In the article he included a line saying “This is not a course, it is a collaboration.”

I’ve written articles about MOOCs and their potential for supporting the on-going learning of groups of people trying to solve complex problems, like inner city poverty and related issues. Continue reading

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