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
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
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
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
Today’s Chicago Tribune devoted the front page and two full inside pages on a story showing the impact of shootings in Chicago. Included was an interactive map at http://chicagotribune.com/shootings… that you can click on to understand the number of people shot in Chicago in the first six months of 2013 – 1,043. Continue reading
As you read the article I posted earlier today about philanthropy…, I encourage you to view this video and imagine how volunteers, staff, students in non-school tutor/mentor programs in poverty neighborhoods can bring this form of learning to youth who may never get this from the public or charter school in their neighborhood. Continue reading
I apologize for another long post. However, I’m trying to tie several streams of thought together. I hope you’ll follow and add your own thinking.
Last Sunday I read an article in the Chicago Tribune… titled “Pope wants more focus on poor.” I’ve been working on a story about this all week. Continue reading
I’ve been collecting business cards for more than 20 years. While I have three full Rolodex files I also have cardboard boxes with hundreds, or thousands, of cards representing people who I’ve lost contact with. I keep these with hope that some researcher will want to do an analysis of the network I’ve been building to show how others might duplicate this effort.… Continue reading