May 2010

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If you're like me, and enjoy watching charming men with British accents cook, you've probably been watching Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution — a weekly show following one man's relentless drive to change how America feeds its children.

Watching Jamie's "revolution", I've been reminded of the struggles that leaders face when trying to make substantial change happen — both inside their organizations and out in the world.  For not-for-profits and their leaders, change is a double-edged sword.  It is our ultimate goal.  And yet we know it rarely happens quickly or easily — and it often makes people...

Since hosting the 2010 Olympics, all levels of government have showed renewed interest in volunteerism. Locally and nationally, our elected representatives are convening conversations, seeking recommendations, and considering how to protect and encourage this valuable "natural resource."

We suggest they could begin by asking a fundamentally different question. It would be far more productive to consider "how can we increase the impact of volunteers, not-for-profit organizations, and the sector as a whole?" Not surprisingly, once we begin to consider the right question, the answer appears much...

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