Category Archives: Politics

A new era of service by Barack Obama

I am reproducing the entire text of an editorial by President Barack Obama that appeared on TIME Magazine’s website today.

It was a precursor to the news later in the day that one of the two pieces of Service based legislation – the GIVE Act – was passed with a strong bi-partisan majority of 321 to 105 in the House. The senate version of the bill – the Kennedy/Hatch Serve America Act – is awaiting final approval. If the two bills are finally reconciled and passed, they will, according to the New York Times, “be [the] largest expansion of government-sponsored service programs since President John F. Kennedy first called for the creation of a national community service corps in 1963.”

This is indeed a new era of Service

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Bill Drayton – Social Entrepreneurship’s Rock Star

I was lucky to attend the HBS SE Conf 10th Anniversary Keynote Panel.  The panel consisted of Bill Drayton, founder of Ashoka and granddaddy of social entrepreneurship, David Gergen, presidential advisor emeritus and ubiquitous political commentator, Jon Greenblatt, founder of Ethos water, and Clara Miller, CEO of Nonprofit fund. More on the panel in a later post.

The hall was packed. Over a thousand people filled the room, lined the wall and crowded the passageways. It was great to see the energy behind this. Continue reading

Now for something completely different!

I would like to digress for a moment from my blog’s theme to bring you this very important public service announcement.

Go out and vote.

If you think you cannot make it on Nov 4 – check if you can cast an early ballot. Many states accept early ballots.

CNN reports

Twenty-nine states were accepting early ballots as of Tuesday, and two more — New Jersey and Oklahoma — will begin accepting early ballots next week.

In North Carolina, which has developed into a battleground state, nearly 500,000 voters have cast absentee ballots, according to the State Board of Elections. Officials at the State Board of Elections expect to surpass numbers from the 2004 election, when 700,000 people voted early.

Officials in Houston, Texas, said more than 39,000 people voted on the first day of early voting Monday, nearly double the amount for the initial day in 2004, CNN affiliate KHOU-TV in Houston reported.

“This will be the election in which the most people have ever voted in an American election in the history of our country,”

Be a part of this historic turnout – go vote – whether you are Republican, Democrat, Green, Black or Blue !

Updated location for Sept 27 ServiceNation Day of Action

Updated news on change of location for Boston’s Day of Action on September 27th. Please see the message below from Katie Visco one of the organizers.
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Saturday’s predicted rain will not hinder the power of service, so…
The Boston Day of Action will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, just 2 blocks from the Common! Click HERE for a map.
The Boston Day of Action is unstoppable!  Despite the rain heading our way for this Saturday, this is going to be one AMAZING, landmark event!  Yes, that’s right, the Day of Action GOES ON, rain or shine, and we still need YOUR unstoppable passion, commitment, and energy to call upon an era of service.  This day will be soaked with inspiration (ha ha, get it?!) Continue reading

September 27 ServiceNation Day of Action

Twenty years ago, Alan Khazei started a youth movement in Boston called City Year, a service corps that helped inspire Americorps. Alan has since moved on to take his passion for citizen engagement forward and started another organization, Be the Change, Inc that strives to get citizens participating in the conversations, discussions and debates that affect us as a democracy. One of the initial programs of this organization is ServiceNAtion.org – a movement to promote a culture of service among Americans. Continue reading