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The Week in Service Highlights

Posted by ServeNext Staff on April 5, 2011

Check out some interesting articles from the past week related to national service:

1.) The Harvard Business Review featured a great blog post about Teach for America as an “educational entrepreneurial incubator”. A study titled “Creating a Corps of Change Agents” analyzed the career histories of founders and top-level management at organizations considered entrepreneurial in education. The findings indicated that TFA was overly-represented in the career histories of this group. The blog post explains further why this is not simply a result of TFA’s size and recruitment of individuals with leadership potential, so be sure to check it out for more details!

2.) About a month ago, we blogged about the growing encore career movement. On April 5, Marc Freedman, CEO and Founder of Civic Ventures released his book The Big Shift detailing the rise of the concept of the “encore” stage of life and the ways that society is changing to accommodate the large number of adults who are beginning a new career once they’ve retired. An excerpt from The Big Shift was featured on Salon.com and has been generating buzz among people of all ages.

3.) A new nonprofit called Palindrome Advisors has reached out to technology and business leaders such as Google, Twitter, and Apple to sign the “Palindrome Pledge.” By signing, these leaders vow to lend their donation and management to expertise to nonprofits. According to the Wall Street Journal, it is “match.com for industry leaders and the boards of nonprofits”. There are already 100 executives signed up and not all from the technology industry, there is representation from government, energy, and entertainment sectors.

4.) Last week the United Way announced its new initiative to recruit 1 million volunteers as mentors, tutors, and readers to students. This is a part of a broader goal for the organization: to halve the nation’s 25-percent high-school dropout rate by 2018. Studies have found that the main reason people do not volunteer in their communities is because they do not feel connected. As a part of this new goal, the United Way will work to make it easier for people to volunteer within their communities.

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A list of books for driving community change

Posted by Zach Maurin on June 18, 2008

I subscribe to the list serv for Rich Harwood’s “Redeeming Hope Blog.”  It’s one of the more insightful and thoughtful blogs that I’ve come across.  

In the last email I received, Rich referenced a list of books that are great for community-driven consultants (and I would add, for active citizens).  I’ve read two of them, Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survice and Others Die and Good to Great and the Social Sectors: A Monograph to Accompany Good to Great.  Both are fantastic (though Made to Stick begins to fade about 2/3s through).

Here’s a link to the complete list that was created a gathering held by the Community-Driven Institute:http://hildygottlieb.com/2008/06/11/community-driven-consulting-book-list/.

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