Asha Curran, chief innovation officer at the 92nd Street Y and director of its Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact, discussed the evolution of the grassroots giving movement at our 2018 Data on Purpose conference.
Input from Boston residents changed Union Capital Boston’s rewards program from providing specific material goods to distributing cash in exchange for doing volunteer activities. It also drove the creation of networking events for members. Part of a series produced for SSIR with the support of the Hewlett Foundation.
How philanthropy can support low-income families to build powerful networks and craft policy solutions that reduce poverty in the United States.
If a “good” is held to be common, then surely that decision must come from community. Too often the community’s role is unexamined in this regard, but the intentionality of one Native culture in defining and protecting the common good might serve as an example to us all.
Framing the opioid epidemic as a crisis and an individual problem obscures the power of prevention and society’s role in promoting it.
Discourse and dialogue have always been the hallmarks of civil society, but when the power of government is used systematically to divide and exclude, it is the stinging conversations and actions at the leading edge of civil society that will reestablish the democratic ideals of an equitable democracy.
In both the conservative and progressive imagination, civil society is valued—for opposite reasons—as an arbiter between the individual and the national state. But by viewing civil society as the core of America’s social life, we can see our way toward a politics that might overcome some of the dysfunctions of our day.