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Six Things Social Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs
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Though I wrote most of my college papers on a Mac, I haven't been an avid consumer of Apple products. Yet last night I found myself riveted to the computer, reading the passion pour forth from so many that have been touched by Steve Jobs.Read more

The Week in Social Capital

Our week started by organizing a vigil on 9/11, followed by three days of training for our new AmeriCorps team. But it was a big week in the broader world of social capital and civic engagement too, with several important new studies released. Unfortunately, the timing didn't allow us to get to the National Conference on Citizenship, but we followed virtually the new information coming out. Here's a recap of some of the important recent social capital news:

Guardian of Democracy: This follow-up report to the Civic Mission of Schools underscores the importance of effective civic learning for our democracy and young people's development. Not surprisingly, there is a lot of work to be done here. This report is a good starting point.Read more

Media Coverage of Woburn Unites Vigil

No surprise that the news media was out in full force in Woburn this past Tuesday when gunfire was exchanged between jewelry  store robbers and the police, wounding one officer. I was pleased to see that they were back in Woburn yesterday to provide coverage of the way our community came together through the Woburn Unites vigil. Hundreds turned out for this event organized in just a few short days. As I said last night, "When faced with adversity, Woburn unites!".

Here are some links to the coverage of the event we've come across so far:

"Candlelight Vigil Held for Woburn Policeman", WCVB Boston TV News

"Woburn Unites over Tragedies", NECN TV News

"Woburn Unites for Moving Ceremony" Woburn Patch article and photo galleryRead more

Joining Neighbors Once Again to Observe 9/11

Despite it being a particularly hectic week, I couldn't let the 10th anniversary of 9/11 go by without sharing some brief thoughts on its connection to our work at Social Capital Inc. I was beginning to formulate the idea for SCI in the summer of 2011, and the 9/11 attacks provided impetus to move forward in two important ways. First, 9/11 served as a stark remimder of life's fragility. My takeaway from that was to appreciate each moment but also reinforced the notion that one must act upon one's passions and dreams in the limited time we have. I had an idea that seemed important, and it was time to go for it!Read more

Is it time for a new CCC?

It's all about jobs these days. As President Obama prepares to release a new jobs proposal shortly after Labor Day, plenty of people have been weighing in on what it should look like. A New York Times editorial this week suggested a job proposal should include expansion of AmeriCorps, so I thought I should weigh in on the topic.

For a few weeks, CNN analyst and former Presidential advisor David Gergen has been Tweeting about the need for bold action on jobs, and suggesting that "Obama must take lessons from FDR -- pull in best minds in US, rally us as people, and experiment urgently on jobs."Read more

Community Assets and Perception

Yesterday Sandy Maxey and I were exchanging Tweets about the merits of taking an asset-based approach to community and economic development. As I said to Sandy, when facilitating community planning, we usually start by asking people to talk about assets they see in the community. Even when it's a simple icebreaker at the beginning of a meeting, I'll often ask people to share something they like about their community along with their basic name/where I'm from info.

One reason for this approach is the simple premise that building on strengths is a good strategy. In addition, getting people to share their passions and interests facilitates relationship building. I may never have met Russ, but if we both enjoy walking at Horn Pond, that gives us a bit of common ground to start from. Read more

Bringing Virtual Friends Together with Tweetups

At SCI, we seek to put information on people's screens that encourages them to get out into the community. Thus it should come as no surprise that we are helping to organize some local Tweetups this summer.

Tweetups bring people using Twitter and other social media tools together around a common theme.  For instance, I joined fellow Red Sox fans at the first official #redsoxtweetup earlier this spring.  It was a great time, mingling with fellow fans who enjoy Tweeting about their favorite baseball team and other subjects.  Oh yes, the enjoyment was enhanced when with the help of my 5 year old I Tweeted the correct answer to a quiz question and won a Kevin Youkilis signed bat! Read more

Woburn Tweet-up

Are you a Twitter user living and/or working in Woburn? Come help us organize the first-ever Woburn Tweetup Monday evening, June 27, 5:30 p.m. at the Beacon Grille.  The reastaurant is locatated at 400 Trade Center, see their website for details http://www.thebeacongrille.com/.  

So what's a Tweetup, you may ask? Basically, it's a chance for people who use this social media tool to meet in person, and they are usually organized around a common interest.  For instance, I attended the first Red Sox Tweet-Up at Fenway Park earlier this spring.  

Monday we'll be brainstorming on how to make our first Woburn Tweetup fun and successful.  We hope to enlist people who can help spread the word in their networks.  Leave a comment here or Tweet me @DC_Woburn if you plan to attend and/or have questions.  This article on organizing Tweetups has useful background info: http://mashable.com/2009/02/25/tweetup/.
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The Week in Social Capital

The past week was one in which there were many interesting things to read and share related to our mission at Social Capital Inc.  Each of these probably warrants its own post; but I will consolidate here in the interest of time!  Each bullet point leads off with a link to the resource summarized here.

*Five Strategies to Revive Civic Communication Tip to paper authors: include SCI as a model in your paper and it will get priority mention here! This paper by Peter Levine is one of a series from the Aspen Institute that elaborates on the ideas initially proposed by the Knight Commission Informing Communities report. Peter's first recommendation is to create a national Civic Communication Corps, and includes a profile of SCI's AmeriCorps team as a model for the idea (see p. 18 for that part).  The paper opens with a good framing of the important role information plays in civic life, and some of the challenges posed by the changing media landscape. Read more

Pairing Good Food, Wine and Conversation

The Group getting food at the Wine PairingFood is a great way to bring people together, and enjoying some good wine along with the food doesn't hurt conversation either! We definitely put together the ingredients for a fun event last night at the Griffin Museum in Winchester.  Read more

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