2013 Penn Summer Fellows Program (for doctoral students)

“Apply now for the 2013 Penn Summer Fellows Program The University of Pennsylvania’s Nonprofit Leadership (NPL) Program invites doctoral students everywhere to apply for the 2013 Penn Summer Fellowship Program. Facilitated by Peter Frumkin, Professor of Social Policy and Director of Penn’s NPL Program, the seminar will explore emerging issues in the world of nonprofit organizations, voluntary action, philanthropy and international civil society. The program will be held June 3-28, 2013 at The University of Pennsylvania. Students are expected to submit a draft research paper that they would like to refine and prepare for publication during the program. Housing in … Continue reading 2013 Penn Summer Fellows Program (for doctoral students)

Leadership

At the ARNOVA meetings Tom Polack of the National Center for Charitable Statistics at the Urban Institute began talking about a new project he is working on to set up community partnerships in various settings around the country using what he calls “community platforms”.  You’ll have to email Tom to gain a fuller understand of what he means (he has documentation that he has shared with me but that is not yet posted on the Urban Institute web site).  One of my longstanding interests has been in setting up partnerships among nonprofit leaders to create a regional, mutually supportive network … Continue reading Leadership

“Reaching for a New Deal: President Obama’s Agenda and the Dynamics of U.S. Politics” reports available on the Russell Sage Foundation website

The Russell Sage Foundation has made available downloadable reports written by sociologists and political scientists concerning “Reaching for a New Deal: President Obama’s Agenda and the Dynamics of U.S. Politics.” An excerpt from the website: “The project presented here (full papers available for download below) provides a detailed and sweeping set of assessments of the accomplishments, limits, and political dramas of the first two years of Barack Obama’s presidency during the 111th Congress. With support from the Foundation, political scientists Theda Skocpol (Harvard University) and Lawrence Jacobs (University of Minnesota) formed a working group on President Obama’s Agenda and the … Continue reading “Reaching for a New Deal: President Obama’s Agenda and the Dynamics of U.S. Politics” reports available on the Russell Sage Foundation website

Doing Democracy-Publication from The Kettering Foundation

Doing Democracy, a new publication from The Kettering Foundation, examines a burgeoning network of organizations inventing new forms  of community renewal and citizenship education. Their names vary—some call themselves public policy institutes, others centers for civic life—but they share a common methodology aimed at tackling tough public issues, strengthening communities, and nurturing people’s capacities to participate and make common cause.  This report examines the state of the network today, how it has evolved over the years, and what it has achieved. It also looks at how the centers carry out their activities, the varying orientations and essential practices that define their … Continue reading Doing Democracy-Publication from The Kettering Foundation

New section on “Altruism and Social Solidarity” forming in the American Sociological Association

Members of the American Sociological Association may be interested in joining a section-in-formation on “Altruism and Social Solidarity.” This website contains the mission statement, as well as downloadable PDFs of newsletters covering relevant research, archives available for study, sample syllabi, etc. Here’s an excerpt from the section’s mission statement: “Altruism and Social Solidarity The purpose of the section is to promote theoretical development and empirical research pertaining to altruism and social solidarity. In the broadest sense, this subject matter consists of activities intended to benefit the welfare of others. These activities span the micro-macro continuum, from individual, to interpersonal, to … Continue reading New section on “Altruism and Social Solidarity” forming in the American Sociological Association