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Maya Enista: Utne Visionary

By October 19, 2009

By John Esterle The Utne Reader has published their annual list of “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World” and Maya Enista, CEO of TWI grantee,, is among them. Congratulations, Maya! As I went down the list of the other 49 visionaries without recognizing a single one, I couldn’t help but think of the…

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21st Century Skills

By October 15, 2009

By John Esterle Mark Wilding, Executive Director of The PassageWorks Institute (a TWI grantee) has written an insightful post on “21st Century Education from the Inside Out” that makes the case for moving beyond polarized debates within education (e.g. skills vs. content, discipline vs. an open heart; ends vs. means) if all of our kids…

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Harvard Decision Making Lab

By October 14, 2009

By John Esterle I had a fun “aha” moment when I was noodling around and discovered The Harvard Decision Making Lab, which was founded less than a year ago. They’re studying all kinds of interesting stuff around the science of decisions, with a particular interest in the role of emotions in decision making. And the…

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Social Media Storytelling: Seeing and Thinking Differently

By October 7, 2009

By John Esterle Continuing the thread about the power of stories, check out Kari Dunn Saratovsky’s brief interview with Mark Horvath on the Social Citizens blog at The Case Foundation. It offers a brief, compelling, primer of how social media can be a powerful storytelling tool to make the invisible visible (in this case homelessness)….

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Inside Stories

By September 28, 2009

By John Esterle It seems more and more of us in the public benefit sector are thinking and talking about the power of stories to connect and inform, to spark dialogue and action, to shift perspectives and policy. And with this talk comes familiar questions: How do we tell our story? How do we get…

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