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The Measure of a Mayor

The New York Times: "When voters go the polls Tuesday to pick Chicago's first new mayor since the 1980s, they can reflect on a lively campaign that featured topics ranging from education and crime to whether one of the mayoral hopefuls had smoked crack.


"But one issue dwarfs all the others: like most local and state governments, City Hall is facing a gaping…


Added by Michael B. Romain on February 22, 2011 at 3:05pm — 1 Comment

Consistency in Funding: Toward a New Funding Model

These past few weeks of soliciting donations for TM/C's Mapping Solutions event have been an education of sorts. At times, it's seemed that my attempts to spread the word, in person and through mail, add up to nothing more than exercises in preparation for future failures. These weeks have illustrated why perseverance is a necessary trait for anyone who wants to get into the nonprofit business.

But along with perserverance, this experience has also taught me a fundamental…


Added by Michael B. Romain on November 17, 2010 at 1:04pm — 6 Comments

The Discipline of Mentoring (Part I)

“There must always be room for judgment, but judgment aided—and even enhanced—by procedure.” Dr. Atul Gawande, The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right…


Added by Michael B. Romain on October 29, 2010 at 5:07pm — 1 Comment

Senator Moynihan's Redux

Like other intellectuals whose legacies have been marginalized, even mired, when the conditions of the world proved not very amenable, or outright hostile, to their theories, Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan spent some time in the valley of… Continue

Added by Michael B. Romain on October 20, 2010 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Strained Suburbs

In the suburbs, where I live, there is an entire shadow population of impoverished citizens that is rarely mentioned in studies on poverty—an issue that most people seem to associate with the inner-city. But poverty is no respecter of jurisdiction. Dan’s recent blog…


Added by Michael B. Romain on October 8, 2010 at 2:46pm — 1 Comment

Waiting for Superman...In Vain

The issue of education reform has gained considerable traction in the media, thanks in no small part to the documentary that Dan mentioned about a week ago called “Waiting for Superman”. I haven’t seen it yet, but apparently the scene on which the film’s raw emotional power hinges takes place…


Added by Michael B. Romain on October 1, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

A Personal Introduction to Social Networks

Consistent with TM/C's emphasis on social networking, I created my own network of affiliations using CMAP. This is rough in comparison with others who've posted theirs, but it's a start. From here, I'll start making connections among the various affiliations, digging even deeper into the ways in which they relate and exposing even more nodes of…


Added by Michael B. Romain on September 21, 2010 at 11:21am — 1 Comment

Change We've Been Waiting For

In his September 8 blog post , Dan put Mayor Daley's historic decision not to run for reelection in the context of tutor/mentor interests throughout the city. During his over 20-year tenure, Daley enacted educational reforms such as the adopt-a-school initiative that, while laudable, weren't far-sighted enough. Daley's myopic focus on school performance worked to the detriment of a more holistic, community focus.…


Added by Michael B. Romain on September 15, 2010 at 9:30pm — No Comments

The Future of Wealth

In Harvard Business Review’s September issue, there’s an article—“A New Alliance for Global Change”—that predicts nothing short of a paradigm shift toward a new business-nonprofit partnership: “Collaboration between corporations and CSOs [citizen sector organizations] has reached a tipping point: It is…


Added by Michael B. Romain on September 3, 2010 at 4:20pm — No Comments

Thinking Like Google

My experience so far with Dan and T/M C brought me back to a passage of a book I read earlier this year, Thomas Friedman's The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century. Friedman wrote:

"The key breakthrough that enabled Google to become first among search engines was its ability to combine its PageRank technology with an analysis of page content, which determines which pages are most relevant to the specific search being conducted. Even though Google…


Added by Michael B. Romain on August 25, 2010 at 1:12pm — 3 Comments

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