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Social Change: Refinanced

In the 21st century, industry took a pause. Post-Cold War growth marked capitalism as the most productive economic system, but some of its most fundamental practitioners were beginning to rethink their relationships with the communities they served. Corporations, banks, and private funds responded with initiatives as varied as corporate responsibility offices, sustainable business certifications, and […]

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A Toast to Civic Dialogue

2017 has been a rough year for the world. Just this month, wildfires, hurricanes, and civil war competed for international attention, as if suffering can be measured in degrees of trauma. No one has been untouched by hardship, and there is a palpable weariness in the public conscience. Devastation on such a scale would seem […]

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Environmental Justice & Civic Conversation

“I believe we can change the world if we start listening to one another again.  Simple, honest, human conversation.  Not mediation, negotiation, problem-solving, debate, or public meetings.  Simple, truthful conversation where we each have a chance to speak, we each feel heard, and we each listen well.”  — Margaret Wheatley On January 17, 1971, John […]

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From Gloom and Doom to Hope and (Climate) Change

The Inspire Speakers Series season finale exemplified the goal of the entire program – to share, engage, connect, and inspire action. Internationally acclaimed environmentalist, author, and sustainability pioneer Paul Hawken, along with Dr. Joylette Portlock, president of Pittsburgh nonprofit Communitopia, delivered motivating, science-based, solution-focused inspiration to a sold-out audience of more than 200 people last week. […]

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