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Community as a Core Value

Cara Staff

In my work at Cara, partners often express concern that our society’s system of support has failed so many of our neighbors in need. “The system is just broken,” they’ll say. If this is true, perhaps the system is broken because it’s been built to provide services – not community. More…

Tax Time!

Bob White

It’s tax time!

Did your blood pressure increase a little bit when you just read that? Most people I know utter a little “ugh” when this topic comes up. As is turns out, the concept of taxation isn’t actually all that bad!
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From Hangry to Activated in 72 Hours

Maria Kim

Corralling 75-ish social entrepreneurs is no small feat. They’re chatty, they’re connectors, and, with the right dose of caffeine, they’re insatiably curious and are always on the hustle for smarter, more creative ways to go after social solutions that stick. More…

Civility is Not Dead, it’s Just Waiting for the Bus

Maria Kim

My husband and I joke that the Addison bus stop just outside the Blue Line (a rail on Chicago’s Transit Authority) is perhaps the most civilized queue on the planet. In a world of otherwise rampant commuter chaos, up emerges this entirely self-governed, voluntary, single-file line starting from the bus stop and extending all the way down the sidewalk.  More…

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