In an effort to provide inspiration and resources to the community, our team likes to share books Sally is reading, stories from our community, and articles, papers, and videos that help shape our views and inform the way we work. We hope these insights spark creativity and increase effectiveness for fellow difference makers.
How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation
by Tim Brown
How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do About It
by Richard V. Reeves
"I’m an ordinary person who found herself on an extraordinary journey. In sharing my story, I hope to help create space for other stories and other voices, to widen the pathway for who belongs and why."
by Michelle Obama
Factfulness: The stress-reducing habit of only carrying opinions for which you have strong supporting facts.
by Hans Rosling
This is a book about meditation. But not as you know it. There's no chanting, no sitting cross-legged and no need for scented candles. Andy Puddicombe, Co-founder of Headspace, shows you how just ten minutes' meditation each day can change your life.
by Andy Puddicombe
The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, the one-time multibillion-dollar biotech startup founded by Elizabeth Holmes—by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end.
by John Carreyrou
From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class.
by J.D. Vance
How Empowering Women Changes the World
by Melinda Gates
After decades of research, world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., discovered a simple but groundbreaking idea: the power of mindset.
by Martin Luther King, Jr.
A transformative new vision for the way we lead, love, work, parent, and educate that teaches us the power of vulnerability.
by Dr. Brené Brown
We admire the Ford Forum of With Four Freedoms,
We admire the Lilly Endowment’s grantmaking framework.
“Our grantmaking is framed by two potentially contrasting convictions: that tradition is an important resource and that fundamental rethinking often is necessary to respond
effectively to new challenges and circumstances.”
We admire the mission of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to “support children, families and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society.”
We have learned from The Four Filters used to determine what the foundation might support. “Is It important? Can we make an enduring difference? Is It measurable? And does it contribute to a portfolio effect?”
Understanding Social Mobility – Richard Reeves and Brookings Institution
Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist, American Museum of Natural History, talks about the Universe and us.
“…we are all connected; to each other, biologically, to the
earth, chemically, and to the rest of the universe atomically. That’s kinda cool.”
The Saguaro Seminar is a research initiative that brings together leading thinkers and practitioners to develop actionable ideas for civic renewal. In 2015, the Seminar launched the Closing the Opportunity Gap initiative. The initiative convened five working groups of roughly a dozen of the country’s leading experts in each of five areas: family and parenting, early childhood, K-12 education, community institutions, and “on-ramps,” like community college or apprenticeships. These non-partisan white papers distill the best evidence-based ideas for narrowing the opportunity gap.