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 To Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days
by Jake Kapp
How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation
by Tim Brown
The American Dream in Crisis
by Robert D. Putnam
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
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?”
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.