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This week, organized groups took deliberate and premeditated action to invalidate the legal process for selecting a U.S. President. They were incited and supported by the executive branch to overthrow the legislative branch’s rightful role; the executive branch also appears to have delayed protection for members of Congress. A number...

Reimagining Philanthropy Series, Part 4

Lucy Bernholz wrote a five-part series for The Chronicle of Philanthropy exploring what’s next for foundations and nonprofits. Digital Dependence Has Obliterated the Notion of Nonprofit Independence by Lucy Bernholz, September 15, 2020 Nonprofits, foundations, political organizers, street protestors, and each of us as individuals are dependent on the digital world. We rely on...

Reimagining Philanthropy Series, Part 5

Lucy Bernholz wrote a five-part series for The Chronicle of Philanthropy exploring what’s next for foundations and nonprofits. What Now? The Philanthropic Future Our Democracy Needs by Lucy Bernholz, September 22, 2020 November … Two-and-a-half years … Never … Each of these is a prediction I’ve read in reputable national newspapers about when the...

Reimagining Philanthropy Series, Part 3

Lucy Bernholz wrote a five-part series for The Chronicle of Philanthropy exploring what’s next for foundations and nonprofits. Let’s Dismantle Toxic Tax Policies That Feed Big Philanthropy by Lucy Bernholz, September 8, 2020 In her new book, Civic Gifts, sociologist Elisabeth Clemens analyzes the relationship between nonprofit organizations and American government and, in the process,...

Reimagining Philanthropy Series, part 2

Lucy Bernholz wrote a five-part series for The Chronicle of Philanthropy exploring what’s next for foundations and nonprofits. The Current Economic Crisis Is an Opportunity to Reset Philanthropic Priorities by Lucy Bernholz, August 31, 2020 The U.S. economy “collapsed” in March and cratered in July, but it was broken well before. I’m not an...

Reimagining Philanthropy Series

Lucy Bernholz wrote a five-part series for The Chronicle of Philanthropy exploring what’s next for foundations and nonprofits. Confronting Philanthropy’s Uncomfortable Truths by Lucy Bernholz, August 25, 2020 Medical anthropology gives us a term — syndemic — to name what happens when independent threats such as a pandemic coronavirus finds a host...

You Don’t Have to Hate the Other Side

By: Eric Krebs @ericjohnkrebs Polarization occurs over the course of decades, across regions, races and generations, between parties and people. But there is one common thread: it always inflames emotions. Luiza Santos, a third-year PhD psychology student at Stanford University, specializes in affective science — simply put, the study of emotion....

What If Climate Change Isn’t as Polarizing as We Think?

By: Eric Krebs @ericjohnkrebs The message often heard in America is that liberals want to do something about climate change and conservatives do not. But what if it’s not that simple? If you look at the polls, most Americans — on the left and the right — think that climate change...

The Nature of Polarization Is Changing

By: Eric Krebs @ericjohnkrebs THIS Q+A IS PUBLISHED AS PART OF AN ONGOING SERIES INTERVIEWS WITH MEMBERS OF STANFORD PACS POLARIZATION AND SOCIAL CHANGE LAB Polarization isn’t a single, monolithic phenomenon. There are two types: the kind we express in wonky disagreements over laws and policies, and the kind we feel — that visceral...

Building a Kinder, Gentler, Smarter Social Media User

By: Eric Krebs @ericjohnkrebs THIS Q+A IS PUBLISHED AS PART OF AN ONGOING SERIES INTERVIEWS WITH MEMBERS OF STANFORD’S POLARIZATION AND SOCIAL CHANGE LAB Those of us old enough to remember the dawn of social media might recall a lot of happy talk about it representing a new way to connect...