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Interview: Swords to Plowshares

July 30, 2013

Hey there, as many of you know, I gave $50k to the CrowdRise Veterans Charity Challenge earlier this month. The total money raised for Veterans and Milfams exceeded $448,000.   In my #VetsChallenge wrap up post, I asked you to stay tuned for the interviews I'd be conducting with two great orgs, both winners of… Read more »

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Trustworthy journalism in a fact-checking-free world

July 25, 2013

Getting real about trustworthy journalism Okay, I really just want news I can trust. Couple years ago, I blurted out that "the press should be the immune system of democracy." Personally, I really don't like being lied to, but my deal here is that our social contract with the news business is that they hold the powerful… Read more »

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What Inspires Me: Leonard Cohen

July 24, 2013

Customer service can really be corrosive, and it gets worse than the usual trolling and abuse. However, singer and poet Leonard Cohen really helps me get through the day, with a small but substantial assist from Dr Stephen T Colbert DFA (Doctor of Fine Arts). Shit rolls downhill. That's the life of a customer service… Read more »

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Helping out homeless veterans

July 19, 2013

Hey, the Department of Veterans Affairs does more and more to give homeless vets a hand: VA triples spending on homelessness problem… "The Department of Veterans Affairs on Thursday awarded almost $300 million in grants for homeless and low-income assistance efforts, three times what the agency spent on that program last year. The move is… Read more »

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Supporting more effective national service

July 17, 2013

A lot of really good people are helping Americans in need via the Corporation for National and Community Service. It's a "private-public partnership," meaning that people in business, government, and the nonprofit sector work together with citizens to get results. That includes a lot of good work by AmeriCorps, which engages 80,000 Americans in results-driven… Read more »

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Why do you support women's leadership as the next frontier?

July 12, 2013

Over the past twenty-seven years I've been quietly supporting women's groups, just proceeding on what feels like the right thing to do.  That started with HAVEN, a women's shelter in the Oakland (Greater Detroit) area, probably in 1985. My intent was to become a volunteer counselor, since they needed guys in that role. However, with the… Read more »

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Read On and Move Forward if you are a Veteran

July 9, 2013

Hey, VA doctors have told me that no one goes to war and comes back unchanged. Readjusting to civilian life can be challenging no matter where you are; at home, in the workplace, or at school. Now there's help through an online counseling service designed to help Vets and active duty service members battling with… Read more »

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The Vets Challenge was about giving back

July 3, 2013

Hey, a big congratulations to all the Teams who participated in the Veterans Charity Challenge over on CrowdRise. As many of you know, I gave $50k to the challenge and the Rahr Foundation gave $50k. I don't see this as altruism, it just feels right. A total of 95 Teams signed up. The Teams were… Read more »

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Vastly scaling up the effectiveness of nonprofits

June 21, 2013

There are good, effective nonprofits and similar groups all over the world, really helping people out.  As part of my twenty year craigconnects.org thing, I'd like to help scale that up so that everyone on the planet gets a hand. Specifically, there are many nonprofits, NGOs, and government groups which are really good at getting stuff… Read more »

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VA employee helps an Army veteran apply online for benefits at recent Association of the US Army conference.

Big improvements in VA self-service for disability claims processing

June 18, 2013

Well, you can use something like TurboTax to do your own taxes. You get the right records, and use their software to submit an entire package. Sometimes a CPA has to get involved, and they can use their own expert software to get the job done.  In either case, getting the right docs can be… Read more »

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