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BMP Contributes to Open Government Dialogue

The White House has launched an "Open Government Initiative" in order to generate new ideas for creating a more participatory, transparent, and collaborative government. The first step in this process is the Open Government Dialogue, which is an online forum for public engagement in policymaking. Log-in and vote for BMP!more

Commons Blog from Kim Klein!

The commons is a short, simple phrase that describes all the resources a community has rights or access to. Recent posts include how community gardening in Detroit has enabled neighborhoods to champion multiple challenges by transforming urban blight into a shared resource, and who owns the majority of the seeds in the US.

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Featured Movement Builder: David Bollier and the Viral Spiral

Check out this month's featured movement builder! David Bollier is an independent policy strategist, journalist, activist and consultant with an evolving public-interest portfolio. David recently released a book, Viral Spiral, as an in-depth look at the ideals and history of the new digital commons.more

ACCESS Project Participate in First Arab American Advocacy Week

The Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services’ (ACCESS) project – the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) – came together for the first annual Arab American Advocacy Week in Washington, D.C. on April 22-24. To learn more about ACCESS, including their upcoming co-sponsorship of the 2009 Michigan Policy Summit, visit their website.more

Working Across Generations Authors interviewed in the Grassroots Fundraising Journal

Pick up the current issue of the Grassroots Fundraising Journal to read an interview with Frances Kunreuther, Helen Kim, and Robby Rodriguez, authors of Working Across Generations.more

Kim Klein Featured on National Radio Project

In Tax Me, I'm Yours, Project Team member Kim Klein lends her expertise to the nation's current tax structure and how it can be re-formatted to better serve the commons.

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Nonprofit Voter Engagement Network

NVEN says that, "communities served by nonprofits were the highest turn-out groups at the 2008 presidential election polls." The organization recently released a report titled, America Goes to the Polls: A Report on Voter Turnout in the 2008 Election, which provides a great analysis of voter turnout in the states and among various constituencies. Visit their website to download the resource and to learn more. more

An Interesting Article in the NY Times on Financial Health of Nonprofits

“The financial health of the nation’s nonprofit groups is rapidly deteriorating, according to a survey of some 900 nonprofit leaders around the country. Only 12 percent of those organizations expect to end the year with an operating surplus, compared with 40 percent who ended their most recent fiscal years with money on...more

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