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The National Constitution Center and a Question

November 20, 2009

This week I was appointed President and CEO of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, the museum and education center devoted to engaging Americans, especially young people, in being active and informed citizens of our constitutional democracy.
I could go on for some time about how great the place and its exhibits are—high-tech and interactive, historically astute, pedagogically sound, and incredibly beautiful. Suffice it to say if you haven’t been yet, you should come.

Government Innovation

November 17, 2009

Remember the old joke about “military intelligence” being an oxymoron? I’d bet a lot of money that it was started by people who served in the military. “Government innovation” could suffer the same stigma.
When I ran a government agency, I used to remind both staff and stakeholders that “innovation” was both something that government manages ineptly, at best, and also an attribute that we should endeavor to prize highly and reward in our grantees.

A Spark of Light in Texas

November 16, 2009

Last month I had the opportunity to participate in a remarkable event—President Barack Obama joined President George H.W. Bush in College Station, Texas, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Points of Light movement, begun in 1989 with President Bush’s inauguration speech.
These leaders together created a poignant moment that felt charged with both historical import and timelessness, and they left several impressions worthy of reflection:

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