If You Don’t Say It, Who Will?
Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt intimidated, shy, excessively nervous, restrained or unwilling to make your opinion known. If we were in a room together, there’d probably a lot of hands in the air!
The Journalism for Social Change MOOC is Back
Last year, I took my longstanding class at U.C. Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, Journalism for Social Change (J4SC), online. With the help of edX, a platform for Massive Open Online Classes, or MOOCs, we were able to teach thousands of students from around the globe how to produce solution-based journalism that drives social change.
Rethinking Foster Parent Recruitment & Retention
How well I still remember one of the anthems of my generation: “For the times they are a changin’.” And how applicable these words continue to be, especially in our world of Child, Youth and Family Services.
California’s Continuum of Care Plan: An Opportunity for True Reform
In the summer of 2012, the State Legislature enacted Senate Bill 1013 which mandated that the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) launch a broad-based, stakeholder process to determine how to reform California’s foster care system.
The Benefit of Nonprofit Advocacy in Child Welfare
I’ll be the first to admit that I write this post with a pre-existing bias about the importance of public policy. As a former Congressional staffer, I witnessed from an insider’s perspective the transformative power that advocacy can have in creating systemic change, especially when undertaken collectively.