what we believe.

no profits without nonprofits.

nonprofits, and the nonprofiteers who work in them, are the lynchpin for new community development.

small cities can lead the connection economy.

smaller communities may not have all the assets & resources, but those they do…they’re ready to work.

this ain't your daddy's networking.

we’re not interested in swapping business cards & building a contact list…we’re interested in impacting community collaborators.

who we believe in.

our stories.

Democracy at its Most Complacent

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Man… we are lame. Official numbers aren’t officially tallied quite yet, but estimates put our Voter Turnout for 2016 somewhere in the neighborhood of 56%. Fifty. Six. Percent. If you took at your cues from social media, you would swear that 100% of eligible voters turned out (plus some dead guys voting, of course) and

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An Open Letter to President-Elect Trump

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Dear President-Elect Trump, Hey Don (do you mind if I call you ‘Don’?).  It’s DK. I hope you and your family finally got a few seconds to absorb this contentious and grueling election cycle, take a moment, and rested a bit. Because what’s about to happen next, well that’s going to make what you just

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The .gov Role: The Hub for Community Development

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Ahh… local government. The place where we pay taxes that we complain about the most, the place we pay our parking bills that we complain about the most… actually come to think about it, for many of us City Hall is a big “complaint box” where we all gather (if ever) and complain about stuff.

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DK Soapbox: Some Hard Truths To Consider In Community Development

[DK climbs up on soapbox] In the past few days I have been at (or witnessed via live stream and live YouTube) a number of conversations/panel/and speakers talking about community and our needs to revitalize them. Big cities, small towns. States and regions, all talked about. As someone who plays in this space, especially in

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Dinner And A Community

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Last night I went to dinner. Um, DK…that’s really not so much of a great blog topic. No wait. Really. Stick with me here. Last night, I went to dinner with my beautiful bride and a bunch of friends to one of our most super fun favorite restaurants in York, PA. This place is called

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Nothing Personal…Cuz It’s Public (Policy)

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It is a consistent adage that there is no “perfect” public policy. You could argue things like women’s suffrage and reconciliation to right the wrongs our founding fathers did (or more accurately didn’t do) regarding non-white races (the despicable “3/5th” compromise) should be no-brainers… but still there isn’t perfection. Someone, even those simply living with

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A Letter to the Next Generations: Three To Think About For The “Bookends”

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A Letter to the Next Generations: Three To Think About For The “Bookends” There’s a lot of talk and writing about the inter-generational challenges and opportunities we are knee-deep in at this point in our world with the amazing “bookend generations” – The Baby Boomers and The Millennials.  Two huge generations, two interesting viewpoints, two

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Enough “#Pray For ___” and More “#ActionFor ___”

I’m so sick of this. Our communities are in a cycle of “pray for’s” and I’m tired of it. Here’s how it goes: Some tragedy occurs in a community and it elevated to a nation story. We collectively pain over the situation, look to for ways to help/cope/share. A “#Pray For ___ ” hashtag starts

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WIIFM & NIMBY: Sadly, That’s Not A New Cartoon Show

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When talking about any kind of economic and community development, the conversation very quickly turns to two major factors: where and how much money?  It’s as natural as when greeting someone you instantly ask “how are you?” Sadly though, these questions in economic development aren’t generally meant out of concern or care in the macro

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it’s alive!! the “frank-en-idea”

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It’s amazing the things you remember… and that sometimes pop up in the brain at the weirdest times. I was just sitting here, thinking about what to write with all the necessary preparations in place: Laptop? Check. Music? Check. Adult Beverage? Check. …then nothing. What to write about? I’m sure I had a bunch of

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the most hated four-letter word: “status quo.”

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Boy, am i terrible at “the math.” Too often these two words are combined in debate/discussion/some other “d-word” to be a literal buzzkill to creativity. We speak about “get action” – well this thing goes the other way and “get brick wall to the forehead.”  And here is the worst part about this naughty phrase:

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connect the dots tv is *on*

check out S1 Ep1 for connect the dots tv:

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collaboration…and dancing.

“Collaboration.”  It’s one of those buzz words that we throw around in just about every business sector and encourage its development. But  (and let’s just keep this between us okay) we are sometimes better at talking about collaboration than we are are doing collaboration.  Put it another way: A Meeting Does Not Make a Collaboration…You

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goin’ out for an “idea break”

First, it was “Smoke Break.”  For those of us not into the habit, we would marvel at the conga line that was created once those two simple words were uttered in some Cubicle Kingdom in Anywhere, USA.  Assistants, managers, CEOs… didn’t matter. The call to light up was a beacon of goodness, and many followed

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GenX: The Swing Vote for the Connection Economy

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On February 10th, 2015, I was honored to be a part of a Google Hangout that looked at Generation X, and how we (yep, I’m a proud member of GenX) look at Volunteerism and Philanthropy.  The panel was a really great group of thought leaders who had some insightful and important points in talking about

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tune up those community fibers

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Community is what defines us, in so many ways. We are shaped, inspired, challenged, and even celebrated through out connection to community. But too often this shaping requires a little adjustment, some “re-shaping.”  Like Herman Melville explained, “We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.”  I believe it

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time for a S-T-R-E-T-C-H.

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“Measure Twice, Cut Once.”  I use this phrase more often than an NSA official uses the phrase “Can you hear me now, Verizon?” (sorry Mr. President, but really…oh, and for those of you monitoring me, I was just kidding about the whole NSA/Verizon tapping thing I just mentioned). I have been known to be “that

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time to create some altitude with some attitude

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“Fly the Friendly Skies” – remember that slogan by United Airlines? Yeah… sometimes those skies aren’t as friendly as you might think. For nonprofiteers and social enterprisers, the skies are filled with challenge upon challenge. Building capital, recruiting a board, finding funding, making payroll… those skies sometimes feel more like a scene out of Hitchcock’s 

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welcome to the ‘dots…

You are invited to join a new movement. A movement based around a profound, and some might say obvious, idea: That our communities need to re-examine the ways that we collectively utilize our assets and resources. Our old system of looking at our relationships “between the dots” (.com; .org; .edu; and .gov) is flawed. The

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