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Thank You and Farewell from NPi

We wish to express sincere gratitude to each of you—our co-founders, mentors, advisors, speakers, interviewees, partners, and readers—for your support, guidance, and participation over the years.
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YES Summit Gathers Young Entrepreneurs and Creative Minds

Young entrepreneurs, community organizers, thought leaders and CEOs gathered at the YES Summit to discuss the future of youth entrepreneurship.
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Back to the Basics: Financial Literacy and Civic Engagement

Nathan Rothstein discusses the challenges facing young people today and suggests new paths forward.
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SOS International Faridabad, Meeting Children’s Needs One Village at a Time

SOS Children's Villages of India cares for 6,400 children in villages across the country. The village I visited in Faridabad, which opened in 1964, was the first of over 40 SOS International Villages to open in India.
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What Business Means to Me: Reflections from a Newly-Minted MBA

Through lessons learned in the classroom, conversations with professors and classmates, and involvement with entrepreneurs in my own community and abroad, I am leaving school with an entirely different view of business than when I entered. Business, when handled responsibly, can mean self-sufficiency. Business can mean independence and empowerment. Entrepreneurship can mean respect for...
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Why #roxtweet: Nathan Rothstein on Cross-Sector Collaboration and Partnership

As we try to launch our ventures, whether in the private or nonprofit sector, it is important for us to show our support to a city that is made up of many different parts.
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Why We Need to Save AmeriCorps: A Lesson from New Orleans

The work was difficult, the conditions were rough. While American soldiers were abroad fighting two wars, AmeriCorps volunteers rebuilt homes that had been torn apart by our country’s failure to protect our levees. The roads had not been paved since the 1930s when the WPA hired local workers to improve the city’s public infrastructure. Now...
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NPi Talks With RootsCamp Massachusetts

NPi Speaks With RootsCamp at RootsCamp Massachusetts 2010 - a civic-engagement themed "unconference" where organizers set the agenda, share lessons learned, and discuss best practices in community organizing.
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A Modern Networking Story

Despite the rise of social media tools, we still have pre-conceived notions about the proper way to network and meet new people. If two people meet at an event with name tags and exchange business cards, then we’ve done it “right.” In an ideal world, transferring contact information leads to a personal connection, but...
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Get People Talking About What They Know Best

Get People Talking About What They Know Best

What we realized from the beginning is that these events need to be a conversation, not a presentation to an audience. We avoided the typical panel discussion format since it didn’t allow the same kind of natural conversation to take place, the same personal and valuable information to emerge.
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Let’s Expand Our Definition of Service

For many years I thought of community service in very narrow terms. Service meant volunteering at a local shelter or food bank, cleaning up a park or a beach, or raising money for a nonprofit organization in need of funds by going door to door or making cold calls to potential donors—three things I...
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What’s So Important About Storytelling?

At NPi, we believe storytelling and knowledge sharing, both online and on the ground, is a major part of the solution. Storytelling enables learning and dialogue and helps to build and strengthen networks, thereby speeding up the process by which people, organizations, and systems improve the world we live in.
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Build the Thing That’s Changing

It occurred to me recently that starting a company is a crash course in living in the present moment. To be successful, founders must work toward achieving a long-term vision and short-term set of goals while still remaining open to new ways of thinking and working.
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