In his new role, Nashua oversees staff that provides programs and services through AmeriCorps, student activities including student government, the Service Learning Center, Foster Youth Mentoring Program, and the Civic Entrepreneur
It was Joseph Chamberlain and I quickly got to my feet out of respect for this great civic entrepreneur
in whose presence I found myself.
Adger is one of 200 "civic entrepreneurs
" from ten cities participating in an intensive year of local and national leadership training sponsored by the Pew Civic Entrepreneur
In its report, Giving Better, Giving Smarter, the commission concluded that philanthropy must cultivate a new kind of giver--the "civic entrepreneur
"--if it is to invest its money and time in ways that make a palpable difference in the lives of those in need.
The "Wanted: Solutions for America" program builds on the work and findings of two earlier Pew Partnership initiatives: the Civic Change project, which launched community problem-solving programs in 14 smaller communities; and the Civic Entrepreneur
Initiative, which provided community leadership training to a diverse group of citizens in ten cities.
They are practicing a new, collaborative model for regional resilience led by a new type of leader - the civic entrepreneur
. The term civic entrepreneur
combines two important American traditions: entrepreneurship - the spirit of enterprise - and civic virtue - the spirit of community.
The program is sponsored by the Pew Civic Entrepreneur
Initiative, a special project of the Pew Charitable Trusts (see the special report in this issue for more information about Pew activities.)
First, a "civic entrepreneur
," a person with fire in the belly to champion a new regional agenda, has to take the lead.
The Pew Civic Entrepreneur
Initiative (PCEI), a program to build new strategies for leadership, has announced its 20 finalists in a national grant competition among cities with populations between 150,000 and 400,000.
Decisions taken in the coming years by national and municipal public authorities, business leaders, and investors and civic entrepreneurs
will have monumental implications for what happens next.
In particular, the community sector's client relationship with central government funding agencies and its hand-to-mouth existence tend to consume the genuine efforts of civic entrepreneurs
and wear them down.
They need to become "civic entrepreneurs
," who can creatively finance and manage needed programs using practical business school savvy.