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What’s At The Top of Our Reading List This Week?

October 24, 2014
Wendy Spencer, CEO of CNCS, takes a turn reading. Photo Source: CNCS Twitter Account

Wendy Spencer, CEO of CNCS, takes a turn reading. Photo Source: CNCS Twitter Account

Gone Girl might be the best-selling book on The New York Times list, but Bunny Cakes might have topped the charts this week for AmeriCorps members and alums.

On October 21st, millions of readers joined in reading Bunny Cakes as part of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, a campaign to celebrate literacy through the largest shared reading experience. Don’t worry if you missed out on the fun on Tuesday, you can still pledge to read until Friday, October 24.

But, what else should be on your reading list this week? Here are five stories that surprised, inspired, or made us click this week:

1. The 2014 Opportunity Index: How Opportunity Measures Up in Your Community, on Opportunity Nation website

John and Jane were born in two towns of similar size with the same uneumployment rate. But that’s where the similarities stop.

2. “Celebrating Volunteer Service at Home and Around the World at the 2014 Tribute Awards,” Points of Light blog

Under the glow of crimson Chinese lanterns, a retired NBA star-turned philanthropist, a young environmentalist, a nonprofit addressing hunger and a company with a strong history of employee volunteerism received Points of Light Tribute Awards …

3. “Public Libraries’ Enduring and Vital Service to Communities,” David Ferriero on The Aspen Idea Blog

I look to the diffusion of light and education as the resource most to be relied on for ameliorating the conditions, promoting the virtue and advancing the happiness of man. – Thomas Jefferson quoted in The Aspen Idea Blog

4. “The Culture of Collective Impact,” by Paul Schmitz on HuffPost Impact Blog

Authentic, adaptive, inclusive, and collaborative leadership styles are essential for these efforts to truly move the needle. At Public Allies, we spent 20 years building thousands of such leaders, and evolved 5 core values that help leaders at all levels work better together.

5. “Young and Restless,” by City Observatory staff

With a million young adults moving each year, the stakes are large.

What topped your reading list this week?

 

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