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Getting serious about national service

I commend to your attention Richard Stengel’s cover story for TIME magazine with a plan for national service (A Time to Serve: the case for service).  I hope his article, ServeNext‘s efforts, and the efforts of other leaders help to make more universal national and community service a unifying point between Democrats and Republicans in the coming election.

My colleague Robert Putnam has written about how diversity challenges community cohesion (at least in the short-term), and I believe that large scale national service, especially if the service happens in more diverse teams, a la City Year, can be part of the answer to the challenges Putnam has identified, by building stronger ‘briding social capital’ and my creating a more capacious sense of we.

[Note: companion piece to TIME cover story about various social entrepreneurs.]