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I WROTE THIS book because I care about the future of our communities and our planet. I wrote it because I have the experience to help solve the public problems that challenge us; I’ve had failures that have taught me which paths not to take, and successes that have confirmed the ideas and actions that work.

Three key ideas anchor this book:

  • Courageous and compassionate people can solve any problems and meet any challenges, in their communities and in the world.
  • The surest path to a meaningful life is service—acting for the common good.
  • The key to success on this path is balance—head and heart, trust and street smarts, passion and professionalism, ...

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