African American writer Rich Benjamin spent two years living in — and writing about — America’s whitest neighborhoods. The response to his book (and TED Talk) was honest, raw — and sometimes misunderstood his purpose. Here, he responds to the response.

Eric Liu wants to make civics “as sexy as it was during American Revolution.” The key to that: teaching everyone the basic skills of power. Here they are.

Dan Pallotta has an unconventional view of nonprofits: To innovate and really make an impact, he thinks they should function with business-minded acumen. But, bringing principles of the corporate world into the nonprofit sector can be a tough sell. Here, he recommends 8 articles that give more insight into why we should put a value on effective philanthropy.