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Bill Strickland tapped by White House for Council for Community Solutions

December 15, 2010 by

On December 14 President Barack Obama established the White House Council for Community Solutions, naming Bill Strickland one of 25 Council members.  The Council will provide advice to the President on the best ways to mobilize citizens, nonprofits, businesses and government to work more effectively together to solve specific community needs.

Bill Strickland, a Skoll Social Entrepreneur, is the founder of the Manchester Institution, home of the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild and Bidwell Training Center, which trains people in, among other skills, ceramics, orchid growing, photography, culinary careers and music.President Obama said, “These impressive men and women have dedicated their lives and careers to civic engagement and social innovation.  I commend them for their outstanding contributions to their communities, and I am confident that they will serve the American people well in their new roles on the White House Council for Community Solutions.  I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”? ?In addition to providing advice to the President on solving specific community needs, the White House Council for Community Solutions has been tasked with three key functions: enlisting leaders in the non-profit, private, and philanthropic sectors to make progress on key policy goals; providing strategic input and recommendations to help the federal government promote greater innovation and cross-sector collaboration; and honoring and highlighting those making a significant impact in their own communities.  The Council will be composed of leaders from non-profits, corporations and foundations who are committed to social innovation and civic engagement.”

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  1. January 19, 2011 at 10:21 am
    Sharon Battles:

    After reading about and studying about William E. Strickland I been more inspired by hislife. I work for a nonprofit organization, which was established in 2001 very small in a rural community. I have often dreamed of having diversied programs in our community to help provide programs for youth in our community. We have been blessed with a few state/federal grant funds, and we use words in which our CEO quote “Start where at, use what you got and do the best you can.” He also states “He would solves problems gets paid”. I was so impress by Mr Strickland story after being assigned a case for Analysis: A Potter’s Wheel from the book Organizations behavior, structure, processess by Gibson/Ivancevich/Donnelly/Konopaske 13th ed. I have just started school for my master in business administration at the age of 50. I had a stroke in 2005 an was left with a right side impairment but I believe that nothing is impossible if you can only believe.




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