Past Event

Big Citizenship

A Discussion with Author Alan Khazei

12:30 - 1:30 PM EDT

TIME CHANGE: This event will now begin at 12:30 p.m. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Two months before the 2008 presidential election, Alan Khazei capped a 25-year career as a social entrepreneur by persuading Barack Obama and John McCain to appear together on national television to agree that national service was good for America. With their backing, he helped frame the Edward M. Kennedy Service Act, which was signed into law within 100 days of Obama’s inauguration—an extraordinary example of effectiveness in action.

In Big Citizenship, Khazei shares his experiences founding and growing his City Year program, saving AmeriCorps, and creating the new national campaign called ServiceNation, offering inspiration as well as practical advice. He addresses how to balance private and public funding, work with all levels of government, build bipartisan support on even the most contentious issues, attract volunteers, and get young people involved.

For social entrepreneurs, activists, idealists, community leaders, politicians, and donors who support not-for-profit organizations, Khazei’s story demonstrates not just how to fight for what you believe in, but how to turn ideals into effective institutions that make the world a better place.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.

Featured participants:

Alan Khazei, Author, Big Citizenship
John Podesta, President and Chief Executive Officer, Center for American Progress