“Are we still a community? Or are we silos? Is our common good and common cause our self-interest, or the public interest? And does it matter to you or me? I believe we all must find a way ‘to get along,’ that our mutual self-interest requires it, and that we can and we must do well and do good—but only by implementing the concept of civic capitalism, the notion that markets are important and should generally operate freely, but only within a strong democratic framework which fosters civil society, encourages public participation, and regulates systemic risk.
But those are just words. To put those ideas into practice, we need educated leaders willing to take up that charge: people like you. You are the vanguard. You have the capacity and opportunity to rescue and renew civic capitalism, the vehicle for solving the crises in our economy, our corporate and body politic, and the faith and values that shape our ethical culture.”
–Scott Harshbarger, “The Renewal of Civic Capitalism,” Nonprofit Quarterly, 6/18/2012