Leadership

On our blog, we share our Quote of the Week as well as other insights about our work and about our community. As our society continues to struggle with some of the same issues that Sargent Shriver focused on -- poverty, racism, inequality, war -- we believe it's important to share our stories with each other. Do you have a story to share about Sargent Shriver or about one of the issues he cared about? Share your story with us by emailing it to info@sargentshriver.org. Maybe we'll post it here!

Aug 24

"Go into politics and change the system"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week underlines the fact that we can turn our doubts about the political system into action -- perhaps by entering into a life of public service ourselves! At the same time, the quote reminds us of a vitally important characteristic any political leader must have -- honesty....

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Aug 17

A Woman VP?

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week, spoken almost 48 years ago, shows us Sargent Shriver's openness towards having women in power.While running for Vice President on the McGovern ticket in 1972, Sargent Shriver did an interview with KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In the interview, he was asked about the...

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Aug 10

Tackling "Problems of Staggering Complexity"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week emphasizes that we must work together in order to eliminate the major threats we face as an international community -- and as a species. As we mark the 75th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and as we continue to deal with the COVID-19 crisis and the...

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Aug 03

Remembering John Lewis

Our Quote of the Week pays tribute to Congressman John Lewis (February 14, 1940-July 17, 2020). Although we lost Rep. Lewis to pancreatic cancer in July, his example of leadership and service will continue to guide and inspire us for generations to come.On April 27, 2001, the Shriver Center...

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Jul 27

The Dangers of Cynical Leadership

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week, from Sargent Shriver's 1975 announcement of candidacy for President of the United States, has us thinking about the dangers of cynical leadership. As we head towards the 2020 Presidential election and as we continue to deal with the COVID-19 crisis, it is imperative that we...

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Jul 06

A "Declaration of Interdependence"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week asks us to move beyond the "declaration of independence" on which the United States was founded 244 years ago this week. It summons us to make a declaration of something more powerful and transformative: interdependence.Sargent Shriver spoke these words in his 1975...

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Apr 06

Finding Purpose in Adversity

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week provides a little bit of wisdom as we navigate our way through the crises arising from the COVID-19 epidemic. During this precarious time, the battles for our health, but also for justice, equality, and protection of others, are both brutal and unrelenting. One way to help...

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Nov 04

Reflecting on a Life of Service

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us of one of the most important lessons that Sargent Shriver taught us: that we can live a fulfilling life by devoting ourselves to serving others.This week, we are celebrating the 104th anniversary of Sargent Shriver's birth. Born on November 9, 1915, Sargent...

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