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Boards That Make a DifferenceBoards That Make a Difference: A New Design for Leadership in Nonprofit and Public Organizations, 3rd Edition

In this revised and updated third edition, Carver continues to debunk the entrenched beliefs and habits that hobble boards and to replace them with his innovative approach to effective governance. This proven model offers an empowering and fundamental redesign of the board role and emphasizes values, vision, empowerment of both the board and staff, and strategic ability to lead leaders. Read More

Reinventing Your BoardReinventing Your Board: A Step-by-Step Guide to Implementing Policy Governance, Revised Edition

In the second edition of this best-selling Policy Governance operating manual, John Carver and Miriam Carver make this exciting approach to effective governance even more accessible and user-friendly, gleaning lessons learned in years of practice to help readers understand and use this invaluable model. Read More

New Ways of Looking at Democracy

July/August 2016

Dr. Brett Hennig is the cofounder and director of the Sortition Foundation ( This is an edited extract from his new book, The End of Politicians, to be published by Unbound in late 2016 (

Democracy, in modern times, has become synonymous with elections. This was not always the case. In ancient Athens, and for almost two thousand years afterwards, it was synonymous with random selection, or sortition. Modern experiments with new ways of doing democracy, from Policy Juries to Citizens’ Assemblies to Constitutional Councils are harking back to the days of ancient Athens and sortition is undergoing a revival of use and an explosion of interest.

Empower, Account, Integrate and Sustain: The Board Administrator's Role

May/June 2016

Rockford Park District in Illinois (United States) operates 177 parks and facilities. As a major part of her role as Policy Governance and Community Relations Manager for the District, Julia Steiner Halsted is responsible for the administration of its use of the Policy Governance® system. Here, she reflects on what she has learned.

Caroline Oliver interviews Carsten Gerner-Beuerle

What Determines the Content of Corporate Governance Codes?

March/April 2016

Ever wondered how those corporate governance codes, from which so much governance practice is derived, come about? A few months ago, Board Leadership's editor, Caroline Oliver, came across Working Paper Number 5 in the London School of Economics' “Law Society and Economy” Series on “Determinants of Corporate Governance Codes.”1 She tracked down its author, Carsten Gerner-Beuerle, and asked him a few questions. …

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