Andrew Samtoy

Host/Producer, Online and Community Engagement

Andrew Samtoy

I joined the Civic Commons in October, 2013 after a short career as an attorney and a long time in community organizing and engagement. I spend every minute of every day thinking about how I can get people to interact with each other - and now, at the Civic Commons, it's what I'm supposed to be doing!

My Recent Activity

VOTER ID LAW

I responded to VOTER ID LAW: My gut reaction is mixed...but when I have a gut reaction to a political question it usually...

How do we build a beloved community?

I responded to How do we build a beloved community?: The first session of the Cleveland Salon dealt with diversity in all it's forms, including what...

How do we build a beloved community?

How do we go beyond diversity to build a "beloved community"?

Where have all the leaders gone?

I responded to Jill Miller Zimon: Is it possible that this is a "market" that we should let run as it will? I mean, if there are a...

Jill Miller Zimon

Honestly? Give notice but don't hold back because you think you need permission. Find allies, be confident, polite, thought out, gracious, humble and move forward with the knowledge that you may need to adjust, accommodate... Continue reading

Where have all the leaders gone?

I responded to William Tarter, Jr.: Love the data!!!

William Tarter, Jr.

Absolutely I see that Earl.   Look at the practice of Double Dipping.  There are 32,000 individuals statewide who have retired and been rehired.  This amounts to $1 billion in costs to the state taxpayers (Plain Dealer,... Continue reading

Where have all the leaders gone?

I responded to Earl Pike: David Akers is going to be discussing this on Saturday at noon at the Cleveland Salon! 

Earl Pike

One of the things I hear from new and emerging leaders in Cleveland, over and over again, is that there's a profound feeling that you have to "get permission" from mainstream civic leaders if you want to do / start /... Continue reading

Where have all the leaders gone?

I responded to Andrew Samtoy: I just had a thought: if the Pareto Principle can be applied to politics, the majority of...

Andrew Samtoy

Let me think on this one...I like the project and the idea.  I like the way that they're focusing on local and national leaders.  I also really like the fact that they're starting in Akron, rather than trying to dissipate... Continue reading

Where have all the leaders gone?

I responded to Nancy Reeves: :)

Nancy Reeves

Andrew, Unfortunately, I don't haveany good short term solutions. I don't think in simple black and white terms.  When everyone else in law school started groaning about encountering their first law review article, I... Continue reading

Where have all the leaders gone?

I responded to Dan Moulthrop: Let me think on this one...I like the project and the idea.  I like the way that they're focusing...

Dan Moulthrop

In the interest of non-partisanship, the GOP merits some inclusion here. Admittedly, none of the GOP  candidates for president demonstrated the qualities you're talking about, but ever since I first interviewed Congressman... Continue reading

Where have all the leaders gone?

I responded to William Tarter, Jr.: It's a very nice sound bite, but does it hold water in 1930s Germany, 1970s Cambodia or 1990s...

William Tarter, Jr.

You are the civility you wish to see in the world.