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caring The holistic ministries of The Salvation Army

“... where we are able to enter a community or engage a family, or meet an individual with multiple creative options, we do so to demonstrate the love of God convincingly and with veracity.”­— COMMISSIONER jim knaggs

Salvos Legal by Mervyn Holland

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A needed link by JoAnn Shade

Ingenuity in the Army by Danielle Strickland

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More than music by Alma Bahman

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Middle Ground by Sue Olp

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SPECIAL SECTION The Salvation Army National Advisory Organizations Conference ‘Just Imagine’ by Kay Coles James.................. 28

40 2011 NAOC presenters and workshops...................... 29 National Advisory Board moves forward by Mary L. G. Theroux............ 32 NAB under new leadership by Marlene Klotz-Collins.......... 33 Generational influence by Marlene Klotz-Collins.......... 35 An effective local advisory board by Dick Hagerty..................... 36 ON THE COVER

MEET GENERAL-ELECT COMMISSIONER LINDA BOND by Laurie Robertson

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AMERICA’S NEWEST NAtIONAL SALVATION ARMY LEADERS by Christin Davis

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by Christin Davis

To be free in hope by Nikole Lim

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A ‘do good’ app by Martin Künzi

MY CORNER 2 • PERSPECTIVE 3 • IN THE NEWS 4 • AND FINALLY... 44

Brewing hope

SPRING 2011 • VOL. 17, NO. 1 DOING THE MOST GOOD

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PERSPECTIVE

Products, platforms and people What, would you say, is the greatest innovation of all time? It’s a tough one to answer, I know. Airplanes, McDonald’s burgers or refined oil? The iPod, or computing in general? Google would be high on my list. If not a product, perhaps you would say Penicillin, atomic energy, or the Panama Canal? According to an article in Bloomberg Businessweek, a list of the all-time-great innovations begins with the following top 10:

BY CHRISTIN DAVIS

1. weapons 2. mathematics and the number zero 3. money 4. printing 5. free markets and capital markets 6. domesticated animals and agriculture 7. property ownership 8. limited liability 9. participatory democracy 10. anesthetics and surgery These capabilities were all life changing in some way. Weapons changed what people could eat, for example. They also affected power relations between groups, and continue to do so between nations. Innovation, at its roots, means “to renew or change.” Some definitions say it is a process that renews something that exists, not the introduction of something new. Joseph Alois Schumpeter, an Austrian-American economist and political scientist, said circa 1930, “innovation changes the values onto which the system is based.” Maybe the key to true innovation is that the idea—more than being new—somehow changes lives. To accomplish this renewal of ideas, an individual must choose to do something outside of his or her norm, changing basic values and assumptions.

Agents for renewal In this issue of Caring, “Innovation,” we highlight a number of modern-day Salvation Army pioneers. We know Founder William Booth changed the societal values of England in the 1860s when he renewed the idea that salvation is available to all, and worked for the “down and out” who he knew needed soup and soap before salvation. The work of renewal agents in today’s Army span from agricultural and employment programs in Billings, Montana, to legal services in Australia, lessons on discipline through music in Santa Monica, California, or a direct trade coffee project between the Western Territory Adult Rehabilitation Center Command and farmers in Vietnam. In this Army, we shoot for innovative platforms that are big enough to change lives. The Switzerland, Austria and Hungary Territory is even reminding people to do good via an iPhone app. “I believe The Salvation Army is not only marked by…imaginative personalities, but demonstrates this same ingenuity as a continuation of God’s great creation to this day,” Commissioner Jim Knaggs writes in the final column of this issue. “We have the holy imagination to see the impact of a loving God upon a life, a family and a community.” Which values and systems are we influencing, and how are we changing lives? n Christin Davis is the editor of Caring and managing editor of New Frontier Publications.

How are the agents for renewal changing lives in your community? Share with the Caring community on our discussion page at facebook.com/CaringMagazine.

DOING THE MOST GOOD

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Products, platforms and people