Leadership

We started the blog to share stories about Sargent Shriver's work, our work, and updates from 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 Sarge? Has his work influenced you? Share your story with us by emailing it to info@sargentshriver.org. Maybe we'll post it here!

Apr 08

"Be a History Maker"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week comes from a commencement speech that Sargent Shriver made in 1964, during the nascent months of the War on Poverty and the height of the Peace Corps.In his speech, Sargent Shriver acknowledges the scale of the challenges set before him to bring 30...

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Feb 18

For Presidents Day, Some Thoughts about Leadership

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

On this Presidents Day, we take our Quote of the Week from a piece of advice Sargent Shriver gave a group of aspiring young leaders in 1957. He was speaking on the topic of citizenship at the time. Presidents Day has us thinking quite a bit about leadership. We certainly think of Sargent...

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Aug 13

On Failure

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week gives us an insight into Sargent Shriver's notion of failure, which, by implication, also gives us a view into his definition of success. Sarge said these words while he was leading both the Peace Corps and the War on Poverty, two major presidential initiatives (the first of...

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Jun 25

Fear, Misinformation, and Unity

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

In our Quote of the Week, Sargent Shriver reminds us that to foster unity, we must work together to eliminate the fear and unease that pull us apart. He calls out the spread of "misinformation" and points out that we must not pay attention to political talking points that have no...

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Jun 11

The Greatness of Our Spirit

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

We take our Quote of the Week from the St. Louis University Commencement Speech that Sargent Shriver gave in 1962. Speaking about the network of "statesmen and scholars" that the Peace Corps was creating, Sargent Shriver spoke about the responsibilities and opportunities that a world...

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May 21

Touch the Stars, Renew the Earth

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

In our Quote of the Week, Sargent Shriver reminds us of the power that human beings can have when they are freed from constraints and can fully engage with our two basic impulses: one rational and scientific, one creative and intuitive. We can push beyond our perceived limits into new frontiers, and we can also heal and renew that which needs mending.

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Apr 16

Our Traditional Concepts of Leadership

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

With our Quote of the Week, we join Sargent Shriver in supporting leaders who work not to accumulate power but to serve others, who strive for a world in which, in Sarge's words, "liberty under law is the possession of all ... and not just a privileged few." This week's quote is from...

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Mar 19

Young People Are Changemakers

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Spoken over 50 years ago, Sargent Shriver's words reach us through time to convey a timely message. There is a direct line between the protests Sargent Shriver is speaking of, against Vietnam, inequality, and poverty, and the protest movements of today, like the one against gun violence led by...

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