Letter From the President

Season’s Greetings! 

As 2017 draws to a close – so soon! hasn’t the time flown by? – we end the year with the most wonderful news. The Ballinger Family has gifted its pristine, beautiful and elegant property on Main Street in Rensselaerville to the Carey Institute for Global Good. We are overwhelmed and enormously grateful by their generosity and inspired by their commitment to the mission of the Institute.  

Speaking of our mission, more encouraging news. I’ve recently returned from trips with Dr. Diana Woolis to Qatar and Germany. In Doha, we attended the World Innovation Summit on Education, a global gathering assessing the challenges and solutions for 21st century education. I’m delighted to report that this event was a validation of all the work we have been developing at the Center for Learning in Practice and that we have the potential to play a key role in the development of quality education in the 21st century. In Germany, we learnt from a number of organizations about the challenges of integrating over 1 million refugees into the 16 regions of the German federation. Specifically, we hope to play a role in ensuring the protection of vulnerable children and supporting the integration of early childhood services across those regions. In the meantime, we continue to explore the needs of teachers of vulnerable children in the United States. 

The Logan Nonfiction Program continues to go from strength to strength. While we’ll be sad to say farewell to the Fall 2017 fellows over the next couple of weeks, we are consoled and enthused by the promise of their work.  I have no doubt that their work will be as impactful as those of previous fellows. Look out for Daniel Ellsberg’s just published “The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner” as well as Erin Banco’s “Pipe Dreams: The Plundering of Iraq’s Oil Wealth” and Virginia Eubanks “Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor” both of which will be published in January. We think they’ll be as successful as Dan Egan’s “The Death and Life of the Great Lakes” which was listed by the New York Times as one of the most notable nonfiction books of 2017 and Jefferson Morley’s “The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton”. We are thrilled to be associated with such important work. 

If you are not already familiar with the Logan Nonfiction Program, take a look at the new video highlighting the importance of this work.  

Our Five-Year Milestone Report gives an overview of all of our work and its impact both locally and globally. We are already planning to ensure that the next 5 years continues to build on all we have achieved so far. 

Join us at the brewery on Friday December 22nd to celebrate. 

Happy Holidays, one and all, 

Gareth.