A Dose of Inspiration and Provocation

Small Tests Shall Set You Free

  Believe it or not, this was a "thing."  Hey friends, If your indoctrination about what it means to be a leader or a manager was anything remotely like mine, it’s possible that you have some notion of “needing to control others” wrapped into your self-concept....

Prayer Worth Living Into

Prayer Worth Living Into

Dear friends, I want to share with you one of the highlights from the Skid Row School last week. In attendance was a team from the United Farm Workers Foundation, and at the end of the first day, Ester Cadavid and Eriberto Fernandez shared with us the Prayer of the...

Weaving Together The Web Of LIfe

  So...we decided to go ahead and drive to Tornillo, Texas, for the rally this past weekend. On our eleven hour road trip, I received text messages from Voto Latino who was behind the rally. That’s to be expected. I also received texts from the Movement for Black...

Resilience In Hard Times

I'm not gonna lie, y'all. It's been a rough week. I received a letter in the mail that had a not-so-thinly-veiled death threat in response to my piece for the Lily. We took all the necessary precautions, but it took my attention off my creativity for a bit there. But...

Why 10 Year Plans Stink

Earlier this week I participated in a visioning and strategic planning session for a non-profit whose work and founder I respect a lot. You know the drill: a handful of folks around a conference table for the day, dreaming big dreams and thinking big. I really like...

Are You Willing To Work For Liberation?

Last night at a quasi-structured dinner party in the Bay Area, I was asked to name someone who has deeply influenced the person I am today. Immediately my mind leapt to some fantastic teachers, healers, and mentors. The list is long and I am filled with gratitude for...

Happy Birthday To Me!

Happy Birthday To Me!

I turned 49 years old last week which prompted a fair amount of reflecting on my purpose and what I most want to contribute in my remaining years on the planet. As we teach folks how to do in the Skid Row School, I have re-committed to what I am here to do: support...

Alumni Profile: Elizabeth Cushing

Alumni Profile: Elizabeth Cushing

Meet Elizabeth Cushing. Elizabeth is President of Playworks. As president, Elizabeth leads the senior management team and is responsible for ensuring that all strategic targets are met across the organization. What is the core/heart of Playworks’ intervention?...

Alumni Profile: Brigid Ahern

Alumni Profile: Brigid Ahern

Meet Brigid Ahern. Brigid is the Chief External Affairs Officer for Turnaround for Children. She oversees the Communications, Development, Policy and Systemic Impact teams and serves as the driving force behind efforts to increase stakeholder engagement to fulfill the...

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