I’m hoping this finds you in the midst of a luxurious holiday, enjoying some down-time with loved ones.

Wherever you are, I have a few cool things I want to share with you.

1. Every New Years Eve since 2000, I have asked myself these same personal vision questions. The nutty thing is that just about everything that I’ve journaled about has become real in my life – one thing in particular became real 19 years later this year! Previously I’ve only shared this with our fellows but it’s so powerful that I want to share it with you, too.

2. Selena Liu Raphael, our Operations Manager, was interviewed for this Pregnantish Podcast about being a single mother by choice and her process in choosing a sperm donor. I cried happy tears twice while listening to her story and wanted to give you this chance to know this amazing person who does so much to make the Billions Institute hum and sparkle.

3. In case you missed it, episodes of Season 2 of our podcast, Unleashing Social Change, are available now – with more being released each week. Here are the top 3 most downloaded in 2019.

Dan Heath: A Primer on Behavior Change
Angele Davenport: Grounding Your Work in Racial & Social Justice
Dr. Kate Hurley: How Two Veterinarians Launched a Movement That has Saved Over 2 Million Cats from Unnecessary Euthanization

January 1st marks the five year anniversary of the Billions Institute so Happy New Year and Happy Anniversary to Us!! And to you, too! I feel so proud of what we’ve created together so far, and so excited for what’s to come! 


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Last Day to Register for the only Skid Row School in 2020 is Dec 31st! 

The next (and only!)  Skid Row School for Large-Scale Change in 2020 will be January 28th – 31st, 2020 in Pomona, CA on the CAL POLY campus. Work as a team to design your plan for the next iteration of scale. Address any hidden group dynamics that might hold you back. Leave with a plan to scale in hand. We will offer this again in 2021 and will also be rolling out a new workshop that maps to the book we’ll be releasing later next year!

Anti-Racism for White People: 

My amazing wife, Christine Margiotta, is launching version 2.0 of her year-long course, Anti-Racism for White People: Walking the Walk. This virtual course creates a deeply reflective and action-oriented community to explore how to be agents of interpersonal, organizational, and systemic change in service of racial justice.

This course is open to anyone regardless of location or affiliation with SVP and it is FREE  (though donations are graciously accepted).

I took it last year, will be taking it again next year, and I know I am biased but it is really good.

Please note that while this course is again focused on growing the community of white people engaged in the work of racial justice, they welcome and deeply appreciate folks of color who are interested in partnering with white people on this journey. 

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