We have a bedtime routine with my one-year- old daughter, Helen. She gets a bath, a bottle, we rock and then she is laid in her crib for the night to go to sleep. This nighttime regimen was created when she was a newborn after plenty of reading and years of previous parenting experience, where my husband and […]Read more "Stand. Listen. Love."
Airports are places full of people. People of different cultures. People of different race, age and gender. All on an unique journey Recently, I was in the Chicago airport and had an experience that caused me to reflect on building community. 45 minutes until boarding time, I sat in my seat and typed on my […]Read more "Flight Connection"
I was first introduced to AmeriCorps VISTA through my instructor, who was the CEO of a local nonprofit. She would often share examples of how the VISTA members, Volunteers in Service to America, have strengthened her organization. I really enjoyed her class because of her hands on teaching style and participative facilitation that made the […]Read more "Redefining my legacy: My learning journey so far as an AmeriCorps VISTA."
I finished another successful training. I’m very fortunate to work doing what I love, working with people to change our mindset about poverty. I came home to my family after a long day that included a poverty simulation with community leaders. Most evenings, I debrief with my husband and he asks the typical question “How […]Read more "The Power of a Story"
I have a confession to make: I’ve never really liked the word “funder.” It’s a word we use a lot in nonprofit circles: “So-and-so is one of our funders.” “Here is a potential funder.” (Or if you’re like me: “Why can’t we just find more funders?”) It’s not that there’s anything wrong with the word, […]Read more "Why I Don’t Like the Word “Funder” (and Other Cantankerous Thoughts)"
Imagine you had a tool that would draw in all the needed resources of money and people. What if you had a veritable resource magnet? What if you had multiple means to attract resources of time, money, and networks to effectively lead a poverty alleviation movement? Would the effectiveness and sustainability of the efforts be […]Read more "Attracting Resources for Poverty Alleviation Work"
If anyone were to put on their business card, “Enabler of Radical Alliances”, it might be interesting to see how many job offers and fond associations it would elicit. This is not as “out there” at all, especially if you are interested in social change. Radical looks like the word “radish” for a reason. It […]Read more "A Radical Approach to Community"