“When you were 15, what would you have said to your teachers about racism?” This was the question I found myself pondering on a recent afternoon in the basement meeting room of Lewiston Public High School listening to a racial justice presentation from a group of strong, and inspiring young women from the 21st Century after-school program preparing for a workshop with their teachers. These women were about to stand i
You’ve been in those rooms, we all have. The ones where folks say “Wow we really need to do something about housing/gentrification in X city”. The lack of concrete follow-up – ANY concrete ideas on how that’s going to happen is like nails on a chalkboard to me. A few weeks ago, I had the honor of being in a room (newly remodeled and cooperatively owned) where that line was followed up, not by more head nodding
After more than 12 years of leading teams and creating coalitions I found myself and my talented colleagues stumbling on the same roadblocks to impact. We often had great ideas – we were building upon decades of brilliant leaders, thinkers and strategists – but fell down in the implementation of those ideas. When we went for help, we were able to find plenty of consultants that would come in and give us m
In light of the recent killings and violence in Tulsa and Charlotte, I find myself so deeply moved by the work of Shooting Without Bullets in Cleveland, OH. Check out their amazing work in this interview with Mother, Artist, Leader Shemariah Arki.