10 Questions for Engaging in the World in 2015

Posted by on Jan 1, 2015 in inspiration, social justice | 0 comments

For me, 2014 was a year of deepening partnerships, both professionally (working closely with amazing colleagues) and personally (my first full year of marriage).  It was also a year of protest, as I joined hundreds of thousands of you in taking to the streets to decry climate change and to hold up the value of Black lives. So as I looked toward 2015, I approached my annual New Year’s reflection with an eye toward engaging in the...

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Connect, Then Ask Without Shame

Posted by on Mar 5, 2013 in front page, inspiration, social justice | 0 comments

Nonprofits must always be asking for support.  The majority that fundraise for their budgets craft compelling proposals to foundations, generous individuals, and government funders.  Those that advocate for change ask for our attention and our actions. From my very first months in my first nonprofit job, where I was involved in fundraising, I learned from my mentors the subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) practice of relationship cultivation...

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From the Vault: Pondering Purpose in the (Jewish) New Year

Posted by on Sep 28, 2011 in inspiration, leadership, mindfulness, social justice | 0 comments

  For those who celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, now is a time of reflection, of returning to that which we value most, and of reconciling our best intentions with our actions.  In the spirit of the holiday, I offer this post from the vault: Pondering Purpose in the New Year.  Whether or not you are celebrating the birth of a new year this week, I invite you to take a moment to step back and reflect with this exercise....

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Pondering Purpose in the New Year

Posted by on Jan 3, 2011 in inspiration, leadership, mindfulness, social justice | 0 comments

Today I’ve been revisiting some of my favorite perspectives on the concept of purpose.  I am particularly moved by these words by choreographer Martha Graham: “There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action.  And because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique.  If you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.  The world...

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Peter Block Asks You to Bring Surprise into a World that Wants Control

Posted by on Oct 18, 2010 in inspiration, leadership, learning, social justice | 0 comments

Last week organizational consulting guru Peter Block spoke at my school.  Block, the author of numerous books (most famously, Flawless Consulting) has over the past decade turned his attention to creating communities “that work for all,” most notably in his own community of Cincinnati, OH.  Block describes his work as “bring[ing] change into the world through consent and connectedness rather than through mandate and...

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8 Great Uses of a Snow Day (Or Other “Found Time”)

Posted by on Feb 10, 2010 in GTD, productivity, social justice, time management | 3 comments

My former boss used to talk about the wonderful feeling brought about by “found time.”  Found time is when you unexpectedly gain free time — because of a cancelled meeting or a postponed lunch date — and get to decide how to use it.   As over-scheduled as most of us are, a few hours of found time can feel pretty luxurious. Much of the East Coast is getting some found time this week in the form of a snow day (or...

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