“We are the armor bearers for Elizabeth City” The Faith & Victory Christian Church (FVCC) [https://www.fvccfamily.org] is a non-denominational church that Bethsaida Ruiz and I visited in June in Elizabeth City, NC. It truly acts as a modern-day church, much like churches of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. You are welcome in their church dressed […]
Since we left Asheville on June 23rd, my colleague, Bethsaida Ruiz, and I have made our way across North Carolina visiting with four organizations that have been part of our TAKE 10 trainings, our first observation is that all of the groups we have met with do an amazing amount of work with very small […]
Two weeks, 1,600 miles, 11 hotel stays, 13 organizations.
The Biden/Harris administration has a lot going on. Dealing with the pandemic, the economy, climate change, infrastructure, cybersecurity, immigration, a $15 minimum wage….exactly what we call dealing with “complex change.” There are some lessons I hope they have learned that we teach in leadership training. Are you prepared to manage change? Too often, real change […]
For In These Times’ December 2013 cover feature, “Generation Hopeless?”, the magazine asked a number of politically savvy people, younger and older, to respond to an essay by 22-year-old Occupy activist Matthew Richards in which he grapples with what the movement meant and whether Occupy’s unfulfilled promises are a lost cause or the seeds of the different world whose promise he […]
I just wrote my new 15 year vision. I had created a 13 year vision back in 2007 for the year 2020. But, now I need a new one because almost everything in that vision has been accomplished. My new vision begins with “it is July 2028 and I am 75 years old.” I went […]
As I write this morning, I’m struck by the contradictions in our lives. I look out at the beautiful Cherry and Red Bud trees in full bloom and celebrate with joy the coming Spring. I look at the news and feel overwhelmed with images of bombs, guns, people hurting, and the ongoing onslaught of violence […]
On the Winter Solstice, we welcome the longest night of the year as an opportunity to dream big and ignite the spark of collective action. While we cannot predict the future, we can shape it. We can choose now to build the world we want to live in and leave for future generations. We can […]