Standing Up Against Intimidation

Published on July 19, 2021.

“We are the armor bearers for Elizabeth City” The Faith & Victory Christian Church (FVCC) [] 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 […]

Update from the Road

Published on July 6, 2021.

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 […]

The Legacy of the Black Belt – Our Road Trip to Eastern North Carolina

Published on June 22, 2021.

Two weeks, 1,600 miles, 11 hotel stays, 13 organizations.

Saying NO – Sharing power and accountability

Published on April 27, 2021.

Activists are so busy doing. But they have to take the time to stop, rest and reflect. They have to learn how to say, “No.” This is not a luxury; it is the real work activists must do in order to be effective in a complicated world.

Change is Coming

Published on March 1, 2021.

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 […]

‘Hopelessness is Our Biggest Enemy’ – In These Times’ article by Linda Stout

Published on December 10, 2013.

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 […]

Cultural Shift #4 – Beginning with Vision by Linda Stout

Published on July 28, 2013.

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 […]

Being a leader, starting with ME – Making a Cultural Shift

Published on June 27, 2013.

How do we embrace the challenges that we face today as well as tomorrow’s promises? To do this we must lead with hope and optimism, with vision. If we really want to create change in the world, it begins with “me” — with [insert your name]. We are all leaders although some may be playing […]

Monthly Series on Cultural Shift by Linda Stout

Published on April 24, 2013.

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 […]

Our Theory of Transformation – A Short Video

Published on December 21, 2012.

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 […]