Posts tagged: collaboration

The Whitman Institute Retreat 2012

By Pia InfanteTWI’s 4th retreat, like many of our previous retreats, was marked by bountifully good weather, rich conversations and connections, and a sensibility of community and renewal.Yet, something happened this time. Something distinct, and extraordinary. I left, and many reported similarly, feeling powerfully connected, renewed, vibrant and inspired. One participant thought that this year’s retreat was 100 times the potency of the last one. Perhaps the gatherings have simply built momentum over time.There were certainly some structural distinctions:Doubling previous participant cohorts, the group numbered 71 people – including current and former grantees, the trustees and staff, other funders, and kindred spirits. …   Read more

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The Politics of the Broken Hearted

By Pia InfanteWhen I first read Parker Palmer’s description of “the politics of the broken hearted” in his new book, Healing the Heart of Democracy, my heart expanded and contracted in resonance. I have a patched together heart full of despair, resilience, and ferocious hope about the time and world we live in.As I track the impact on the public imagination and consciousness of the Occupy Wall Street movement, I experience a similar sense of expansion and contraction. Stories from the streets have been inspiring (encampments have grown in over 1000 cities) and terrifying (Oakland police raiding a camp of 70 sleeping occupiers with 500 …   Read more

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Wiser Together: Partnering Across Generations

By Juanita Brown and Ashley Cooper
Tucked away in the small Appalachian community of Burnsville, North Carolina, is a family farm and a place of meeting that has recently become the new home base for Juanita Brown and David Isaacs, Co-Founders of the World Café. Together with Ashley Cooper, a young educator, community organizer, and Executive Director of TEDxNextGenerationAsheville, they are collaborating with Juanita’s 90-year-old mother and younger members from the nearby community to deepen the legacy of the farm for future generations. In these “notes from the field,” Ashley and Juanita tell a story that was also featured in the Innovation Marketplace at the …   Read more

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Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, and Black Power

By Pia InfanteJames Tracy, TWI community member, has co-authored a new book that offers, among other tenets, a call for uncommon conversations and unlikely allies.The following are a few thoughts from James about the project:Can you tell us a bit more about James Tracy? I was born in Oakland and mostly raised in Vallejo, CA. I was an accidental activist pretty early on. One day, a few friends and I cut school and snuck out to San Francisco for a punk concert that never happened. We stumbled upon a clergy led anti-nuclear demonstration in front of the Federal Building. That night the ABC News ran …   Read more

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Shelbyville Multimedia: Why the “It’s Complicated” Relationship is Often the Best Kind

February 22, 2011 By Maikiko James, Active Voice Program Manager For the last decade, Active Voice has built its portfolio of work around stories of immigration, an issue that becomes increasingly polarized while solutions seem to be dimming. With Shelbyville Multimedia, we’ve embarked upon our most ambitious and challenging project on the subject to date. Initially conceptualized as a series of web videos chronicling the experience of a small southern town undergoing rapid demographic shift, the project eventually grew into a full-length documentary and multimedia campaign that explores the characters’ journeys and transformations, and invites others to share in the process. Now with …   Read more

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