Posts tagged: critical Thinking

Piercing the Illusion: A Culture of Political Art

[image artwork by Opal Tometi]
I’ve been deeply moved by the stories and images from the Cleveland conference that brought together over 1500 leaders spearheading the movement for black lives.
Like the catalysts for my musings on Feeding the Philanthropic Imagination, the inspirations from Cleveland provide a potent and timely example of rewriting narratives towards social transformation.
The #BlackLivesMatter …   Read more

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Would You Rather Be Ethical or Effective?

At my first session at the Ashoka Future Forum called “Scaling Trust,” I witnessed again the power of story and vulnerability.  A woman of color executive director leading a movement of thousands strong asked a room full of social entrepreneurs, nonprofit executives, funders, and investors: In fundraising, why do I so often have to choose between …   Read more

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Mindful Media

By John EsterleRecently, I was fortunate to attend Images and Voices of Hope’s annual Summit. The people, the setting, and what transpired left me feeling, in a word, hopeful! Corny, I know, but there it is.I’m honored IVOH has posted some closing reflections I shared at the end of the summit, which can also be read below. I hope they, and Lois Fiore’s thoughtful summary, capture some of the flavor of this rich, distinctive event.John Esterle’s remarks at the end of Images & Voices of Hope SummitSeptember 18, 2011 I want to thank the Brahma Kumaris for hosting …   Read more

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System Failure, System Frozen

By Edd ConboyNote: This is the follow up segment to Edd’s previous post System Failure, System Reboot. In these powerful stories, Edd humanizes the ways that our mental health and criminal justices systems often fall short – for precisely the people in the most critical need.Update on Roxanne: Since the posting of the first installment, the hospital official, who intervened on Roxanne’s behalf to ensure that there would be an effective treatment plan for her going forward, was able to schedule a hearing before a judge to name a guardian for Roxanne. An attorney was engaged by the hospital to represent her. Subsequently, …   Read more

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No time for Learning?

By John EsterleMay 19, 2011How do you build in learning when there’s no time to learn?Grantcraft asked its readers (primarily grantmakers) that question and over 1,400 people responded. Grantcraft has captured the major themes that emerged from this survey in a concise new paper they just put out. Here are their main recommendations: 1. Establish a culture of learning by building learning into routine processes. 2. Raise the profile of learning by noticing when it happens and naming it explicitly.3. Cultivate personal habits of learning that work for you. 4. Try new activities – but choose wisely and keep things simple.They also …   Read more

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