Posts tagged: listening

In the Direction of Courage

Eyes Wide Shudder

It is with an anguished heart and clear eyes that I write this.

The difference in our historical context between Tuesday morning and today is stark and sobering.

The real cost of this election outcome will fall disproportionately on the undocumented immigrants, muslims, blacks, women, queer, and poor people scapegoated in this campaign whose human rights …   Read more

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Stanford Social Innovation Review Features Building Movement Project Co-Director Sean Thomas-Breitfeld Reflects on the Grantee-Grantmaker Relationship

Building Movement Project co-director Sean Thomas-Breitfeld

“When grantmakers go looking for feedback from their grantees, they can ask a lot of questions,” writes Building Movement Project (BMP) Co-Director Sean Thomas-Breitfeld. “But grilling grantees and listening to them are two different things, and the distinction is as much about intent as impact.”

The Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSRI), in partnership with Grantmakers for Effective …   Read more

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What is A Restorative Philanthropy?

The idea of restorative philanthropy was provoked for me at ivoh’s Restorative Narrative Colloquium last weekend. Restorative Narrative is an approach to storytelling (e.g. journalistic, documentary, etc.) that walks with a place or community over time, usually after a tragedy, to show how rebuilding and restoration are emerging. It contrasts (in both content and process) …   Read more

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Philanthropy Lessons: Who Knows More?

[This article was first published here on our partners Exponent Philanthropy’s site]
Let’s say you own a company that makes energy bars. You wouldn’t dream of releasing a new product line without seeing if your fitness-focused target buyers liked it. Similarly, a foundation should not launch a new grant program without checking in with the intended …   Read more

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What’s M.I.A. (Missing In Action) in the GOP Debates?

As last night’s debate demonstrated again, the GOP debates in this 2016 election season look more like ridiculous reality television than robust, complex, and respectful discussion of matters of meaning – particularly in addressing the deep needs and divides of this nation.  One ancient definition of debate is to “smash together” which certainly seems to be …   Read more

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