The best things we read (and watched) in 2018
So 2018 happened.
It was a year full of change, connections and reconnections and clarity. I am grateful for the space and support from family, friends and colleagues for what was for me an exciting and, at moments, intense year. It was a year where I often thought about this quote from “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss: “...remember that Life's a Great Balancing Act.”
Part of that balance involved finding time to read and absorb things that inspired me and informed my work. As the year comes to an end, I wanted to share the things that have stuck with me with you:
Eight Books on Indigenous Research Methods - Our wonderful Dr. Hannum shared this recommendation in our April newsletter. It is critical that we expand our understanding of knowledge and truth to move beyond Western-centric notions.
What your workspace says about you - Our friend Julia Coffman shared this in our June newsletter. This reminded me 1) of how much I love Vanity Fair and 2) how everything we do says something about us (intended or otherwise).
Standing in the Fire - This summer I had the pleasure of being in a 2-part session at United Philanthropy Forum. The session, led by Inca A Mohamed, was titled Facilitating Conversations on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Not only was the session fantastic, but I also learned about this book, which has offered some great faclication framing.
Kristen Bell’s Sloth Meltdown - NEVER get tired of this video. I watch it in bed when I need to laugh or lighten up before closing my eyes. Sheer joy. And I find sloths fascinating.
Unusual Stories at Obama Summit 2018 - Last month, I had the honor of attending the Summit as a speaker, where I talked about evaluation and our responsibility to evolve its use and grounding. The bonus (besides being in the same room as President Obama) was witnessing some fantastic conversations like this one.
The Great British Baking Show - If you haven’t watched it, try it. I don’t love baked goods, but I do love watching people take the same base ingredients and create masterpieces. What I enjoyed most about this - beyond the craft - was the the diversity of the participants, the ways in which they laughed and joked with each other and how they ultimately supported one another to bring their best creations to the table.
Wishing everyone a restful holiday season and New Year,