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This month, meet Chris Corrigan: a process artist, a teacher and a facilitator of social technologies for face to face conversation in the service of emergence and supports invitation: the invitation to collaborate, to organize, to find one another and make a difference in our communities, organizations and lives. →
Does change come from the bottom up or top down? The simple answer is both — it often happens when there is collective leadership creating pressure on the outside of an institution, and allies inside the institution or with the power to influence the institution leveraging that pressure to create change.
Figuring out what’s true and what matters across different perspectives and different values is particularly difficult and is often uncomfortable. It can also take a lot of time and no one is going make you do it. However, if you don’t have some sort of strategy for gathering and making sense of information as a Foundation or a Nonprofit, you’re probably wasting resources and possibly creating harm. Read more →
“Data on topics such as who gives and why, how many foundations there are and the issues they fund, how many nonprofits there are and the focus of their work, and what new ways of giving are emerging, all helps to inform tax and public policy and to identify needs and opportunities to promote private giving for public good.”
“This dynamic is a challenge not only in the use of feedback in philanthropy but also in the sharing of ideas and information. In a world of information overload, whose ideas break through? The most powerful voice? The most compelling presentation? The newest idea?”
This blog explores how individuals and organizations plug-in to the communities they care about in order to spur others to action; especially in underserved rural communities where over half of Alaska’s population lives.
Earlier this summer, Juan R. Olivarez, Ph.D. joined the Johnson Center as Distinguished Scholar in Residence for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Tory Martin, Director of Communications and Engagement, sat down with Dr. Olivarez to understand how he feels philanthropy “can be a critical change-maker in this space.”
"What if all of those participation trophies, ribbons, and pizza parties, were actually teaching us that simply showing up matters? Maybe we learned that being part of something bigger than yourself, something that relies, for its very existence, on the continued commitment and basic participation of many individuals, is important. You don’t have to be the captain of the team to be valuable to it. You just have to be on the team."
The Cultural Responsiveness Organizational Self Assessment (CROS) Tool, an online program specially designed and validated for social service providers, can help interpret what culturally responsive policies and practices are working in your organization.
In a hilarious post for Deadspin, Matt Ufford recalls (with horror) how his take on this story changed once he revisited it as an adult.