The problem with trickle – down community engagement

Trickle-Down Community Engagement is a serious problem, and communities are getting exasperated. If we are to solve problems, we must stop thinking of communities as helpless children, and start trusting that people are the experts of their own lives and invest accordingly. “We need to stop finding solutions and instead fund them,” says one of my colleagues, Jondou Chen… There is way too little trust that communities have the solutions, that they are the solutions.

Vu, Nonprofit with Balls

Jessica Williams, The Daily Show

 

Updates, transitions and big changes

Oh my! It’s a been about four months since I last posted up here. I wish I could attribute the absence to a deliberate hiatus. But, I can’t. Rather, my focus has been elsewhere. Between working on my personal photography challenge, starting a monthly Brews & Brushes event series and transitioning into a new job, I have  been offline a lot more and it feels great! Nothing beats connecting with people in real life.

Sometimes, It’s Okay to Quit [Video]

A manifesto for quitting by Liz Danzico.

via swissmiss | The Fringe Benefits of Quitting.

Figuring Out If Racism Can Be Stopped in the Third Grade

“…but at base the school hopes to initiate what it calls “authentic” conversations about race, which researchers suggest may actually have been inhibited by liberal values for decades. Under the spell of color-blindness, previous generations have tended to avoid race as a subject, hushing their children when they refer to playground playmates as “brown,” believing that by not acknowledging race in public they were enacting a desire for equality for all. In fact, in the academic literature, “color-blindness” now refers to the reluctance to address race, not the ideal of casual intermingling.

For advocates of a new approach, that reluctance can be devastating — a refusal to acknowledge the full humanity of others.”

via Can Racism Be Stopped in the Third Grade? — Science of Us.

Housing First: Homeless No More [VIDEO]

Hasan Minhaj’s segment for The Daily Show about Salt Lake City’s mind-blowing initiative to eradicate chronic homelessness is spot on! Check out City’s unique solution to helping homeless individuals and families stay off the street.

Happy 2015!

2015 New Year

Art imitiating life

I am at a lost for words to describe how it feels to hear the decision of juries for the Mike Brown and Eric Garner cases. Hurt, anger, fear, shame, sadness, indifference and grief all at the same time. This is some traumatic kind of living.

“For his part, director Spike Lee took the video of the incident, which went viral, and intercut scenes of Radio Raheem’s death sequence in his seminal 1989 film, “Do The Right Thing,” essentially holding up a mirror to reality, emphasizing how much his art seemingly imitates (or maybe I should say, reflects) real life – still, some 25 years later, since that film’s releaseway.”

h/t Shadow and Act

The Social Nonprofit: How to Gain More Support From Your Followers

I’m famous! The Chronicle of Philanthropy retweeted me and included my tweet (5th tweet from the bottom) in their Storify. Life is good!

DIY modified toy cars to help children get around

A DIY solution to help make them the coolest kids on the playground. #LOVE

h/t Upworthy

DWYL: Telling People to Work for Love is Misleading

“DWYL is, in fact, the most perfect ideological tool of capitalism. It shunts aside the labor of others and disguises our own labor to ourselves. It hides the fact that if we acknowledged all of our work as work, we could set appropriate limits for it, demanding fair compensation and humane schedules that allow for family and leisure time.”

“In the Name of Love” by Miya Tokumitsu