Forget Empathy – It’s Time for Radical Connection

By |Oct 16, 2013|

This is a repost from the great new blog Transformation that tells the stories of people who are combining personal and social change in order to re-imagine their societies.

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    Don’t Get Stuck in the Muck! Six Common Pitfalls of Emerging Alliances

Don’t Get Stuck in the Muck! Six Common Pitfalls of Emerging Alliances

By |Sep 28, 2013|

Close your eyes and imagine the worst collaborative meeting ever. You know, the one that feels like a big dysfunctional family? The one where everyone’s worried because funding’s on the line, where the organizers and services people don't trust each other, where the small scrappy groups feel the well established organizations are getting all the shine, where no one actually believes anything collaborative is going to get done?

What Do We Want? Synchronicity! When Do We Want It? Now!

By |Sep 28, 2013|

Twenty years ago I was sitting at the Alex Haley farm with an amazing groups of young activists and veteran organizers from this country’s past freedom struggles. We were learning about how the conservative movement had organized and built a web of infrastructure to turn back the victories of the movements of the 60’s and 70’s and infuse fear...

Transformative Practice? Hell Yeah!

By |Sep 27, 2013|

When I came to MSC, my body and spirit were numb from pain. Not from nonprofit burnout, but from its source: the unresolved dance with oppression that had spun me around for decades. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was entering a period of severe testing in my life. I was stepping into some truly soul-wrenching challenges that were, I would come to understand, the universe’s way of wringing me out, getting me all nice and clean and ready.

An Alliance Tool My Mother-In-Law Would Love

By |Sep 25, 2013|

What makes Our Healthy Alliance different is that it is the only assessment tool specifically tailored to alliances that want to make social change and build social change movements. It’s a tool that reflects the real-world experience of social justice alliance building. And not only does it help you see where you’re at (“We make assumptions but don’t really know the capacity and skills of groups within our alliance”) it helps you envision how you could be in the future (“We discuss capacity and accountability openly and have agreements that reflect what each group can realistically contribute”).