Blog

2023 Reading List

This year’s reading list involved learning more about Mexican civil rights, transgender history and theory, Native American history and present, tyranny, the FBI, poverty, the economics of slavery, abolition, women’s rights in Iceland, demographic analysis of voter attitudes during the last election, Palestine and Israel, and biographies of Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King. On the music end,…

Read more >

Racial Equity Toolkit, webinar & podcast

Dominique Samari and I have created a comprehensive Racial Equity Toolkit for centering racial equity in collective impact. It includes six sections Looking Inward: Racial Equity Begins Within: activities for individual and team reflection Ground the work in Data and Context, Target Solutions: approaching strategy with targeted universalism and approaching data in asset-based, community-informed way Focusing on Systems Change, in…

Read more >

Talking Bob Dylan on Pod Dylan podcast

I joined the Freewheeling’ Rob Kelly on his podcast that goes song by song through the Bob Dylan catalogue to discuss the humorous “Motorpsycho Nitemare” from 1964. I talk about my journey to becoming a fan and provide some personal experience and analysis related to the song.

Read more >

2022 Reading List

My 2022 Reading List began studying Liberia, exploring Native American history, a study of broken systems in child welfare and homelessness through the eyes of a child, then a journey through Abolition, Reconstruction, Ida B Wells, WEB DuBois, and William Lloyd Garrison. This year also included a look at racist violence, union challenges, a pandemic, and widening wealth gaps a…

Read more >

2021 Reading List

This year, I studied and read books about policing and criminal justice, early American history, Latino history, Native American history in the South, reckoning with our history, Juneteenth, the filibuster, democracy, the darkness of the Trump years and a hopeful read of history that could restore us. I also wrestled with conservative philosophy. On music, I dug into my two…

Read more >

2020 Reading List

In 2020, my reading journey included a deep dive into the four decade rise of the modern conservative movement, a deep dive into Reconstruction through the coup in Wilmington, a study of the Trail of Tears, the Great Migration, and the Troubles in Northern Ireland. I also explored Caste, James Baldwin’s ideas, the legal structures of systemic racism, the polarization…

Read more >

Letter to Mayor Barrett (Answer the call for change)

Dear Mayor Barrett, I have been a supporter of yours since 1992, and today I’ve never been more disappointed in your leadership. My friends, my neighbors, my children, and I are all marching, and you have enabled the police and national guard to operate as an occupying military force that is treating our citizens as enemy combatants rather than concerned citizens…

Read more >

Scenario Thinking for an Unpredictable Year

This blog is also posted at The Collective Impact Forum with a downloadable tool. Status Quo is not an option. During the past month, many of us have had our lives and livelihoods completely upended. We have been forced to respond to emergencies in our work and for some of us, in our lives. For those of us still working,…

Read more >

Managing Change During the Pandemic: Thoughts for Collective Impact and Nonprofits

This blog was written for The Collective Impact Forum and is reprinted below. —- We are living in an unprecedented, unpredictable, and scary time. It is hard for all of us. After several conversations with colleagues and much reflection on how collective impact efforts respond, I hope the following thoughts and recommendations may be helpful. “It’s OK to not be…

Read more >

Alabama Civil Rights Tour

For years, I have wanted to tour civil rights sites in Alabama. The Equal Justice Initiative’s new Legacy Museum and Peace and Justice Memorial grew that interest. The history is inspiring and it is heavy – the reminders that the struggle continues are everywhere. I’ve studied this history extensively, but I think anyone visiting would find it instructive, moving, and…

Read more >

What I Watched in 2019: Movies

I am not a critic but love movies and with my travel and my wife’s shared interest, we see a lot. Here is my take on Oscars and the films I really enjoyed this year. My TV and Streaming list is here. My Oscar Picks I think the best film of 2019 was Parasite. Surprising and relevant film about class…

Read more >

What I watched in 2019: TV and Streaming

I spent 122 nights on the road last year, and between flights, hotel rooms, eliptical machines, and dining alone I get to read and watch a lot. I am not a cultural critic, I just watch a lot. Here is my TV and Streaming List (I’ll separately post my movie list). There was so much great TV this year. Best of…

Read more >