July 12, 2013 § 1 Comment
For fun, I started making a list of people I would actively want to work for. Not organisations, but individual leaders I admire and want to learn from. Who would you add?
So far I have –
July 12, 2013 § Leave a comment
“Today there are many groups of people. There are clubs, there are political parties. There are many forms and types of issue-oriented groups: against nuclear armament, against racism, against this or that. There is a danger, in issue-oriented groups not based on community, that the enemy is seen as being the one outside of the group. The world gets divided between the “good” and “the bad”. In issue-oriented groups, the enemy is always outside. We must struggle against all those who are outside of our group. All those who are of the other party.
True community is different because of the realization that the evil is inside – not just inside the community, but inside me.”
June 28, 2013 § Leave a comment
We have ambitious plans for Campaign Bootcamp to strengthen the NGO sector – and hope you will be part of it.
Thank you so much,
May 11, 2013 § Leave a comment
“A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.”
April 21, 2013 § Leave a comment
“If we have no peace, it is because we forget we belong to each other.” Mother Theresa
While listening to this interview with Greg Boyle about his work with gang members in LA, an audience member asked a question which made me say ‘oooah!’ out loud while cycling through downtown Boston.
She starts by asking the simple question which so many of us carry – “So what can I do? I mean, what can I do beyond writing a cheque?” But then she says – “once I have bought the indulgence – what next?”
I love that comparison. The sale of indulgences was one of the most prominent aspects of early modern religion that Martin Luther so decried, and that ultimately led to the Reformation. The idea that you could buy salvation revealed the empty, bankrupt soul of the Church. It was no longer purpose-driven.
If justice is living alongside one another and being joined together in mutual liberation and transformation – this is so uncomfortable! It goes against everything else in our lives – our jobs, our social circles, our ambitions. We have to let go of the easy, planned lives we lead to do this. And that is precisely what religious institutions are supposed to help us with. A place, a time, a process – led by people who know what they are doing, to re-enter our human family. Doing this is what religion is – a practice.
So if we aren’t living alongside one another and buying indulgences to assuage the guilt – why has it happened, and what can we do? From what I can see, the church as an institution is failing to meet these needs of most human beings today. It has failed to provide the necessary counter-balance to modern life’s demands and pressures. An unrestrained capitalist system, exploitational advertising, time poverty etc etc needs a strong, rigorous institution which keeps those impulses in balance with our intrinsic values.
Does that mean it is time for another Reformation? And are we already seeing it happen?
April 9, 2013 § Leave a comment
When I was 18, I went to my first campaign training. It was magical – for the first time, I realised that I could turn my sense of injustice into practical action that could change things. I practiced skills that I would use over and over again in my activism, made friends who are with me still, and learned that I could earn a living doing this work. Without these trainings in my first few years out of school – I would never be doing what I am today.
So, as NGO budgets are cut and youth trainings disappear, some friends and I have come together to launch Campaign Bootcamp – a five day campaign training for young people. Applications have just opened – can you pass this on to 18-28 year olds that you think might be interested? The deadline in April 26th.
We have specific scholarships for marginalised youth, so we are excited to help build leadership from across society.
Please post on Facebook, twitter and forward the short email below. Thank you so much – I really appreciate your support,
PS. We’re documenting the learning we’ve done and mistakes we’ve made. Feels great to be honest and open about this : )
March 8, 2013 § Leave a comment
If efficiency is doing things right, and effectiveness is doing the right thing – why don’t we ever talk about ‘economic effectiveness’ but only ‘economic efficiency’? Is it because we have not had a proper conversation about what our economy is for?
March 1, 2013 § 1 Comment
My pal has started a neat little project – Anarchists in the Boardroom to help NGOs move beyond the industrial model of work. Sits very much in line with my previous work with Common Cause. I’ve chipped in : )
February 22, 2013 § Leave a comment
February 18, 2013 § Leave a comment
If you haven’t yet read Michael Edwards and Gita Sen’s essay on the need for personal transformation in the work of systemic transformation – you are doing yourself a disservice.
Great example of a holistic Theory of Change.