Akaya Windwood

What would the conversation about power sound like within the frame of kinship?

topics: Authentic Conversations

Bored of Racism

Ok, I admit it. I’m bored. B-O-R-E-D. Bored. Of racism. It used to interest me. I’ve worked to challenge it my whole life, and for many years I made my living doing “diversity” work. I used to get shocked whenever it occurred, but lately it’s been so ubiquitous, so pernicious and so persistent that it’s […]

joi foley

"Working for deep, structural change means that we must always look for connections." ~ alum Hamutal Gouri

topics: Partnership

Guest Post on Community: “Two Wrongs Don’t Make A Right”

Alum Hamutal Gouri has graciously allowed us to share this post about her thoughts on the importance of community in social change work on our blog. You can read the original post here.  Working for social change is a labor of love and patience… and, sometimes, of rage and righteous indignation. But at the end […]

joi foley

"When I walk into the training room, I am surrounded by people who inspire me and they keep me relevant."

topics: Trainer Talks

Trainer Talks: Interview with Maria Ramos-Chertok

Maria Ramos-Chertok a consultant, trainer, writer and mediator with over 20 years of experience in conflict resolution, team building, managing change, and cultural competency. She earned her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, and her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley. A Rockwood trainer since 2008, Maria sat down with me to share her thoughts on […]

joi foley

All too often, action-oriented social justice and not-for-profit leaders jump straight into planning the process – without first nailing down a clear sense of purpose and outcomes.

topics: Performance

Throwback Thursday: POP Everything! Strategic Planning in 30 Seconds or Less

It’s Throwback Thursday! Here’s one of our all-time most POP-ular posts, originally from Rockwood trainer Suzanne Hawkes’ blog. And if you enjoy this, be sure to check out another post of hers, 5 Qualities of a Great Organizational Vision. One of the simplest, snappiest and most useful planning tools I know is one we teach […]

Akaya Windwood

"We celebrate because celebration is medicine. We celebrate because we are humans, and that’s what humans do."

topics: Gratitude


  Rockwood turns 15 this year! We’ve come a long way from a few folks sitting around Rockwood co-founder Andre Carothers’ kitchen table discussing the state of non-profit leadership back in 2000. People were skeptical when Rockwood co-founder Robert Gass offered his first Art of Leadership – what were those strange people from Berkeley and […]

joi foley

Rockwood's staff shares how they make the most of their mornings.

topics: Personal Ecology, Rockwood Staff Shares

Rockwood Staff Shares: Morning Routines

This is the first in a new, ongoing series, “Rockwood Staff Shares”, about how the staff lives into Rockwood’s 6 Practices. If you’d like to know the staff’s take on something, send us an email!   In January, I started a new phase in my life: I became a morning person. I discovered, completely by […]

Virada Chatikul

Social justice work is not easy, and creating change in our communities can feel like a heavy responsibility. But my time at the goat farm reminded me that being overjoyed is part of the work, too.

topics: Personal Ecology

“Being overjoyed is part of the work, too”: Things I Learned at a Goat Farm

In February, Rockwood held its winter staff retreat at Harley Farms. The idea of visiting a goat dairy was actually proposed two years ago, then cancelled – to my disappointment. It’s been a dream of mine for some time to milk a goat. But good things come to those who wait… and to those who […]

joi foley

National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy's latest report has a lot of great info in it. Here are our 5 favorite facts.

topics: Resources

Our 5 Favorite Facts from NCRP’s Latest Report

Chances are, if you’re reading this, you may already know that leadership development can help you decrease burnout, build a stronger network, and connect (or reconnect) with your purpose. But did you know that it can also have a direct effect on communities of color? This is one of many interesting pieces of data in […]

Stacy Kono

As we organize for social and economic justice in our communities, it is critical to be reminded of how caring is at the core of what our movements are about.

topics: Love

The Heart of Our Work: Caring

Originally posted at On The Move, the blog of Move To End Violence. I went to hear Ai-jen Poo speak a few weeks back in San Francisco on her book release tour for Age of Dignity in which she calls for a transformation of our culture to prioritize “care” as our society experiences an “elder […]

Akaya Windwood

One of the challenges of being leaders in social transformation is balancing our desire to see immediate results from our work, and having the patience to take a longer view.

topics: Resilience

It’s About Time

I’m getting a little impatient about how much time it’s taking for humans to evolve. Really. It’s not as though we don’t know that everything is connected, that war and oppression are archaic and flawed, or that we can’t trash the planet without deep consequences to ourselves. Many, many, many of us understand these things. […]