Akaya Windwood

Remember who you are. Connect to why you’re alive. Reach out to those around you.

topics: Breath, Resilience

In Times Like These

  In times like these, people ask:   “What can I do?”   Remember who you are. Connect to why you’re alive. Reach out to those around you. Work. Rest. Breathe…   “What can I do?”   Remember who you are. Connect to why you’re alive. Reach out to those around you. Work. Rest. Breathe… […]

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Liz Telschow

Summer reading lists led me to books and authors I might not have encountered on my own, and ideas and places I hadn’t yet imagined.

64 Fantastic Things To Enjoy This Summer, As Recommended By Rockwood’s Staff

  Growing up, my summers began with a list. On the last day of school each year, I’d receive a list of recommended summer reading. It was not a necessity – I would have found plenty to read on my own – but it was a gift. It led me to books and authors I […]

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Akaya Windwood

Staying woke requires commitment. It doesn’t happen without intention.

Staying Woke

  There’s so much to pay attention to these days: genocide, oppression, terrorism, white supremacy, Trump. Hatefulness seems to be rampant, and people are hurting. That said, much of what is going on is simply noise and distraction, like the whine of a mosquito on the ceiling who makes it difficult to focus on what […]

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joi foley

At the heart of the findings is a challenged definition of “leadership.”

topics: Leadership

Guest Post: What Do Arts Leaders Really Need?

This is a guest post from John McGuirk, director of the Performing Arts Program at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The original post can be found here on Work in Progress, the foundation’s blog.   The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s Performing Arts Program invests in arts leadership because we believe the vitality of the sector […]

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Darlene Nipper

Prince didn't need to tell me what to do, or ask me to follow him. He simply shared his beliefs, and I evolved as I listened.

topics: Authenticity

What Prince Taught Us About Leadership

  Authenticity – that’s the word that comes to mind as I mourn the death of Prince. Watching every news outlet, every radio station, every friend pay homage to this musical legend, I was reminded what leading is all about: authentically sharing ourselves in a life-affirming way with all those we come into contact with. […]

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joi foley

Developing a clear and compelling Vision not only provides us with the plan for how we’re going to create a future, but it also allows us to include others in that work.

topics: Resources, Vision

How To Make A Complete And Compelling Vision For The Future [Free eBook]

For Rockwood’s annual staff retreat, we spent the day at the Institute for the Future (IFTF), an independent nonprofit research organization in Palo Alto with a 45-year track record of accurately forecasting the future. I walked in the door with what I see now were very restrictive ideas about “the future”. I thought it was […]

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Please join us in congratulating our new Fellows!

topics: News

Announcing the 2016 Rockwood JustFilms Fellows!

Rockwood is proud to announce the 2016 cohort of our Rockwood JustFilms Fellowship! This fellowship will bring together 12 leaders working at the intersection of storytelling, film, and social change to learn powerful skills that will shift their capacity for leadership and collaboration. This cohort represents a wide range of established leaders in the film and […]

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Darlene Nipper

Even though I fear that it’s the worst moment I’ve ever known, I know it is just that… a moment.

topics: Resilience

In Honor of Women’s History Month

  When I began writing this piece last week, my initial idea was to honor Women’s History Month. I’d been thinking a lot about the connections between biodiversity and gender diversity, and the importance of the cases about women’s bodies currently before the Supreme Court. As I was writing, however, there was violence across the […]

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joi foley

If you're in need of some motivation right this very second, reading this post is an excellent way to try this out!

topics: Performance

How To Waste Time: 7 Unusual Ways To Get Motivated

Sometimes, I get stuck on a project. It could be because I’ve come across a problem I can’t solve, because I’m not sure where to start, or even just good, old-fashioned procrastination. When those moments happen, conventional wisdom says I should barricade myself in my office, put my nose to the grindstone, and push myself […]

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Darlene Nipper

"I learned my values — my solidly American values — from my conservative family." ~ alum Ann Beeson

topics: Alums

[Guest Post] This is not the America where I grew up

Note from Darlene: The increasing volume of hate embodied in the voices of those running for the highest office in this country has reinforced for me the necessity of calling hate what it is and stopping it in its tracks. That’s why the following op-ed by alum Ann Beeson, executive director of the Center for Public Policy […]

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