Akaya Windwood

All of our actions, individual and collective, large and small, have an impact on the world and are interconnected. No single action or choice stands alone.

topics: Authentic Conversations

Oakland, Sydney, Ferguson, New York…

It’s been raining here in Oakland – a cause for deep celebration. We’re in our third year of drought, and the rains are a gift in this very dry land. This morning while driving to work, I noticed three people disembarking from a bus. They all had rain gear on – boots and jackets and hats. […]

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We’ve created a special desktop wallpaper to remind you of your purpose each time you sit down at your computer! To download it, just click here, or on the image above, and choose the size that’s right for you (there are four sizes to choose from). If you’re unfamiliar with how to change your computer’s […]

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Akaya Windwood

"Something was lost when we began to professionalize the making of social change. Our songs became chants, our dances became marches, our rallies became meetings and our art was relegated to the walls of conferences."

topics: Art of Leadership

Music to My Ears

I’m old enough to remember when music, dance, art and poetry were integral parts of social change. No one would even consider having a meeting that didn’t include some aspect of celebrating the human spirit. There is something deeply satisfying about gathering in groups and singing together. Collective music around the fire or down by […]

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Stacy Kono

"Timing is everything and Rockwood came at a perfect time. The week with the women and trainers gave me my joy back."

topics: Art of Leadership

2014 Art of Leadership for Women in Racial Justice and Human Rights

The 8th annual Art of Leadership for Women Working in Racial Justice and Human Rights is coming up! The session will be held December 8-12, 2014 at the Garrison Institute in Garrison, NY. The deadline to apply is November 17, 2014. This special training brings together women of color and white women leaders engaged in reproductive justice, […]

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Tyson Casey

Since 2003, this executive leadership program has emerged as one of the nation's leading learning laboratories for experienced social change leaders.

topics: Art of Leadership

Rockwood 2014-15 National Yearlong Fellows Announced

Rockwood is proud to announce our 2014-2015 National Leading from the Inside Out (LIO) Yearlong Fellows. Each year, Rockwood selects 24 nationally recognized leaders to participate in our transformative LIO Yearlong Fellowship. Since 2003, this executive leadership program has emerged as one of the nation’s leading learning laboratories for experienced social change leaders. National LIO […]

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Akaya Windwood

"It is incumbent upon us as leaders – those of us who are committed to wholeness and integrity – to remember that optimism is an essential tool in our kit. Even if we’re working to end something, we are inherently working to create something new."

topics: Art of Leadership, Resilience

To be optimistic is to be wise

My heart is breaking over news from abroad and at home right now. It’s an easy time to think the worst of my fellow humans. However, I’ve come to see that pessimism is expensive. It robs us of our passion and our commitment. It diminishes our work, and the people on whose behalf we are […]

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Pia Infante

I was demonstrating a phenomenon I've witnessed often - shortchanging a complete ending by jumping into the new.

topics: Art of Leadership, Resilience

Guest Post: In Between: 3 Tips to Transition From One Leadership Role to the Next

At the end of May, I took time off between my previous job at Rockwood directing transformational capacity building work and a new role as co-executive director of The Whitman Institute. I was leaving a beloved and highly time intensive nonprofit role for a new one that held the exciting promise of intentional co-leadership and […]

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Akaya Windwood

Our survival depends on our willingness to neither succumb to the well of despair, nor lose ourselves in the netherworld of denial.

topics: Authentic Conversations, Resilience

Finding Balance in Turbulent Times

Dearest Community, My heart has been breaking the past couple of weeks. Ferguson, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Gaza, Syria, Ukraine, suicide, depression, family violence. The list seems endless. Every time I turn around, some new horror has transpired, and it’s been difficult to find my equilibrium. I’ve cried, raged and felt quite adrift. I […]

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Sharon Price

When was the last time you intentionally turned off your phone for at least an hour?

topics: Personal Ecology

Work-Life Balance Tool: Intentional Airplane Mode

Sharon will lead a webinar, Work-Life Balance Tools for Tech Leaders in an Over-Connected World, hosted by NTEN (the Nonprofit Technology Network) on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 from 11 AM-Noon. This post first appeared on the NTEN blog. *** I love being on planes because my beloved cell phone gets turned completely off, or put […]

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Akaya Windwood

While it may ease things, if liking someone is criteria for partnership, we’ll be quite limited in our work toward a just and equitable world.

topics: Collaboration, Partnership, Resilience

Can I Dislike You and Still Be Your Partner?

Everybody seems to be talking about partnership these days. There are funder partners and organizational partners and strategic partners and sector partners. We in the social benefit business love to use the word “partnership.” Even here at Rockwood, partnership is one of our practices. We value it deeply. It can be easy to partner with […]

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