Darlene Nipper

I need to find ways to drop the narratives that hold me back, and pick up the stories of truth that have been the lifeline to get me here.

topics: Authentic Conversations

The Power of Story

I was raised on the life-breathing magic of stories. Stories formed my ideas about family, allowed me to see the strength of women, and convinced me of the potency of laughter. Stories helped my family survive poverty and oppression. Like the one about my grandmother’s craftiness at getting crabs in a pot (or on a […]

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joi foley

I’ve learned a lot of about resilience since high school, and I see something different in what I did that day: I instinctively knew I needed some time to take care of myself.

topics: Resilience, Rockwood Staff Shares

Rockwood Staff Shares: Self-Care

“Rockwood Staff Shares” is an ongoing series about how the staff lives into Rockwood’s 6 Practices. Check out the other posts here. If you’d like to know the staff’s take on something, send us an email!   For almost all four years of high school, I wanted to go to only one school when I graduated. I […]

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Sharon Price

Constantly being “on” all the time can cause us to feel overwhelmed, stressed-out, and anxiety-driven. We can’t change the world if we’re burned out.

topics: Personal Ecology

[#TBT] Work-Life Balance Tool: Intentional Airplane Mode

Sharon led a webinar about this topic that is available forNonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) members. This post first appeared on the NTEN blog. I love being on planes because my beloved cell phone gets turned completely off, or put into “airplane mode.” I am rarely more than a foot away from my phone, so there’s something about […]

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Akaya Windwood

Love, kindness, and a sense of humor can actually help shift our anger, and lift us in another direction.

topics: Resilience

Grieve, Be Kind, And Don’t Forget To Laugh

I ran into a colleague at the market the other day and asked how she was. She teared up and answered, “Vertical today, but I’ve been horizontal lately… hard to get up with all that’s happening in the world.” Yes, times are very hard, and many of us are grieving. That’s a very natural response […]

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joi foley

There’s no one way to practice self-care. What matters most is that we practice it when we need it.

topics: Personal Ecology, Resilience

21 Self-Care Resources To Help You Heal And Survive

Our most popular blog post of all time is this one from 2013, featuring 7 self-care tips for leaders in social justice work. When I say “most popular of all time,” I mean it has been viewed 11,136 times, and has been shared on social media over 4,000 times. (To compare, our next most popular […]

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Darlene Nipper

For me, being in the now is a powerful tool for helping me to reconnect with my wisdom and find clarity, which ultimately allows me to fight these atrocities and change the world.

topics: Resilience

Being Present, Being Resilient

There are times when fear and discomfort tell me the best thing to do is escape, maybe hide under the covers or distract myself to take my mind off things. But it’s the most fearful times – like the shooting in Orlando and the bombing in Istanbul – that show me how crucial being present […]

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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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