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 […]

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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. […]

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joi foley

In social change work, it can feel a lot like you're the only person who can do what you do. If that's true, then it's important to ensure that you can continue to do it.

topics: Personal Ecology

Take Better Breaks To Maintain Your Personal Ecology

Hello, Rockwood Blog Readers! I’m Rockwood’s new Communications Manager, so you may be seeing a lot of me around here. I recently read this article, and it got me thinking. Because I love what I do, I often find it’s hard for me to stop working, so I thought I’d share my tips for getting […]

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joi foley

"reinforce the message that answers or ideas need not come from a select group of individuals."

topics: Collaboration

For Better Collaboration, Leave Space For People To Contribute

There are a lot of reasons someone might not speak up in a meeting: they might feel like their idea is “not good enough”, they might be uncomfortable speaking in front of others, or they might just not want to ruin the “flow” of the meeting. Instead of trying to figure out exactly what might […]

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Kierra Johnson

"Rockwood is about healing the healers."

[Video] Rockwood Reflections: Meaghan Calcari Campbell

oh haaay! My name is Kierra and I’m a Program Coordinator here at Rockwood, and I want to welcome you to our very first video series: Rockwood Reflections.  I am so excited about this project and to be at the stage of showing it to ya’ll! The purpose of this series is to connect and engage past and future alum. The […]

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Stacy Kono

"Instituting a four-day, 32-hour workweek hasn’t just benefited the staff’s work and personal lives, it has also helped Rockwood grow as an organization."

topics: Personal Ecology

The Nonprofit Four-Day Workweek: You Can Take Care of Yourself and Still Change the World

One of the six practices we teach social change leaders here at Rockwood Leadership Institute is personal ecology: maintaining balance, pacing and efficiency to sustain your energy over a lifetime of activism. For the past seven years, we’ve found that a wonderful way to support our staff’s personal ecology is by instituting a four-day, 32-hour […]

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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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