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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Stacy Kono

This special retreat fosters learning partnerships among the 24-30 racial justice and human rights leaders in the cohort.

topics: Art of Leadership, Cross-Movement

The Art of Leadership for Racial Justice and Human Rights Leaders

“The training provided me with the necessary space for reflection about the vision I have for my organization and my leadership style. Thanks to this space, I was able to see more clearly how I could make improvements and inspire leadership in my team.” ~ Vicki B. Gaubeca, Director, Regional Center for Border Rights, ACLU […]

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Stacy Kono

Just like in soccer, one person can make a huge impact, but all of the players need to work well together to win the game.

Embrace Leadership as a Team Sport

“We are not in the business of developing competitive leaders. Leadership is inherently relational.” ~ Rockwood’s President, Akaya Windwood, Pioneers in Justice: Building Networks and Movements for Social Change As people come together across the globe to watch the World Cup, I am reminded of the importance of teams, and how essential it is to […]

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Stacy Kono

Much of life is outside our control. But sabbatical space helped me to see we have choices in how we move through it.

Guest Post: Four Takeaways from My Sabbatical Journey by Shaw San Liu

Shaw San Liu is the Lead Organizer for the Tenants and Workers Center of the Chinese Progressive Association. She leads the Tenants and Workers Center staff team in conducting low-wage worker/tenant organizing, grassroots leadership development, alliance-building, and services and advocacy work at CPA with low-wage workers. She was a 2012/13 Rockwood Fellow for a New […]

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Akaya Windwood

What are the tools you’re using that allow you to effectively lead through times of deep change and transition?

topics: Art of Leadership, Performance

Change is the Work

As social change leaders, we are in the business of change. So, I find it interesting that even those of us who are at the forefront of the work can be resistant to the very changes we’re trying to make! Transition can be quite challenging — wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could achieve comfort […]

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Maddie Flood

We invite leaders who are working at small, Oakland-focused organizations that serve boys and men of color to apply for Rockwood's 2014 Changing the Way Change is Run Scholarship.

topics: Art of Leadership

Call for Applications: Nonprofit Leaders Serving Boys and Men of Color in Oakland

In March, a team of Rockwood staff ran in the Oakland Running Festival and raised over $2,500 to create the Changing the Way Change is Run Scholarship Fund. The Fund will help more Oakland social change leaders attend Rockwood’s Art of Leadership training. In 2014, we will award our first Changing the Way Change is […]

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Stacy Kono

"The teachers at the retreat reminded me that even though our individual actions can feel small in the context of social transformation towards an 'enlightened' society, the quality of each of our actions, no matter how small, does affect the whole."

topics: Love, Mindfulness

Compassionate Activism: Your Drop in the Bucket

How can compassion, and seeing the humanity of our “enemies” shift the way we engage in our activism? In early May, my Rockwood co-worker, Sharon Price, and I attended a weekend meditation retreat entitled, Being Brave: Is Enlightened Society Possible?, that featured talks by Buddhist teachers, Ani Pema Chödrön and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. While the […]

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Akaya Windwood

"Leading from the 'now' allows us to savor each moment and to make the most of our precious and important lives. It’s how we change the world."

In This Moment: Leading from the Now

There’s a lot on my plate in the coming months. In 2014, I will be traveling to Mexico, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, and will take a couple of trips within the U.S. And that’s only what is scheduled so far! All that future travel is making me feel exhausted today. I’m laughing at myself, because […]

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Stacy Kono

"I was inspired by the courageous commitment of each leader to their purpose and how, in the training, they were taking risks and challenging themselves."

topics: Art of Leadership, Purpose

Leadership Takes Practice: How I Remembered to Play Big, Forgot and Remembered Again

When I participated in the Art of Leadership as a new staff person at Rockwood eight years ago, I crafted a Life Purpose Statement that was about fostering love and connection by playing big in the world. This statement emerged from my realization that I had a habit of hiding behind my work because I […]

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Stacy Kono

"If we see that our partners in this work are tired, we can lift them up and promote each other’s personal ecology to ensure that the sustainability of the sector continues."

(Guest Post): A Charter for Creating Sustainable Social Change

Today’s guest poster, Miriam Persley, is currently the Operations Manager at the Leadership Learning Community: a diverse group of funders, practitioners, and consultants engaged in leadership development work. She enjoys merging her passion for budgets, people, learning, and social justice.  At the end of October 2013, I participated in Rockwood Leadership Institute’s Art of Leadership […]

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