Tyson Casey

Join us in congratulating our new Fellows!

topics: News

Announcing the National Yearlong Leading From The Inside Out 2016-2017 Fellows!

Rockwood is proud to announce our 2016-2017 National Leading from the Inside Out (LIO) Yearlong Fellows. Each year, Rockwood selects a cohort of 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 […]

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Akaya Windwood

"Keep steady on the path of building a just, loving, creative, and interconnected world."

topics: Resilience

Steady On

  Here’s what I know: we humans are on an inevitable trajectory toward liberation. Many of us have been working on that for a very long time. Our ancestors did their part even when there was no glimmer of hope. Our difficulty is that we can see the “promised land,” and that’s why it’s so […]

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Agustina Vidal

Emotional justice is an important – but often overlooked – part of social justice, and it may be a key to our liberation.

topics: Partnership

[Guest Post] 8 Practices for a More Emotionally Just Organization

When I worked in the human rights movement, I often heard the phrase, ”There are no human rights for human rights workers.” Because we had life-saving jobs, we felt like we would put people at risk if we took any time for ourselves. There was a double standard: workers gave intensive support to the people […]

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Darlene Nipper

In order for Rockwood to significantly impact the future of change in this society and this world, we must reach greater numbers of people, and a broader array of leaders.

topics: News

A Vision For The Future Of Rockwood

  Dear Friends, In 2009, I was a participant in Rockwood’s Leading from the Inside Out Yearlong Fellowship. As a black, gender-nonconforming woman from one of the poorer neighborhoods in DC, I was touched and surprised by how much of the program resonated with me. It was as though I found my home, my language […]

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Akaya Windwood

Social change, when done well, is an intimate act.

topics: Partnership

Intimacy

It is becoming increasingly clear to me that social change, when done well, is an intimate act. For many years, I was taught to ignore my feelings and intuition, and to develop unassailable plans and irrefutable theories to explain and legitimize my work. These days, I don‘t find this strategy as useful as it once […]

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Tyson Casey

Join us in congratulating the inaugural cohort of Returning Citizens Fellows!

topics: News

Announcing the 2016 Returning Citizens Fellows!

Rockwood is proud to announce the inaugural cohort of the Returning Citizens Fellowship! The purpose of this fellowship is to provide leadership development opportunities to formerly incarcerated, emerging leaders. The intention is to transform the stigma of incarceration while upholding the dignity and humanity of all people, regardless of relationship to the criminal justice system. Please join us […]

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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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