Akaya Windwood

A legion of purposeful people leading with kindness, compassion, and interconnection is something of great beauty and power.

topics: Love, Purpose

Staying on Purpose

There are lots of feelings swirling these days – fear, outrage, outrage about who has the right to be outraged. There are feelings of sadness, grief, helplessness, and being overwhelmed. I’m sure there are many more, and it seems like I’ve felt them all. Why all the hatred? How come folks are so cruel to […]

Virada Chatikul

Rockwood is proud to announce a third Leading from the Inside Out Cross-Movement Yearlong Fellowship!

topics: Cross-Movement

2015-16 Cross Movement Fellows Announced

After two successful cohorts, Rockwood and 11 national movement-building organizations have launched a third Leading from the Inside Out Yearlong Cross Movement Fellowship for 24 senior leaders. This Cross Movement Fellowship represents an innovative methodology that will allow for the opportunity to network, build relationships, and seed the potential for collaboration among the organizations and across sectors in […]

Stacy Kono

A quick chat with a coworker could actually have huge benefits, to both your organization and your own individual wellness.

topics: Collaboration, Love

5 Ways to Connect with Your Coworkers (and Take Care of Yourself, Too!)

As you stare at your to do list for the day, you start to feel that familiar pinch — you have a lot to do, and not a lot of time to do it in. And because you know how valuable personal ecology is, you also want to make sure you get home to spend […]

Stacy Kono

"Embedded in the work of social justice activism are values that we find in different spiritual faiths like compassion for others, and I encourage social justice activists to practice them in their daily work. "

topics: Alums, Mindfulness

[Guest Post] Practicing What We Preach: Tools For Employing Spirituality and Mindfulness in Our Social Justice Work

The following was written by alum Victor Narro, and originally posted at Law at the Margins. Victor’s book, Living Peace: Connecting Your Spirituality with Your Work for Justice, is available here. He can be found on Twitter at @narrovictor.  We have tremendous victories to celebrate. Recently, the City of Los Angeles joined other cities throughout the […]

Tyson Casey

Please join us in congratulating our new Fellows!

topics: News

2015-16 National Yearlong Fellows Announced

Rockwood is proud to announce our 2015-2016 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 […]

joi foley

What may have seemed like a crazy idea – that I needed to start anew at home – was treated as an important revelation that I was then given support to hone and articulate.

topics: Alums

Rockwood Reflections: Amanda Devecka-Rinear

Today marks the third anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. We’re pleased to share a guest post from alum Amanda Devecka-Rinear about how that disaster affected her and started her on a new path.   In August, I stood on a New Jersey boardwalk with State Senate President Steve Sweeney, leaders from the New Jersey Organizing Project, and other amazing […]

Akaya Windwood

What would happen if we stretched across boundaries and differences to truly and deeply acknowledged our collective humanity—even if we are on opposite sides of a divided issue?

topics: Authentic Conversations, Love


I recently flew home from a conference and had the good luck of sitting in the exit row with an empty seat beside me. I was tired from all the talking and engagement, and was very much looking forward to a few hours of silence and downtime. At the last possible moment, the flight attendants […]

joi foley

What do you do when you're afraid of something that could strengthen your leadership?

topics: Resilience, Resources

5 Leadership Fears and How to Face Them [Free Infographic]

Fears. We all have them. Large or small, real or imagined, our fears play a huge role in shaping who we are. They can control our actions, change our personalities, and keep us from moving forward. But what do you do when you’re afraid of something that could strengthen your leadership? In order to be resilient leaders, we often have to face our fears. Because change doesn’t happen overnight, it’s important that we’re able to keep going, despite our fears, our anxieties, and our triggers.

joi foley

“Why me?!” I shouted to the darkness. “Why am I staying up this late to get work done AGAIN!?”

topics: Performance

Tricks & Treats: The Big List of Productivity Tools

My eyelids drooped, and I struggled to keep them open. I hadn’t had any real sleep in days. It was too dangerous for me to rest; if I took even the shortest of naps, I’d be done for. Just then, the clock struck midnight. My heart began to race as I realized what time it […]

joi foley

We’ve learned a tremendous amount these past 15 years, so we’ve put together a list of some of those lessons, in hopes that we can share a bit of that wisdom & know-how.

topics: Resources

15 Things We Learned in 15 Years [Free eBook]

Let’s take a little journey back in time to the year 2000. George W. Bush was elected President of the United States, the world’s population reached six billion, and the internet was quickly becoming a huge part of our everyday lives. Activists, organizers, and nonprofits seemed more important than ever. But when Rockwood’s co-founders Andre […]