Archive for the 'Inspiration' Category

Finding Daily Inspiration

Written on June 27, 2013 at 7:55 am

Recently I was talking to a long-term colleague about a project I’ve been developing based on this piece. He’s done some amazing work over the years for positive societal change, but admitted he’d become a bit cynical.  While we were talking about how hard it can be to bring about significant change he mentioned a recent return trip to a former war torn area ~ 15 years after he had done some conflict resolution work there.  “The changes that peace has brought were almost unimaginable then”.

It’s easy to get discouraged at the enormity of what needs to be done, …


The Boundary of Age

Written on February 20, 2013 at 8:14 am

This is a guest post by Kate Otto of  Everyday Ambassador.  My guest post on the same theme can be found on EA’s site here.

My name is Kate Otto, and I manage a website called “Everyday Ambassador”, where we discuss the dynamics of crossing boundaries of geography, culture, and socio-economic status in our efforts to make the world a better place.

When I recently met Bonnie, and we bonded over how many goals we have in common, I realized a boundary I so rarely cross on my site:

 What about the boundary of age?

So often, my generation sets …


A Year of Inspirational Reading (2012 Edition)

Written on December 13, 2012 at 8:38 am

This is my second annual “Year of Inspirational Reading” blog post.  For this year’s edition I’ve also included a category of poems and websites that were sent to me, in addition to hard copy books.  Here are this year’s submissions:


Mine: Wangari Matthai’s book Unbowed (and here’s a podcast I did on ‘her story ’). I was inspired by Wangari’s courage but also how she stayed humble. She knew that the honors were about the work, not just about her, and she didn’t hesitate to continue to work directly with Green Belt Movement members in the field, often literally …


Navigating Global Change

Written on January 19, 2012 at 1:58 pm

What skills, methods and tools will we need to navigate the choppy waters we are in and bring about transformative social change?

I have just spent 3 days in discussion with 22 people from 7 countries in a “we_b” laboratory held in Brussels under the umbrella of a new collaborative group we are calling Collective Impact x Innovation Institute (Ci2i).  Some of the concepts that we explored in this initial “we_x” lab included:

1.  Thrivability – Using a whole systems approach, we evolve our way of being together, of collaborating, so that our collective wisdom and action bring forth a …


A Year of Inspirational Reading

Written on December 14, 2011 at 2:29 pm

The blog I wrote quickly in October of 2010 “What Makes Someone Inspirational?” has turned out to be my most ‘searched for’ and read blog post.  I am also an avid reader and greatly benefit from the suggestions of others, so my end-of-the-year blog this year is sharing some of my and my colleagues favorite inspirational reads that we have read this past year.


  • Mine: “Boiling Point: Can citizen action save the world?” By Kumi Naidoo   Kumi with extensive experience in civil society and citizen action on the national and global levels, reflects on his experiences with a ‘call