Suicide and Response

The stereotype scenario became more complicated when we asked how these students at Renaissance High School think they are viewed by others. It depends upon where those other high school students are located. There's one view from outside of Springfield that lumps all Springfield High Schools together: "ghetto thugs, everyone wearing do-rags, swearing, using guns, smoking dope and selling drugs - both at the same time." This list was generated with the dull verbal tone of routine and placed in context: "This is what is shown in the media."
The stereotype scenario became more complicated when we asked how these students at Renaissance High School think they are viewed by others. It depends upon where those other high school students are located. There's one view from outside of Springfield that lumps all Springfield High Schools together: "ghetto thugs, everyone wearing do-rags, swearing, using guns, smoking dope and selling drugs - both at the same time." This list was generated with the dull verbal tone of routine and placed in context: "This is what is shown in the media."

Boop! (So you wanna be a nerd…)

The challenge of education today is only partly with the content. There is a lot more information to sort through in today's time than for previous generations. In the academic discipline of "Communication," the effects of constant exposure to media are explored in relation to the development of an individual's consciousness, showing links between psychological awareness and societal customs.
The challenge of education today is only partly with the content. There is a lot more information to sort through in today's time than for previous generations. In the academic discipline of "Communication," the effects of constant exposure to media are explored in relation to the development of an individual's consciousness, showing links between psychological awareness and societal customs.

What’s your name got to do with it?

The diversity of names in this small group led us to ethnic and racial differences. The facilitators were curious how much these differences lead to cliques in school. For these young people, hanging out with people of similar appearance is something that happened up until about 9th grade, and they think most of that was because of location. Who they went to school with before was who they hung out with, at least until they got to know each other. It is a deeper question to wonder if the clustering of certain groups in particular areas is simply coincidence. Where did you go to elementary school? What section? Which house? Were you in 16 Acres? There was a hint of class difference....
The diversity of names in this small group led us to ethnic and racial differences. The facilitators were curious how much these differences lead to cliques in school. For these young people, hanging out with people of similar appearance is something that happened up until about 9th grade, and they think most of that was because of location. Who they went to school with before was who they hung out with, at least until they got to know each other. It is a deeper question to wonder if the clustering of certain groups in particular areas is simply coincidence. Where did you go to elementary school? What section? Which house? Were you in 16 Acres? There was a hint of class difference....

tweaking the turns: resilience is systemic

Resilience requires, among other things, "distinguish[ing] between those catastrophes we can repair and those that require us to face a new reality" (p.35). I'm interested that "resilience" is typically invoked as a counterpart to crisis, as if it only emerges spontaneously in the face of a sudden unexpected event rather than persisting as a durable property of a system. Resilience is also most commonly described as a characteristic of individuals rather than groups. How we comport ourselves when wounded, however, is a matter of relationship that is fundamentally inseparable from the co-occurring internal psychological struggle.
Resilience requires, among other things, "distinguish[ing] between those catastrophes we can repair and those that require us to face a new reality" (p.35). I'm interested that "resilience" is typically invoked as a counterpart to crisis, as if it only emerges spontaneously in the face of a sudden unexpected event rather than persisting as a durable property of a system. Resilience is also most commonly described as a characteristic of individuals rather than groups. How we comport ourselves when wounded, however, is a matter of relationship that is fundamentally inseparable from the co-occurring internal psychological struggle.

Laughter is Important

United in Hope:
Celebrating Literacy through a Community Voice

Springfield, MA
14 November 2010

Wally Lamb emphasized the significance of humor responding to a question from an audience member about his new book, Wishin’ and Hopin.’ The United in Hope community event promoting literacy sparkled with humor, inspiration and poignancy. The program was anchored by the words of women … Read more...

When the learning curve is a wall

The hybrid nature of innovative business

The Roundtable on Social Entrepreneurship with Leticia and Victoria Hale that Pamela facilitated was one of the highlights of the conference (although it is hard to generate a ranking because everything was of such high caliber). “Real systems change is not just [the provision of] palliative goods and services,” Pamela explained. Systems change requires forging “partnerships […that…] leverage off each other in the positive sense to create synergies.” Learning how to accomplish this new balance between established modes of doing business (e.g., short-term, bottom line profitability for discrete individuals) with new sustainable modes of doing business (i.e., long-term, continuous resiliency with dispersed community benefits) was the main topic of this roundtable conversation.

The hybrid nature of innovative business

The Roundtable on Social Entrepreneurship with Leticia and Victoria Hale that Pamela facilitated was one of the highlights of the conference (although it is hard to generate a ranking because everything was of such high caliber). “Real systems change is not just [the provision of] palliative goods and services,” Pamela explained. Systems change requires forging “partnerships […that…] leverage off each other in the positive sense to create synergies.” Learning how to accomplish this new balance between established modes of doing business (e.g., short-term, bottom line profitability for discrete individuals) with new sustainable modes of doing business (i.e., long-term, continuous resiliency with dispersed community benefits) was the main topic of this roundtable conversation.

It’s the economy AND the environment (stupid!)

Womensphere with Newsweek
Global Summit

Day 1 at NYU: see photos!

I almost bailed out. My back was out of whack when I woke up the day before the two-day conference. I thought: I need to listen to my body. It isn’t up for this trip. As I lay in bed imagining the five hour bus ride to NYC, … Read more...

Desire to Action

It is impossible to overstate the achievements of this third Global Summit by Womensphere. Analisa spoke of "socializing ideas" and the laws of physics, especially the laws of attraction and inertia. What we experienced is the constitutive power of language: together - the members of the event team, presenters and moderators, and all of us participants - we spoke a culture into being. Kavita Ramdas put it like this: "I just made a community of sisters." Those 48-hours was an instance of planning coming alive, as expressed by one of the event team members (whose name I unfortunately didn't catch).
It is impossible to overstate the achievements of this third Global Summit by Womensphere. Analisa spoke of "socializing ideas" and the laws of physics, especially the laws of attraction and inertia. What we experienced is the constitutive power of language: together - the members of the event team, presenters and moderators, and all of us participants - we spoke a culture into being. Kavita Ramdas put it like this: "I just made a community of sisters." Those 48-hours was an instance of planning coming alive, as expressed by one of the event team members (whose name I unfortunately didn't catch).

learning resiliency

Sunday, 25 July 2010
western Massachusetts

Did you see the full moon?

Future stories of our first gathering could invoke the mythology of creation. We met on the front porch. Katie warmed us up with crazy tales of personal adventure while Nancy kept everyone’s beverage refreshed. Oliver chose to stay with us. Casual conversation carried us through the initial moves … Read more...