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March 2014 Blog Posts (32)

Bringing It Home

A few thoughts regarding the Deeper Change-CEIO forum recently held at the New Haven Grad Club…

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Added by THOMAS FICKLIN on March 29, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

“It’s a collaboration”: A dedicated family child care provider partners with a parent and professionals to give Kylie the care she needs

In December of 2011, Patricia became a foster mom to a baby girl named Kylie. “When she came to me, she was four months old,” says Patricia, “so light she was like paper.” Now two years old, Kylie is at a healthy body weight but has several significant developmental delays. Fortunately, she now receives free…

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Added by Jessica Sager on March 27, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Nonprofit Leadership and Not

The following New York Times article is a good example of what I think nonprofit leadership can (the now retired Chancellor) and not (the Board of Regents).  While the University is not precisely a nonprofit nor a Board of Regents precisely a board of directors, I believe the principles apply just the same.

Here is the…

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Added by Mike Burns on March 27, 2014 at 2:41pm — No Comments

Infinite Diversity versus Quantum Unity

I am currently participating the Community leadership program  and wanted to share a few thoughts thus far.

Being embedded and immersed has been really remarkable.

http://tomficklin.blogspot.com/2014/03/infinite-diversity-or-quantum-unity.html

Here also is the link to the program description…

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Added by THOMAS FICKLIN on March 26, 2014 at 6:22pm — No Comments

US Cities Where the Poor Are Most Segregated

In a way reading this article can make one go Ho-Hum, ie what else is new . Research without intervention can seem self defeating and impotent. Yet for my cup of tea, there has never been a time in American history and actually prior to 1776, and prior to the stamp act and the tea party, that the battle for resources and policy control has not been in play. Prior to Foxwoods ( the casino) there was some land gambling, blood letting and territorial war games taking place in Ledyard ! Today…

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Added by THOMAS FICKLIN on March 24, 2014 at 1:08pm — No Comments

Lend Elm Shakespeare Your Thoughts!

We know what we are, but know not what we may be.

(Hamlet 4.5.43-44)

On the eve of our 20th anniversary season, the Elm Shakespeare Company is looking ahead to the next 20 years of Shakespeare in our region. As part of this process, we are eager to collect input from those who love Elm Shakespeare, have yet to discover Elm Shakespeare, and everyone in between.

I invite you to participate in this anonymous survey,…

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Added by Daniel Fitzmaurice on March 24, 2014 at 10:45am — No Comments

Conflict Resolution/Leadership Book Club has a Movie Night! Get your HAPPY on...

Wednesday April 30, 2014 - Wednesday April 30, 2014

3013 Dixwell Avenue

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Added by Joe Brummer on March 23, 2014 at 9:16pm — No Comments

INEQUALITY IN EDUCATION: IT’S A NATIONAL PHENOMENON

Expansive Survey of America's Public Schools Reveals Troubling Racial Disparities

The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released…

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Added by N'Zinga Shani on March 21, 2014 at 9:09pm — No Comments

Google Hangout Conversation About Women Working with Black Male Achievement

You have probably heard about "My Brother's Keeper" POTUS initiative. My good friend  Quida Washington as shared that there will be Google Hangout conversation about Women working for Black Male Achievement this Monday at 6:30 PM.

On Thursday, February 27, 2014 President Barack Obama took a bold new step by using his authority in this nation's executive office to announce "a new initiative with leading foundations and businesses that will take a collaborative,  approach to…

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Added by THOMAS FICKLIN on March 21, 2014 at 4:19pm — No Comments

Groundbreaking Data Analysis Tool Measures of Child Wellbeing

One can become weary of studies and research. Yet in some ways it is the world we live in. The data tool linked below could prove useful as we strive to erase the need to measure disparity.

http://tomficklin.blogspot.com/2014/03/functiond-s-id-var-js-fjs-d_9549.html

Added by THOMAS FICKLIN on March 21, 2014 at 12:17pm — No Comments

IS THE GHETTO IN EXISTENCE BY DESIGN

Some of you may have seen the Clybourne Park play presented by the Long Wharf Theatre last season and or attended the related community conversations co presented by the Long Wharf Theatre and the New Haven Public Library. I had the pleasure of co moderating the panels with Colin Caplan and Clifton Graves. This immersion really opened my eyes to how public policy impacts the literal and metaphorical design of our lives. Note for example the increased gentrification of New Haven and what that…

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Added by THOMAS FICKLIN on March 20, 2014 at 11:44am — No Comments

Nonprofit Board Politeness

The following is an interesting "article" from Eugen Fram about what I call "polite" boards. Read and learn and feel free to share your own experiences and thoughts on the matter.

<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/nonprofit-board-professionalism/" target="_blank">&lt;a href=&quot;http://http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/nonprofit-board-professionalism/&quot;…

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Added by Mike Burns on March 19, 2014 at 2:32pm — No Comments

REBIRTH OF THE Q HOUSE OR COMMUNITY REVIVAL

 Food for thought let's incorporate the Q House real estate footprint into a Dixwell Corridor Master plan. Integrate for example the Varick Church Development intentions, the Dixwell Church braintrust and money trust, the Trinity Temple economic development aspirations, the Elks real estate investment and related stakeholders not to mention the Dixwell Plaza Merchants Association into a big time design that future generations will be proud of. Greater New Haven and core city is poised for…

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Added by THOMAS FICKLIN on March 19, 2014 at 10:34am — No Comments

FREE FILM SCREENING INEQUALITY FOR ALL- THURSDAY MARCH 20, 2014

There has been and will probably continue to be much hot and cold air released regarding wealth, possession, distribution and justice. The free film screening on Thursday presents a cogent point of view and of course there are other ways of assessing the creation, manufacture , communication and transport of human capitol and the fruits of our individual and collective labors. Those of us in the non-profit sector might "profit" from attending this "FREE" film screening !…

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Added by THOMAS FICKLIN on March 18, 2014 at 10:36am — No Comments

Teachers Union Pres Fed Up With Student Discipline in NHPS

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Added by N'Zinga Shani on March 18, 2014 at 12:30am — No Comments

Bill Graustein Lecture

You might not be able to travel to Pennsylvania to hear Bill Graustein deliver this presentation in early April. But on the other hand, given his loving and attentive investment into the New Haven non-profit community would it not be nice for a few folks to perhaps carpool and represent as the young people would say. Also who knows, perhaps we can entice Bill to deliver his lecture on home turf sometime soon as well !…

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Added by THOMAS FICKLIN on March 17, 2014 at 12:11pm — No Comments

To End The Abuse, She Grabbed A Knife

DOMESTIC ABUSE IS STILL NOT GIVEN THE RESOURCES & ATTENTION IT NEEDS AND DESERVES. IN MANY SEGMENTS OF OUR CULTURE WOMEN ARE STILL PERCEIVED TO BE PROPERTY. WE NEED TO EDUCATE TEENS; DOMINATION IS NOT LOVE. NO ONE SHOULD “OWN” OR BE POSSESSIVE OF YOU.

To End The Abuse, She Grabbed A Knife - The New York Times, Nicholas Kristof, 03/08/2014

Domestic violence deserves far…

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Added by N'Zinga Shani on March 16, 2014 at 1:20am — No Comments

Seeking Nominations for the 2014 Pillsbury Peacemaker Award

Annual Charles A. Pillsbury Peacemaker Awards

Hamden, CT - Community Mediation, Inc. seeks nominations for the Charles A. Pillsbury Peacemaker Award.  The Award is given annually to a person or organization within the greater New Haven area in recognition of their contributions to more peaceable communities and greater understanding among community members.

The Pillsbury Peacemaker Award is named in honor of Charles A. Pillsbury, a previous Executive Director of…

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Added by Joe Brummer on March 13, 2014 at 4:07pm — No Comments

BLACK BOYS VIEWED AS OLDER

There is always and understandably plenty of discussion surrounding fear and community safety. We have heard the current buzz words of creating a safe space, the hoodie phenomena from Geraldo Rivera, clutching the purse in the elevator, knock out punches and more. Those of us dedicated to making New Haven and empowered community recognize the challenges. Let's continue to combine faith and action.…

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Added by THOMAS FICKLIN on March 13, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Nonprofit Fundraising Board

It is believed, and there's evidence among the mega-nonprofits to support this contention, that a fundraising board can make the make or break difference for a nonprofit.  A Wall Street Journal article on the prospects for the WTC…

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Added by Mike Burns on March 12, 2014 at 3:50pm — No Comments

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Neighborhoods: What is Working

When Disaster Hits, Your First Responder Probably Will Not Be a First Responder

The FIRST assets in a disaster are neighbors. In fact, it turns out that while your neighbors have everything to do with your immediate chances in a disaster, your neighbors and their collective extended connections determine how well and how fast your community will recover.

Organizational Culture of Fear: The Shadow Side of US Culture

Don't let the title mislead you. Peter's intimate conversation with life, career and business coach CJ Liu is profound, touching and funny. Ostensibly a discussion of Peter's book Flawless Consulting, CJ says at the end, "We didn't talk about the book at all." Instead, the conversation ranged from personal transformation, integrating who you are with what you do and outlets for pain and rage to freedom, authenticity, courage and the power of co-creation--plus yoga, cartoons, parenting and much more.

The Problem With Problems

One of the reasons we may have so little productive citizen creativity at the local level is that people buy into the belief that the purpose of getting together is to deal with a problem. There is another purpose that is probably more important: engagement that mobilizes citizen creativity and contributions.

Open Street Project

Join us for an Open Streets Study Tour October 6th-8th!

The Open Streets Project is partnering with the non-profit organization New Brunswick Tomorrow to deliver an educational Open Streets Study Tour in New Brunswick, NJ from October 6th - October 8th. The Study Tour will feature classroom sessions, networking opportunities, a behind the scenes tour of New Brunswick’s industry leading Ciclovia.

The post Join us for an Open Streets Study Tour October 6th-8th! appeared first on Open Streets Project.

Open Streets Project Revamped

The Open Streets Project has undergone some changes over the last year. We bid a sad farewell to project co-founder, the Alliance for Biking & Walking, who are moving on to other things, and we happily welcomed a new partner, international Open Streets leader 8 80 Cities. We are excited for all the possibilities and energy this partnership will bring.

The post Open Streets Project Revamped appeared first on Open Streets Project.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Home for the Holidays, and for Good

This is the story of Michael Elliot, who was homeless and fighting cancer when his life took a sharp turn for the better. Through a unique partnership with ProMedica Health in Toledo, where he was receiving treatment, Elliot was introduced to a LISC Financial Opportunity Center. There, he worked with a financial coach, who helped him secure a safe, affordable apartment and even begin saving money—all within a few months. Said Elliot, “It’s the greatest thing in the world that I have a place to call home.”

Kindling Hope in a Chicago Neighborhood

You can feel the change, say residents. Police data show it, too. In just one year, crime and violence have dropped precipitously in Englewood, a Chicago neighborhood where LISC has long partnered with local leaders, according to an article in the Chicago Tribune. How did it change? A concerted mix of strategic policing and community engagement, says Julia Ryan, LISC’s VP for health & safety—the very approach LISC supports in Englewood and dozens of communities across the country.

LISC Pledges New Commitment to Health

LISC has invested deeply in the health and wellbeing of people in the places where we work for 40 years. But we’re upping the ante. President and CEO Maurice Jones calls partners to join us in upending health disparities through tailored investments in communities, and designing a plan to assess the health outcomes of our broad work in economic development, housing, safety and financial stability.

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