President Barack Obama | Victory Speech

Here’s the full transcript from President Obama’s acceptance speech on Wednesday morning, Nov. 7, 2012. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you so much. Tonight, more than 200 years after a former colony won the right to determine its own destiny, the task of perfecting our union moves forward. It moves forward because of you. It […]

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Leaders & Leadership | Resources & Stories

This year for our activists, allies & agents section, we’re including resources for leadership as well as our stories from 2012. Leaders from 2012 Claude AnShin Thomas | The Art of Nonviolence  Victor Lewis | The Mysteries of Radical Wisdom, Healing, Justice & Resilience Eveline Shen | Reclaiming Our Bodies, Ourselves Stacy Kono | Leading […]

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Todd Paglia | Speaking for the Trees

Todd Paglia started his advocacy career with Ralph Nader in 1995 by taking on some of the largest companies in the US on issues of corporate welfare and consumer protection. He also led in the transformation of the purchasing practices of the federal government, the world’s largest consumer of paper.  After more than a decade with ForestEthics, Todd has […]

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Mike Edwards | Tools for Unraveling the Emperor’s New Clothes, Pt II

In Part II of our interview with Mike Edwards, he talks about the importance of civil society reclaiming its wisdom and the great potential that lies in movements like Occupy Wall Street.  XC: In your piece, “Know-How, Know-What,” you mention that knowledge is important as a force for social change. I was hoping you could say more about […]

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Mike Edwards | Tools for Unraveling the Emperor’s New Clothes, Pt I

Michael Edwards is a writer and activist based in upstate New York who focuses on the links between personal and social transformation. He has spent 35 years in the non-profit sector in a variety of organizations including Oxfam, the Ford Foundation and Demos, where he is currently a fellow, and he also helped to launch the Seasons […]

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Mirabai Bush | The Work of Compassionate Action

Mirabai Bush is Senior Fellow and the founding Director of the Center on Contemplative Mind in Society. She has led contemplative trainings for social justice activists, teaches compassion practices at the Smith College School of Social Work, helped to create Search Inside Yourself at Google, and directed the Contemplative Practice Fellowships to explore such practices […]

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Ai-Jen Poo | Domestic Workers & Finding Balance Through the Lens of Love

Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), has been organizing immigrant women workers since 1996. In 2000 she co-founded Domestic Workers United, the New York based organization that spearheaded the successful passage of the state’s historic Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in 2010. In 2007, DWU helped organize the first national domestic […]

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Aqeela Sherrills | Beholding, an Act of Deep Love

  Spirit Centered-Activist, Advocate and Social Entrepreneur Aqeela Sherrills is the principal partner of The Reverence Project, a 3-fold initiative that is working to shift the social and philosophical construct of present world culture rooted in violence, shame, guilt and fear into a more balanced world view rooted in reverence, forgiveness, compassion and truth. He […]

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Ai-jen Poo | Organizing Labor—With Love

Ai-jen Poo does her work from a space invested in connection, relationship, and transformative change. As Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, she works to make sure that domestic workers, who are often women, often immigrants, and who are often taken for granted, are treated with respect. She “has been organizing immigrant women workers […]

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Marianne Manilov | Beyond the Social Network, Engaging Community

Marianne is the Co-founder and Co-Director of The Engage Network, formed to respond to the inquiry How do we build stronger movements to make real systemic change? The Engage Network marries the best online organizing strategies with a unique, small circle approach to offline base building. The result is Change on a Human Scale- a robust network […]

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Gibrán Rivera | Ancestors in Training

Gibrán Rivera is a Senior Associate for the Interaction Institute for Social Change. His job is to help people work better together. He is committed to the development of leaders, organizations and networks and uses coaching, training, process design and facilitation in service of those who are committed to social transformation. His graduate studies were in diplomacy and […]

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Stacy Kono | Leading Heart First

Stacy Kono is the Director of Programmatic Partnerships at the Rockwood Leadership Institute. She oversees Rockwood’s trainings and fellowship programs which equip over 300 leaders a year with tools in collaboration and sustainable leadership. She joined Rockwood after having worked for ten years as an organizer with Asian Immigrant Women Advocates (AIWA) in Oakland. Stacy […]

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