five ways to lead with love

"always love" in the Gaza Strip, Palestine. copyright 2009. angel Kyodo williams

The vitriol and sheer negativity of some rabid conservative agendas feel like they drag us into contraction and smallness…Paradoxically, it’s only the expansive power of love that can lead us into a politic of inspiration. But how do we, especially in the face of great challenge and a fierce push to fight fire with fire, truly lead with love?

The Multiple Intelligences of Leaders

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It’s not necessarily intelligence that makes someone a great leader. There are other factors, and you don’t have to be born with them.  Do smarter people make better leaders? Although the general answer is “yes,” it depends on what you mean by “smart.” Almost a century of research on basic intelligence (what is referred to […]

july 2012


fearlessMeditation I | Practice of the Body CXC | Center for Transformative Change | Berkeley, CA Friday | August 3, 2012 | 7:00-9:30pm Register   Love in Action | Teacher’s Retreat The Metta Center | Berkeley, CA Saturday | July 28, 2012 | 10:00am-6:00pm More Info   Leadership in Action | Session One Strozzi Institute […]

reimagining organizing, movements & leadership

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this past weekend was reimagining organizing, movements and leadership in detroit. once we heard that author and thinker margaret wheatley was going to be in kalamazoo and was willing to come to detroit, we built the event as a way to immerse her in our work here in detroit, and immerse detroit in the ideas […]

in your face: the insistence of integrity


By it’s very nature, integrity eschews expedience and is always complete. It isn’t at our convenience and cannot be sometimes. There is no such thing as partial whole.

may 2012


WEST COAST fearlessMeditation I | Practice of the Body CXC | Center for Transformative Change | Berkeley, CA Friday | May 11, 2012 | 7:00-9:30pm Register   EAST COAST Prisoners Write | Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory The Brecht Forum | New York, NY Friday | May 11, 2012 More Info   National Conference on […]

where leadership lives


Today’s progressive leaders must systematically and lovingly prepare us to tolerate the inherent discomfort of change now in order to wedge open the way to transformation in the future. To do that, they must be the leading point of that wedge, willing to meet resistance where it is and still hold space for us all to come along.

Rockwood Leadership Institute | Supporting Leaders in Leadership

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Founded in 2000, Rockwood Leadership Institute’s mission is to provide individuals, organizations and networks in the social benefit sector with powerful and effective training in leadership and collaboration.

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 […]

Welcome | april 2012

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If we could reach down to the bottom of our (soul, heart, spirit, call it what you will), then we might grasp what nerve leadership hits. It goes beyond what is best for me or what I’ve been taught or what I value. It is more than perfect obedience to an idea. It is more […]

april 2012 | quote

Malcolm X

“There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.” ~ Malcolm X, Muslim Minister & Human Rights Activist

we are in the future | adrienne maree brown

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here are my written notes for the keynote i gave this past weekend to the North American Students of Cooperation Institute. it was an amazing group to speak with, think with, and be in community with at this moment in history! —- I am so honored to be here with all of you. I want to start […]