social reform

February 29, 2016

are we tearing down walls…or building them?

By |February 29th, 2016|Categories: Vanguard Movement|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Let me ask you a question? How open are you to a person’s message after they’ve just made fun of you? Not about your differences of opinion, but of you as a person? Have you ever been bullied and belittled into changing your mind?  No one changes their belief system when they are attacked. I’ve been watching the discourse of this election cycle and like the majority of America, I’m frustrated. I’m frustrated by how I see candidates behaving.  I'm frustrated because it works. What does Donald Trump’s hand size or skin color have to do with how well he [...]

December 11, 2014

“your idea is terrible”

By |December 11th, 2014|Categories: Vanguard Movement|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Of course it is. That’s the very nature of ideas, isn’t it?  Ninety percent of our ideas are destined to fail. Thomas Edison completed over 9,000 experiments before he perfected the light bulb. But when he hit on the right idea, it changed everything. This post isn’t about whether the idea is bad or not. It’s about the person who says it’s terrible. Social media has made it really easy to attack the ideas of others, hasn’t it?  People get bold when they can criticize without looking you in the eye.   Just look at your Facebook feed. Just last week, [...]

November 4, 2014

Does Kingdom matter in this election?

By |November 4th, 2014|Categories: Government|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Today is Election Day and we can all celebrate a great victory….NO MORE CAMPAIGN ADS!!!! It really is silly season, isn’t it? Millions of dollars spent to put on full display the vitriol that exists on either side of the political aisle, and for what? What changes tomorrow? More importantly, does anything we do today really effect God’s Kingdom? Johnny Enlow had an interesting post on Facebook this morning that is worth a read. Consider this nugget: Approximately 80% of White Christians will vote Republican. Approximately 75% of Hispanic Christians will vote Democrat. Approximately 95% of Black Christians will vote [...]

August 15, 2014

However Long The Night: How One Woman Is Changing Culture

By |August 15th, 2014|Categories: Social Innovation|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

This week, I’ve been reading a powerful book called However Long The Night by Aimee Molloy. The book shares the story of Molly Melching, a woman you have probably never heard of, whose work is dramatically affecting the lives of millions of African girls. Melching has received numerous awards for her work in empowering African communities through education and training in proper health practices and entrepreneurship. Most importantly, Melching’s organization, Tostan, has done something no other organization has been able to do before: helping to bring an end to the practice of female genital cutting (FGC). FGC is a 2,000 [...]

Do People Like Me Do Something Like This?

By |August 1st, 2014|Categories: Vanguard Movement|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Whether we realize it or not, we are constantly using this question as a lens to evaluate the world we live in. Everything from products to social movements rises and falls on this question. Do people like me use this? Do people like me go there? What do people like me believe about this idea? We may not want to admit it, but subconsciously, we like to flow with the herd. It makes life easier. A filter helps when I am being bombarded with choices. There's also a security in knowing that my friends, or the people I want to [...]

July 18, 2014

Are You Willing To Wear Your Crazy Hat?

By |July 18th, 2014|Categories: Creativity|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Last week, my daughter went to Camp Invention. It’s a great program put on by the National Inventors Hall of Fame that gives kids an opportunity to develop their creativity as they try their hand at prototyping their own inventions. On one of the days, the kids were supposed to wear a crazy hat.  My daughter worked hard on designing her own hat and she was really excited about what she had created…until the next day.  When we got to the camp, I could see she was hesitant to wear her hat. At the check in, the teacher wanted to [...]

Fat Or Fight: It’s Time To Choose

By |July 11th, 2014|Categories: Vanguard Movement|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I have had a problem with obesity for most of my life, although I didn’t know it. Since I was nine years old, I have been consuming a lot. I consume when I feel bad about myself and when I am worried about my family. I also consume simply because it feels good.  I've tried to do something about it, but just when I get moving, something seems to happen that gets my focus back on consuming. I didn’t think I had a problem. I didn’t notice it was happening.  Until, one day…I looked in the mirror and I didn’t [...]

The One Question You MUST Answer

By |July 4th, 2014|Categories: Creativity|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

If you’ve spent any time studying creativity in leadership, you know that one of the most important attributes of innovative leaders is the ability to ask good questions. Apple has become the dominant force it is because Steve Jobs forced his team to ask important questions no one else was asking. I never knew I couldn't live without an iPhone, until I couldn't live without an iPhone! Questions are powerful tools to expand your thinking.  They cause you to move past your assumptions and entertain the ridiculous, the nonsensical, the uncomfortable and on occasion, the truly genius. Where Questions Go [...]

May 19, 2014

Who Wants To Go First?

By |May 19th, 2014|Categories: Vanguard Movement|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

That’s a loaded question. It really depends on what you’re talking about, doesn’t it? I mean, if you’re asking about being first in the line for the restroom after drinking three diet cokes (please, for the sake of us all!), or being chosen first when they were picking teams in grade school, then count me in. But if you’re talking about the first to give the big presentation, or first in line for getting your wisdom teeth removed, there probably won't be as much jockeying for the front of the line. Dancing with uncertainty: Going first isn’t always an easy [...]

January 10, 2014

Puzzles

By |January 10th, 2014|Categories: Leadership|Tags: , , , , , , , |

This Christmas a friend of the family gave my 7-year old a 1,000-piece puzzle.  She enjoys doing puzzles and it provides a great opportunity for us all to work on a project together.  We started the puzzle on Sunday evening, thinking we would finish the next day…boy were we wrong!  We have been working a couple of hours every night and six days later, we are just finishing up!  We have been eating around a puzzle for a few days now and I am really ready to get my dining room table back.  I am even dreaming about puzzle pieces…can [...]