Resources for Active and Contemplative Social Developers

  • Eight Forms of Opposition to Making Community Change and How to Tackle Them

    Eight Forms of Opposition to Making Community Change and How to Tackle Them
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    The stark truth is that no matter how noble and well-meaning our goals may be in trying to make community interventions that are positively impactful, the unfortunate reality is that we can still face great resistance to making it happen. The known, even the dysfunctional known, is familiar, and change can be very unknown, and therefore scary; people may see those who are trying to make changes as radical or as ‘other’ and try to sabotage them, may disengage out of fear or hostility, or make have serious ideological reasons to resist our work.

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  • Is Your Content Too Wordy?

    Is Your Content Too Wordy?
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    Nonprofit leaders often complain about limited resources — and with good reason. After all, even the best-run nonprofits lack the money or the staff to accomplish everything they set out to do.

    But while money is tight, there’s one resource that is almost always in ample supply: words.

    Often, nonprofit websites and print materials are burdened with way too much text.

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  • Finite and Infinite Games

    Finite and Infinite Games
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    "There are at least two kinds of games: finite and infinite. Finite games are those instrumental activities - from sports to politics to wars - in which the participants obey rules, recognize boundaries and announce winners and losers. The infinite game - there is only one - includes any authentic interaction, from touching to culture, that changes rules, plays with boundaries and exists solely for the purpose of continuing the game. A finite player seeks power; the infinite one displays self-sufficient strength.

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  • WORLD TRUST FILMS - HEALING JUSTICE

    WORLD TRUST FILMS - HEALING JUSTICE
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    Our newest film, Healing Justice, explores the causes and consequences of the current North American justice system and its effect on marginalized communities. The film walks back through the history of violence that has led to our current system, bringing into focus the histories of trauma – on a personal, interpersonal, community, and generational level. This powerful documentary addresses the school-to-prison pipeline, the need for comprehensive criminal justice reform, and the importance of healing and restorative practices.

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  • How to Access Your Curiosity, Compassion, and Courage

    How to Access Your Curiosity, Compassion, and Courage
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    Living in the 21st century means facing these three voices that keep us in the grip of the old:

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  • A collection of tools to bring human-centered design into your project

    18F Method Cards
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    About

    The 18F Method Cards are a collection of tools that describe how our teams put human-centered design into practice. We’ve gathered them here and created simplified instructions to help other organizations and federal offices adopt human-centered design into their own projects. These cards are focused on design in the context of digital services, but can be adapted to non-technical design projects as well.

    The basics of human-centered design

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  • SACRED LEADERSHIP

    SACRED LEADERSHIP
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    Talkpoint are thrilled to introduce our next adult educator, Tjanara Goreng Goreng, and invite you to experience "Sacred Leadership".

    Tjanara's PhD research at ANU entitled ‘The Road to Eldership - How Sacred and Visionary leaders are created’ utilises both Western and Indigenous Leadership writers. Drawing on her research, accomplished career and tens of thousands of years of oral knowledge, not found in any book, she will take us on a journey from the ancient past to the emerging future.

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