Hi! I’m Abbey Ogg, the Social Media Coordinator at Inspire to Change. I am a student at Central High School in Minnesota. I connected with Inspire to Change through my advocacy for pollinator protection and against climate change. I am passionate about removing systemic racism and biases from ourselves and our society, defeating climate change, and the uplifting of oppressed people everywhere. I believe in bringing people into these discussions, and talking through problems rather than fighting through them. I enjoy learning about the vast range of stories, cultures, and places our world has to offer us. I am a big reader, some of my all-time favorite books being The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Dear Martin by Nic Stone, and any and all of the Calvin And Hobbes books by Bill Watterson. That is a very, very shortened version of that list. I also really enjoy music. I play the piano and the ukelele and am hoping to be able to learn the guitar soon. I play soccer for my school and...
A. Rafael Johnson talked about how the complicated history of the word "work" and why we need to consider its origins and current use. On AEA365.
At Inspire to Change, we’ve been working to adjust our practices to novel coronavirus / COVID-19. We’re developing ways of conducting everything from small meetings to large facilitations remotely. But we realized that what we miss - what everyone misses - is connection to one another. So we’ve lauched the Navigating Together series. Navigating Together will be a weekly vlog, Wednesdays from 12 - 2 pm, hosted by Inspire to Change. Each week we’ll talk about how we support our clients, our communities, and ourselves during a pandemic. Participants can ask questions and exchange ideas.
If you missed the live vlog, you can see the recording here.
The first webinar, Ask a Doctor about COVID-19, featured Julie Graves, MD, MPH, PHD. Dr. Julie Graves is a family medicine and public health doctor. She is the former Regional Medical Director for the Texas Department of State Health Services in the Houston and South Texas area, where she guided...
“What does evaluation offer and what does evaluation need in times of great uncertainty and injustice?” Nora Murphy Johnson and A. Rafael Johnson from Inspire to Change and Chris Corrigan from Harvest Moon Consulting talk about certainty and uncertainty, arts-based evaluation, transformation, and grant cycles.
Developing evidence-based principles is an emerging approach that is in contrast to the more traditional method of developing evidence-based best practices. Evidence-based practices and evidence-based principles make different assumptions. Best practice models assume that there is a best way to do things, regardless of context. Effective principles provide guidance for effective action in the face of complexity (Patton, 2010). They assume that while elements of the work are shared, there will necessarily be adaptations across settings and contexts.
People ask me, "How do you develop effective and evidence-based guiding principles?" There are many starting places, ending places, and paths in between. Here is one example.
The Otto Bremer Foundation's Youth Homelessness Initiative was a commitment by the Otto Bremer Foundation to fund six agencies (three emergency shelters, two youth opportunity drop-in centers, and one street outreach organization) in support of...
It's valentine's day here in the states. If you don't know, it's a day to make sure you tell your loved ones how much you care. So if I haven't told you lately, I love you.
I couldn't send everyone I love chocolate or flowers, so I did the next best thing. I started working on the Inspire to Change resource page!
I know, I know. I am a hopeless romantic.
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Happy Valentine's Day!
Nora Murphy Johnson
President & CEO
Last month I was in London at Roffey Park Institute, a research-based center for leadership and organizational development, as part of the facilitation team for the 54th cohort of the Human Systems Dynamics (HSD) certification program. In these increasingly unpredictable and complex times, when the chaos can feel bigger than we can handle, it helps to have a solid praxis – an integrated base of theory and practice – that enables us to more effectively adapt and innovate. Rooted in chaos and complexity theory, HSD offers models to recognize patterns in the midst of the mess, and methods to act and shift systems that we can’t predict or control.
Our HSD Institute team convened in the UK with 31 participants from 18 countries for the foundation week of a four-month program of face-to-face and online learning. Through this program we support those in the work of making change, resolving conflict, or helping groups and individuals thrive in uncertainty.
Recently, a new client asked us for a list of suggested event venues for an upcoming convening. Their criteria included BIPOC-owned, reasonably priced, retreat-like feel, grounded in place and/or history, and environmentally friendly.
This brought up a larger question for us: what does it mean to host and be hosted? When we plan events (from internal team meetings to multi-day international conferences) we think about how space becomes a container for possibility. Content matters, but so does the ability to feel comfortable and relaxed, to meet in small groups and large, to connect with nature, the arts, and community, sustainable practices, and support for like-minded businesses and organizations. While this sounds like a tall order, it’s really an opportunity to put our money where our mouth is - to leverage our collective economic power towards our guiding principles.
Since this particular client also asked for a warm-weather venue, this post will focus...
Our good friends Carolyn and Brian from Eval Cafe came to Minneapolis for AEA 2019. Listen to this Eval Cafe episode to hear their take on evaluation's annual US conference.