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Resources

What does a morning, a day, or a week look like with Inspire to Change? Check out agendas from previous workshops and facilitations.

Below is a growing list of books we have read and used in presentations, articles, and blog posts over the years.

Abbott, H. P. (2008). The Cambridge introduction to narrative (2nd ed). Cambridge University Press.

Barone, T., & Eisner, E. W. (2012). Arts Based Research. SAGE.

Berkes, F., Colding, J., & Folke, C. (Eds.). (2003). Navigating social-ecological systems: Building resilience for complexity and change. Cambridge University Press.

Berkes, F., Folke, C., & Colding, J. (2000). Linking Social and Ecological Systems: Management Practices and Social Mechanisms for Building Resilience. Cambridge University Press.

Briggs, J., & Peat, F. D. (2000). Seven life lessons of chaos: Spiritual wisdom from the science of change (1. ed). HarperPerennial.

Calvino, I., & Brock, G. (2016). Six memos for the next millennium (First Mariner books edition). Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Chödrön, P. (2016). When things fall apart: Heart advice for difficult times (20th anniversary edition). Shambhala.

Dewey, J. (2012). Democracy and education.

Gawande, A. (2008). Better: A surgeon’s notes on performance. Picador.

Hinson, J., & Osborne, D. (2014). Tapping the Power of Emergent Change. In The NTL Handbook of Organization Development and Change (pp. 305–328). John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118836170.ch15

Kahane, A. (2010). Power and love: A theory and practice of social change (1st ed). Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

Kimmerer, R. W. (2013). Braiding sweetgrass (First edition). Milkweed Editions.

Kumashiro, K. K. (2002). Troubling education: Queer activism and antioppressive pedagogy. RoutledgeFalmer.

Leavy, P. (2015). Method meets art: Arts-based research practice (Second edition). The Guilford Press.

Leavy, P. (2019). Handbook of arts-based research.

Lerner, M. (2002). Spirit matters. Hampton Roads ; Airlift.

Macy, J., & Johnstone, C. (2012). Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in Without Going Crazy. New World Library.

Palmer, P. J. (2008). A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life (1st ed). Jossey-Bass.

Patton, M. Q. (2011). Developmental evaluation: Applying complexity concepts to enhance innovation and use. Guilford Press.

Patton, M. Q. (2015). Qualitative research & evaluation methods: Integrating theory and practice (Fourth edition). SAGE Publications, Inc.

Patton, M. Q. (2018). Principles-focused evaluation: The guide. Guilford Press.

Patton, M. Q. (2020). Blue marble evaluation: Premises and principles. The Guilford Press.

Patton, M. Q., McKegg, K., & Wehipeihana, N. (Eds.). (2016). Developmental evaluation exemplars: Principles in practice. The Guilford Press.

Riyad Ahmed Shahjahan. (2010). Toward a Spiritual Praxis: The Role of Spirituality among Faculty of Color Teaching for Social Justice. The Review of Higher Education, 33(4), 473–512. https://doi.org/10.1353/rhe.0.0166

Saldaña, J. (2016). The coding manual for qualitative researchers (3E [Third edition]). SAGE.

Scarry, E. (1999). On beauty and being just. Princeton University Press.

Senge, P. M. (2006). The fifth discipline: The art and practice of the learning organization (Rev. and updated). Doubleday/Currency.

Shor, I. (1992). Empowering education: Critical teaching for social change. University of Chicago Press.

Szalavitz, M., & Perry, B. D. (2010). Born for love: Why empathy is essential-- and endangered (1st ed). William Morrow.

Taleb, N. N. (2018). Skin in the game hidden asymmetries in daily life. Allen Lane, an imprint of Penguin Books.

Tolle, E. (2004). The power of NOW: A guide to spiritual enlightenment (Rev. ed.). Namaste Pub. ; New World Library.

Van der Kolk, B. A. (2014). The body keeps the score: Brain, mind, and body in the healing of trauma. Viking.

Westley, F., Patton, M. Q., & Zimmerman, B. (2007). Getting to maybe: How the world is changed. Vintage Canada.

Below is a growing list of journal articles we have cited in presentations, articles, and blog posts over the years.
Bronfenbrenner, U. (1977). Toward an experimental ecology of human development. American Psychologist, 32(7), 513–531. https://doi.org/10.1037/0003-066X.32.7.513
 
Frost, L., & Stone, S. (2009). Community-Based Collaboration: A Philanthropic Model for Positive Social Change. The Foundation Review, 1(1), 55–68. https://doi.org/10.4087/FOUNDATIONREVIEW-D-09-00004
 
Olsson, P., Galaz, V., & Boonstra, W. (2014). Sustainability transformations: A resilience perspective. Ecology and Society, 19(4). https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-06799-190401

Wonder what we mean when we say things like "spaciousness", "trauma", or hope? Check our our growing glossary list of quotes, definitions, and art that helps explain and illustrate how we think about a variety of concepts.

 

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Active Hope

Actively participating in bringing about what we hope for.

 

Macy, Joanna. Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We're in without Going Crazy (p. 3). New World Library. Kindle Edition. 

 

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Chaos

"The scientific term “chaos ” refers to an underlying interconnectedness that exists in apparently random events. Chaos science focuses on hidden patterns, nuance, the “ sensitivity ” of things, and the “rules” for how the unpredictable leads to the new."

 

Briggs, John. Seven Life Lessons of Chaos: Spiritual Wisdom from the Science of Change (p. 2). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.

 

Conditional Love

"The most unforgiving love is conditional love. It brings with it jealousy, the desire to possess, dominate, to own. These faces of the False Self may attempt to assert and even justify their “right” but sooner or later negativity sets in and conditional love is destroyed. Conditional love is temporary. It is the bane of humanity."

 

Egby, Robert. The Quest of the Radical Spiritualist (p. 150). Three Mile Point Publishing. Kindle Edition.



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Emotion

"Emotion arises at the place where mind and body meet. It is the body’s reaction to your mind — or you might say, a reflection of your mind in the body."

 

Tolle, Eckhart. The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment (p. 25). New World Library. Kindle Edition.

 

Enlightenment

"The word enlightenment conjures up the idea of some superhuman accomplishment, and the ego likes to keep it that way, but it is simply your natural state of felt oneness with Being. It is a state of connectedness with something immeasurable and indestructible, something that, almost paradoxically, is essentially you and yet is much greater than you."

 

Tolle, Eckhart. The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment (p. 12). New World Library. Kindle Edition.

 

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False Self

"The false self is responsible for everything negative within us. It is a learned condition and it is unique in each one of us. Worst of all, many people believe that that is their true person, and steadfastly believe it cannot be changed, it cannot be dissolved. Often they will claim it is in their DNA.” 

 

Egby, Robert. The Quest of the Radical Spiritualist (p. 29). Three Mile Point Publishing. Kindle Edition.

 

Fear

"It’s not a terrible thing that we feel fear when faced with the unknown. It is part of being alive, something we all share. We react against the possibility of loneliness, of death, of not having anything to hold on to. Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth."

 

Chodron, Pema. When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times (Shambhala Classics) (p. 2). Shambhala Publications. Kindle Edition.

 

Hopefulness

“Where our preferred outcome seems reasonably likely to happen.”

 

Macy, Joanna. Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We're in without Going Crazy (p. 3). New World Library. Kindle Edition. 

 

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Joy

"Pleasure is always derived from something outside you, whereas joy arises from within."

 

Tolle, Eckhart. The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment (pp. 29-30). New World Library. Kindle Edition.

 

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Mantra

"The word “mantra” comes from the Sanskrit and means invocation, prayer, hymn, and a call to the higher powers and Cosmic Divinity."

 

Egby, Robert. The Quest of the Radical Spiritualist (p. 157). Three Mile Point Publishing. Kindle Edition.

 

Medium

"A medium is a communicator, a channel who receives information, data, sounds, odors, mental and physical impressions from the World of Spirit and delivers that information to recipients in the physical world."

 

Egby, Robert. The Quest of the Radical Spiritualist (p. 64). Three Mile Point Publishing. Kindle Edition.

 

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Pain

"The pain that you create now is always some form of nonacceptance, some form of unconscious resistance to what is. […] The intensity of the pain depends on the degree of resistance to the present moment, and this, in turn, depends on how strongly you are identified with your mind".

 

Tolle, Eckhart. The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment (p. 33). New World Library. Kindle Edition.

 

Passive Hope

Waiting for external agencies to bring about what we desire.

 

Macy, Joanna. Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We're in without Going Crazy (p. 3). New World Library. Kindle Edition. 

 

Pathogenic Beliefs

"Pathogenic beliefs encourage us to act on the premise that we can't count on others, that we are stuck in a society that cannot be changed. These beliefs become increasingly accurate descriptions of our lives the longer we cling to them."

 

Michael Lerner. Spirit Matters (p. 17). Kindle Edition.

 

Presence / Staying With

"Instructions on mindfulness or emptiness or working with energy all point to the same thing: being right on the spot nails us. It nails us right to the point of time and space that we are in. When we stop there and don’t act out, don’t repress, don’t blame it on anyone else, and also don’t blame it on ourselves, then we meet with an open-ended question that has no conceptual answer. We also encounter our heart."

 

Chodron, Pema. When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times (Shambhala Classics) (p. 3). Shambhala Publications. Kindle Edition.

 

"The trick is to keep exploring and not bail out, even when we find out that something is not what we thought. That’s what we’re going to discover again and again and again. Nothing is what we thought. I can say that with great confidence. Emptiness is not what we thought. Neither is mindfulness or fear. Compassion — not what we thought. Love. Buddha-nature. Courage. These are code words for things we don’t know in our minds, but any of us could experience them. These are words that point to what life really is when we let things fall apart and let ourselves be nailed to the present moment."

 

Chodron, Pema. When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times (Shambhala Classics) (p. 5). Shambhala Publications. Kindle Edition.

 

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Religion

"Religions, on the other hand, are the various historical attempts to organize a set of doctrines, rituals, and specific behaviors that are supposed to be "the right way to live.”"

 

Michael Lerner. Spirit Matters (pp. 5-6). Kindle Edition.

 

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Scientism

"Science is a form of knowledge, a way of approaching reality. But scientism is an ideology that claims there is only one way to approach reality-through through the empirical method based on a narrow notion of what kind of experience is legitimate."

 

Michael Lerner. Spirit Matters (p. 66). Kindle Edition.

 

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Thinking

"Thinking and consciousness are not synonymous. Thinking is only a small aspect of consciousness. Thought cannot exist without consciousness, but consciousness does not need thought."

 

Tolle, Eckhart. The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment (p. 23). New World Library. Kindle Edition.

 

True Self

"The true self is that presence, that entity, that consciousness, that power that exists within all women and men. It is the power, the force, a part or reflection of the Creator, the God-Force that exists within us. It is that part of you that radiates love — pure unconditional love."

 

Egby, Robert. The Quest of the Radical Spiritualist (p. 29). Three Mile Point Publishing. Kindle Edition.

 

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Unconditional Love

"Where there is true love, totally unconditional, there is no fear, no dominance, no possession, simply compassion and understanding for one’s self, the family, and those around. Where there is unconditional love there is no False Self. The illusion is gone and the True Self, the loving self reigns supreme."

 

Egby, Robert. The Quest of the Radical Spiritualist (p. 150). Three Mile Point Publishing. Kindle Edition. 

 

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While all homeless youth have faced trauma, they are all unique. Each homeless youth has unique needs, experiences, abilities, and aspirations. Each is on a personal journey through homelessness and, hopefully, to a bright future.

These 9 evidence-based principles to help youth overcome homelessness were developed by the Homeless Youth Collaborative on Developmental Evaluation with evaluation and technical support from Michael Quinn Patton and Nora F. Murphy Johnson and support from the Otto Bremer Foundation.

Materials:

  • 9 Evidence Based Principles to Help Youth Overcome Homelessness -- User Guide
  • 9 Evidence Based Principles to Help Youth Overcome Homelessness -- 1-page Poster
  • 9 Evidence Based Principles to Help Youth Overcome Homelessness -- PPT Presentation for the American Evaluation Association (AEA)
  • Developing evidence-based effective principles for working with homeless youth: a developmental Evaluation of the Otto Bremer Foundation's support for collaboration among agencies serving homeless youth -- The Dissertation

Books, chapters, presentations, videos and more on developmental evaluation.

Books, chapters, presentations, videos and more on principles-focused evaluation.

Presentations

  • "Principles-Focused Evaluation", a PPT presentation by Michael Quinn Patton and Charmagne Campbell-Patton, 2017, presented at the Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute spring training. LINK

Books, chapters, presentations, videos and more on wellbeing and social change.

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