INTERDEPENDENCE: The Feeling Is Mutually Beneficial

The power of collective action comes not from the sheer number of participants or the uniformity of their efforts, but from the coordination of their differentiated activities through a mutually reinforcing plan of action. Each stakeholder’s efforts must fit into an overarching plan if their combined efforts are to succeed. The multiple causes of social problems, and the components of their solutions, are interdependent. They cannot be addressed by uncoordinated actions among isolated organizations.

By John Kania & Mark Kramer - Standford Social Innovation Review

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FEEL: How Great Leaders Inspire Action

How Great Leaders Inspire Action

Very, very few people or organizations know why they do what they do. And by "why" I don't mean "to make a profit." That’s a result. It’s always a result. By “why,” I mean: What’s your purpose? What’s your cause? What’s your belief? Why does your organization exist? Why do you get out of bed in the morning? And why should anyone care?

By Simon Sinek


HONOR: Working Together For Something Better

FARM WORKERS STRIKE

“It was a training ground for organizers who spread to hundreds of different fields – a large number of Latino legislators worked with the UFW,” Campbell said. “The strike and boycott awakened Latinos, ‘the sleeping giant of California politics,’ triggering the Chicano movement and the creation of bilingual education departments.”

By Stephan Magagnini - Sacramento Bee

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MAKE HISTORY: Theater For, Of And By Farmworkers

"The Teatro Campesino was born on the picket line because that’s the only place we could do it; but that was the most effective place where we could really do what we needed to do, which was communicate with the workers non-violently, communicate our ideas with humor and a lot of energy and a lot of spirit."

Luis Valdez

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CONSIDER: Flipping the Hierarchy of Needs

As it turns out, the needs that are most linked with everyday satisfaction are interpersonal ones, such as love and respect. Our troubles, conversely, relate most to lack of esteem, lack of freedom, and lack of nourishment.

By Hans Villarica - The Atlantic

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FOUNDATIONAL: The Art Of Facilitative Leadership

Effective facilitation involves using processes and tools to maximize the collective intelligence of individuals in a group to determine the right course of action and to then build a template for acting on the choices they make.

Facilitative Leadership

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MOVING FORWARD: A Prison-To-School Pipeline

Formerly incarcerated undergrads started a group on campus to offer mentoring, support, and advocacy to other onetime inmates.

Larissa MacFarquhar - The New Yorker

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REALITIES: Reverse Immigration

BORDER FIELD STATE PARK

More Mexicans are leaving the United States than migrating into the country, marking a reversal of one of the most significant immigration trends in US history. A study published on Thursday by the Pew Research Center said a desire to reunite families is the primary reason Mexicans go home. A sluggish US recovery from the Great Recession also contributed. 

By Associated Press - The Gaurdian

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EDUCATE: The School To Prison Pipeline


WORSE NOT BETTER: For Family Health

A growing body of mortality research on immigrants has shown that the longer they live in this country, the worse their rates of heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. And while their American-born children may have more money, they tend to live shorter lives than their parents.

By Sabrina Tavernise - New York Times

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A START: California Law Encourages Lessons on Guest Worker Program

California's governor has signed a law encouraging schools to teach the history of a guest worker program that brought in Mexican farm laborers as the national immigration debate heats up.

By Mary Slosson - Reuters

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FOREVER PLEASE: The Farmer Who Revived the Nawat Language in El Salvador

I understood what that hole was that I had felt for so long in my chest.  So I threw my tools in the cornfield because I felt that I could not go on like this, and I said to myself: I must teach Nawat even if I’ll starve to death...

Melissa Vida - Global Voices

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KNOW: Our History

Los Angeles Walk Out

In 1968 Sal Castro organized the East Los Angeles High School walkouts, a series of protests against unequal conditions in Los Angeles Unified School District schools. WATCH HERE


ALMOST LIKE A FAMILY: The Functions and Dysfunctions of Hierarchy

This review finds that in contrast to strong functionalist assertions, the effects of steeper hierarchies are highly mixed. Sometimes steeper hierarchies benefit groups and sometimes they harm groups.

Read about The Function and Dysfunctions of Hierarchy.

 


HEAR FROM THE KIDS: Where Education and Assimilation Collide