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Cohort Stories September 17, 2014

How I Honor My Heartbeat

Heartbeats: The IZZAT Project is a graphic novel written by young, South Asian women who are survivors of violence. Their stories are painful to read: the pressure to conform to multiple ideals and the resulting family conflict and inner struggle are unpleasant to witness. They show us graphically what they want us to see – their lives, in plain lines, but utterly complicated. 

The women who wrote the book happen to be South Asian, but the message from their book transcends: Pay attention. Make the invisible visible.  Listen to us.

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Cohort Stories September 10, 2014

Victory! Town Will No Longer Treat Domestic Violence Victims as Nuisances

Three strikes and you're out of your home and on the street – all because you called 911 for help. That was the nightmare faced by Lakisha Briggs and other residents of Norristown, Pa.

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MEV Insights August 21, 2014

Be The Buffalo. (Part II)

In my previous blog, I introduced the idea of “Adaptive Leadership” as a “practice of mobilizing people to tackle tough challenges and thrive.” There are many concepts from the adaptive leadership framework which leaders and organizations have found useful as they navigate the complex environments in which they work.

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MEV Insights August 19, 2014

Be The Buffalo.

Cows run away from the storm while the buffalo charges toward it – and gets through it quicker.  Whenever I’m confronted with a tough challenge, I do not prolong the torment, I become the buffalo. – Wilma Mankiller

Part 1: The weather forecast predicts stormy weather. For quite a while.

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MEV Insights July 16, 2014

Self-Care: Taking Care of Others by Taking Care of Yourself

When we are able to build
Open spaces
In the same way
We have learned
To pile on logs,
Then we come to see how
It is fuel, and the absence of fuel
Together, that make fire possible.

- Excerpted from “Fire” by Judy Brown

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