Inspirational people and Ideas:

Patrick Awuah, Swarthmore ’89, founder of Ashesi U in Ghana. Listen to his speech then check out the article:

Jonathan Kozol, Advocate,

Jill Bolte Taylor’s Stroke of Insight: TED Talk:

Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud: TED Talk:

Michelle Obama Harper High School: First Lady To Visit Chicago School Impacted By Violence:


Community, Coaching, Collaboration:

Gheens Foundation’s Bridges to Tomorrow initiative, Louisville, KY: The Gheens Foundation’s Bridges to Tomorrow initiative is pioneering the integration of support for high-quality early care for children enrolled in a network of childcare centers with the opportunity for their parents to work with a personal and financial coach toward the goal of increasing economic stability.

Coaching and Philanthropy Project reports: The Coaching and Philanthropy Project was created to assess and advance coaching as a strategy for building effective nonprofit organizations. The project partners have conducted an unprecedented deep dive into learning about the nonprofit sector’s support for and use of coaching, as well as the coaching field’s knowledge of and work within the nonprofit sector.

Battle Creek, Michigan – Early Childhood Connections: Early Childhood Connections Family Coaches provide support and encouragement to parents and caregivers of children throughout the Battle Creek Area. For a look at collaboration in Battle Creek, see the Battle Creek Educators’ Task Force website:


Community Interest:

TED Talk (Video): Bryan Stevenson – We need to talk about an injustice In an engaging and personal talk  human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America’s justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country’s black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives. These issues, which are wrapped up in America’s unexamined history, are rarely talked about with this level of candor, insight and persuasiveness. Bryan Stevenson is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, fighting poverty and challenging racial discrimination in the criminal justice system.

Video by Blaze Nowara: When you hear the word VIOLENCE  Short documentary about the Alternatives to Violence Project Prison Workshops. (Very inspirational! 14 minutes)