Raising Socially Responsible Leaders

“Social responsibility is an ethical theory, in which individuals are accountable for fulfilling their civic duty; the actions of an individual must benefit the whole of society. In this way, there must be a balance between economic growth and the welfare of society and the environment.” ~ Pachamama Alliance On the first day of the…

Bringing a Big Idea to Life

Six months ago, I had a big idea to start a summer program for underresourced, underprivileged, urban middle and high school students focused on entrepreneurship, environmental conservation, personal leadership, and community service. I titled it GENERATION2050. Some people were skeptical when I described the program concept to them. Some even wondered out loud if the…

Bee Community

Go to the bee, thou poet, consider her ways and be wise. ~George Bernard Shaw I am really enjoying bee-ing a student again in the certified beekeeper course. A few days ago, we learned how to transfer honey bees from a NUC box to a full-size hive box. In the photo above, we were just…

A New Adventure

“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” ~ Oprah Winfrey Twenty years ago, I traveled to Mexico as a member of a humanitarian missions construction team. I don’t know what I was expecting but I found myself, homesick, damp, cold, and bewildered. The level of poverty in the…

Building Powerful Partnerships

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” ~ John Quincy Adams During my years as the Executive Director at Peacemaker Family Center (PFC) in Miami, Florida, I have learned that community development cannot happen without collaboration between energized leaders joining their efforts around…

Somewhat Impossible

“I used to be afraid of failing at something that really mattered to me, but now I’m more afraid of succeeding at things that don’t matter.” ~ Bob Goff The Children of Inmates (COI) program just celebrated its 10 year anniversary. It’s surreal to think about everything that has transpired over the last ten years.…

Taking Bold Steps

  “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what Gas has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9 NIV I never imagined that making a bar of soap could represent taking a bold step of faith.  When the idea to make goat milk soap first materialized in my…