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Making Food

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One of my earliest memories making food is from my older brother’s high school prom night. Instead of going out to dinner, my brother Jeff and his friend decided to cook dinner for their prom dates. So, on a Saturday …

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Drawing My Friends

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Fifteen months ago, I was walking through the FundaciĂł Joan MirĂł in Barcelona. Yoko and I were at the tail of our Fall vacation. My lower back was bothering me, but Yoko had rallied us to get out of the …

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Sailing Through Last Year

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My friend Gary Chou shared with me that “climbing the ladder” is a faulty analogy for navigating a career. What’s a better analogy? Sailing. Caveat: I’ve never sailed 😬. But… making decisions about work and in my case building a …

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Reflections on Coaching 30 Community Leaders/Organizers

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I spoke about my experience coaching community leaders on The Get-Together podcast. Listen below! 🎙🦉   Five years ago, an exec coach friend told me: “Leadership doesn’t get easier. You just develop the tools to tackle bigger challenges.” This quote …

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Coaching in the New Year

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Hi friends! To kick off the new year, I’d love to connect with and coach more community leaders/organizers who are cultivating a community they care about. I’ve had the pleasure of coaching/advising a few incredible folks who get people together …

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Welcome to The Get-Togetherrrrrrr (podcast)!

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Bailey, Kai, and I at People & Company made a podcast about the nuts and bolts of community-building. It’s been so fun 😬 interviewing a diverse group of fan club leaders, grassroots organizers, community managers and more. (And drawing thumb people versions of …

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Hahrie Han on Gun-Control vs. Gun-Rights Groups

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There’s a palpable difference between a tight-knit community and a loose group of people with a shared interest. This article in the NY Times by Hahrie Han illustrates this contrast. Hahrie, a gun-control advocate who studies grassroots movements compares the traits …

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Seven Years Ago

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It’s Friday—the end of another work week. But this week is special. This week seven years ago I moved to New York City. Seven years ago… I drove a car with everything I owned from SF to Dallas. I left …

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Progressive Elaboration

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One of my favorite terms that I learned last year was “progressive elaboration.” I studied (and passed the test!) for the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification which yielded plenty of project manager vocab including this gem. Progressive elaboration means to …

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We Finished a Draft

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My team and I finished a draft of our book on community building yesterday. Woo! A milestone. Plenty of editing and design work lie ahead. There are holes and inconsistencies. But, we finished a draft. If I were to teleport …

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