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photo by Michael Thomas Alleman

Okay.  So it’s been an embarrassingly long time since I’ve updated this space.  Six months to be exact.  In that space a lot of incredible work, fun and learning has been happening. Where to begin?  Well I’ll start with where I left off.

Doug Paxton and I c0-led the inaugural iteration of the Leadership & Values Peer Coaching Program through the Leadership Center at Saint Mary’s College with six incredible participants.  We learned a lot, were really honored to be among an extremely diverse group of people all ready to do the inner transformation work necessary to do the external transformation work, and had some fun too!  So much so that we are doing it again starting March 21st.  (There are still a few spaces available as well as partial scholarships).  Also at Saint Mary’s we launched a Social Justice concentration within the MA Leadership Program in the School of Liberal Arts.  Amy Scharf and I co-designed and taught the first Leadership and Social Movements course in the program.

I also had a great time blogging as a fellow for ArtsFwd (a project of EmcArts).  In this space I got to talk with Melanie Cervantes of the Akonadi Foundation and John Killacky of Flynn Center for the Performing Arts.  Topics included considering arts in the social justice ecosystem, applying our learning as artists to our leadership and the coach’s stance.  Check me out!

In my own art practice, Everything Indicates, the anthology I edited with Tamsin Smith and Ben Davis celebrating the Bay Bridge, was released and we had readings and parties in several places including City Lights Books and Bissap Baobab.  The audiences/co-celebrants of the Bay Bridge at these events were really quite interesting and ranged from appreciators of poetry and photography with no connection to the bridge to employees of Caltrans who were toll takers and administrative support and quite overjoyed to see people expressing reverence and appreciation for this marvel hiding in plain sight.

There are several new connections in my life as well including a new relationship with Coaching for Justice, which unfolded in the last few months.  I survived the vetting process and am now officially an affiliate coach with C4J!  I also have a new professional home base with the Network Leadership Innovation Lab as the Program Catalyst.  I have only been in this half-time role for a month and have already been able to both learn and contribute in a way that feels quite good and useful.  Stay tuned for a lot more on this project in the coming months!

All this while continuing to partner with clients on personal and organizational capacity building.  It’s been full and it’s been wonderful!  Hope to re-connect with many of you in some of these circles soon!

I was a member of the leadership team at Leadership Learning Community for 6 rich and learning-filled years. I still get to work with them on interesting and fun projects that further the thinking about and practice of leadership for social justice. And this month I’m the featured member!  Check out the piece here http://bit.ly/JCVf9F!

[This site is in development.  Please pardon us while we work on our online presence.]

“Justice is what love looks like in public.”  – Cornel West

Think. Do. Repeat. was founded by Elissa Perry to help people and groups of people be better at what they do.  We work primarily with people and organizations driven by a social mission and believe firmly in the need for cross-sector collaboration and for leadership that is transformative, adaptive and of service to the world.  We have deep experience in nonprofits, education and the arts and combine successful models and approaches from multiple sectors and organizational types to achieve results and make a difference.

We are driven by the simplicity on the other side of complexity as well as by the values of human dignity, creativity and global justice and seek to embody these values in all of our initiatives and places of learning and working.

A cycled process gives us greater stretch.

Recent clients and projects include:

  • Alliance for Arts Learning Leadership – Organizational Development & Communications Planning
  • TCC Group/Irvine Foundation’s Strengthening Organizations to Mobilize California Initiative – Leadership Development & Facilitation
  • Saint Mary’s College of California’s Leadership Studies Programs – Organizational Development & Planning
  • Individual Leaders – Values & Leadership Coaching

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Thanks for visiting!