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From The Network: Announcing Couch Conversations, Plus Alum News, Job Postings, and More

By March 8, 2018April 2nd, 2018No Comments

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We have very exciting news!

We are experimenting with new ways to reach as many people as possible with the powerful ideas and tools behind the Rockwood curriculum. We also want to offer our community a chance to stay in touch with the Rockwood ideas and spirit of transformation that happens when we have courageous conversations about what it really takes to lead towards human evolution.

That’s why Rockwood is excited to announce Couch Conversations, a new monthly event series about building community and resilience in these turbulent times.

This monthly webinar will happen every fourth Thursday of the month at 2 PM PST, and will be hosted by Darlene Nipper, Rockwood’s CEO, in conversation with one of our alums. The kick-off conversation will be March 22:


We are very excited about exploring these new ways for Rockwood to share our expertise and build community, and we would appreciate your participation. Thanks for spreading the word wide and far:


Alum in the News

  • Andrew Gillum and Ben jealous spoke at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference
  • adrienne maree brown wrote about transformative justice in Black Panther, and “How the Wonder of Nature Can Inspire Social Justice Activism” for Yes! Magazine
  • Linda Sarsour, Jason Kimelman-BlockDawud Walid, Stosh Cotler, and Zahra Billoo were arrested while protesting outside Speaker Paul Ryan’s office
  • Yance Ford was interviewed by ABCNews about his historic Academy Award nomination
  • Annie Leonard wrote “How to be More Than a Mindful Customer” for Yes! Magazine
  • Alicia Garza launched Black Futures Lab, with Heather McGhee, Rashad Robinson, and Tracy Sturdivant on the panel of strategic advisors
  • Van Jones wrote about Black Panther for CNN
  • Cherisse Scott wrote “I Love My Son, But A Crisis Pregnancy Center Tricked Me Into Having Him” for Romper
  • Malkia Cyril was quoted in “Black Panther film fuels calls for release of jailed political activists” in The Guardian
  • Julia Bacha and Suhad Babaa talked about Just Vision’s 15-year anniversary with RealScreen
  • Iimay Ho and Resource Generation were the subjects of the Huffpost article “Young, Rich and Fighting the System That Made Them Wealthy”
  • Ai-Jen Poo was part of the Quartz series “How We’ll Win,” a year-long exploration of the fight for gender equality

News & Inspiration

  • “As beneficiaries of an unjust system, it’s time for us to act and to ask: What will we risk to upend white supremacy? What does risk in our industry look like?” Pamela Shifman wrote a playbook to help white people in philanthropy address racial justice.
  • “In Wakanda, every action — and indeed every person’s path — is anchored to a broader vision of communal liberation.” Frank Leon Robert outlines five Lessons from the movie that can save our lives — and change Black politics.
  • “In times like these, people ask: What can I do?”After Parkland, we revisited this piece written by President Akaya Windwood after the Pulse Nightclub shooting in 2016.
  • How does California stack up when it comes to the nonprofit racial leadership gap? More importantly, what can we do about it? Our friends at Building Movement Project answer those questions in the latest Race To Lead

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