Some of My Best Friends are Black Organizers!

Ivy HestReal Talk, Skills and Principles, Strategy, Supervising and Mentoring5 Comments

(About 5.5 minutes to read) I missed the opportunity to go to Wisconsin a few years back, to organize protesters against crippling legislation that would disable unions; I also never had much time to participate in Occupy protests, which were flourishing in Boston.  I felt (and feel) like we are in a particular moment in history where society is getting … Read More

Earl’s Guide to Leadership Development, Part 2: Leadership in Staff

Ivy HestIndividual Sustainability, Real Talk, Strategy, Supervising and Mentoring, Theory1 Comment

(About 4.5 minutes to read) This is Part 2 of a two-part series on Leadership Development.  Click here to actually get the background of what I’m talking about! Last night, I had one of those “this conversation is so interesting it feels embarrassing that it’s happening via g-chat” conversations.  It began as a discussion about job hunting (since I’ll be … Read More

Your Personal “Burnout Prevention” Campaign

Ivy HestHow-To, Individual Sustainability, Supervising and MentoringLeave a Comment

(About 5 minutes to read) I sent an e-mail to all my friends with the subject: “Help! Tools for preventing organizer burnout?”. The response was fascinating. Many called and asked when I was quitting my job , what I would do next, and commiserating that this is what happened to them too. Some suggested that I take a vacation. One, … Read More