Questions I’ve Been Not Answering

Ivy HestReal Talk, Theory0 Comments

(About 2.5 minutes to read, and a lifetime to answer) Some of you know I began the Anne Braden Anti-Racist Training Program through the Catalyst Project since the beginning of February. I’m very excited to share with you what I’ve been thinking about and learning about what it means to be a radical, anti-racist organizer, whenever I have free time … Read More

Is the personal political?

Ivy HestSkills and Principles, Theory, Uncategorized0 Comments

(About 8.5 minutes to read) This past Wednesday I shared a deeply personal story about my body, my feelings about my body, and how it impacted the way I interacted with others.   It was published in my friend’s sex, dating, and relationship column, The Debrief, on JewishBoston.com. Here are the thoughts that went through my head throughout this process: It’s 3am and I … Read More

4 Things I’ve Learned from Ella Fitzgerald

Ivy HestSkills and Principles, Theory0 Comments

(About 3:30 minutes to Read, plus some awesome music) I’m a jazz singer.  Ok, maybe I just sing jazz.  I don’t know at what point I can actually reverse the order of the words.  But after years of singing other kinds of genres (and specializing mostly in all things 90’s pop), I’ve landed on Jazz, and I’m pretty happy about … 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

When Grassroots Organizations Get It Right

Ivy HestHow-To, Skills and Principles, Strategy, Theory0 Comments

(About 5 minutes to read) Not all organizing is created equal.  Unions have a different model of organizing from interfaith organizations. Some organizations integrate direct service and community organizing, others organize around public policy, and still others organize around local issues.  Some build power in solidarity, others build power for themselves.  The basic principles are generally the same throughout, but each … Read More

Morality is Bullshit.

Ivy HestReal Talk, Skills and Principles, Theory2 Comments

(About 3 minutes to read) Let’s get one thing out of the way right now.  Morality is total, utter bullshit.  Feeling scandalized?  How could I care about others and not believe in morality?  What kind of heathen am I!?  Well, step onto my carpet, and I’ll show you a whole new world. First, let’s talk about what I mean by … Read More