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

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