When you work for social change – results matter.
 Ella Baker Karen Lewis, President of the Chicago Teachers Union, at a recent rally 2017 is bringing a surge of people to Town Hall meetings to speak out on health care and other key issues The interdependence of our shrinking world leads social change activists to a global approach

Spring 2017 News

Unstoppable, joyous, exhausted

Unstoppable, joyous, exhausted

Bob Lawson  b. 1944 in Midland, Texas In 1966, Bob went to Chicago to work with JOIN (originally an SDS community organizing project building a multi-racial movement of the poor) and organized a group called Uptown ... read more

Michele said yes!

Michele said yes!

When Allison and I started the Alvarez Porter Group in 2009 our vision was to create a community of social justice Organization Development practitioners who could do good work with great ... read more

Leading Movement Staff in Tumultuous Times

Leading Movement Staff in Tumultuous Times

In moments of great threat and great possibility tensions can be heightened.  The pressure to adapt to change, tighten belts and take effective action exacerbates issues that may have been dormant. ... read more

What inspires me now: Neighbors taking action

What inspires me now: Neighbors taking action

I am inspired by Tim and Alison Benford, who cancelled their retirement plans and poured their time and passion into organizing their community in Dayton, Ohio. They launched a block ... read more

Stop Making Your Bed...and other guilt-free advice

Stop Making Your Bed…and other guilt-free advice

Off the Shelf This Spring we have learned again that we can't do everything. We are human after all.  The urgency hasn't gone away, but time is taking its toll. To top ... read more

Summer Reading and Listening

Summer Reading and Listening

Whether you want escape, education or provocation, there are good books and podcasts to get you there.  Here are a few our favorites, and please do add your own in the ... read more

Throw out the Praise Sandwich and other ways to improve your feedback

Throw out the Praise Sandwich and other ways to improve your feedback

I was having coffee with Laura, a middle school teacher, when she told me she couldn’t remember a time when her administrator had pointed out something she had done well.  She ... read more