Spring 2017 News

“It is our choices who show what we truly are, Harry, far more than our abilities.” Albus Dumbledore

 

Unstoppable, joyous, exhausted

Unstoppable, joyous, exhausted

May 24, 2017 · by Allison Porter · Leave a Comment

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 Goodfellows and later they started an organization in Chicago called Rising ... read more


Michele said yes!

Michele said yes!

May 28, 2017 · by Joe Alvarez · Leave a Comment

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 organizations while learning from and supporting each other.  After eight ... read more


Leading Movement Staff in Tumultuous Times

Leading Movement Staff in Tumultuous Times

May 27, 2017 · by Alvarez Porter Group · Leave a Comment

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.  If you are experiencing this just know it is part ... read more


What inspires me now: Neighbors taking action

What inspires me now: Neighbors taking action

May 9, 2017 · by Michele Berry · Leave a Comment

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 and street captain structure and personally recruited hundreds of people ... read more


Summer Reading and Listening

Summer Reading and Listening

May 30, 2017 · by Alvarez Porter Group · Leave a Comment

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 comment section below: Books: Fiction: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead Swing Time by ... 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

May 28, 2013 · by Allison Porter · 1 Comment

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 only ever heard from him when she made a mistake.  “I ... read more