CPS Celebrates Women’s History Month

CPS Celebrates Women’s History Month

March 23, 2021 by Robyn Baker, CPS Research and Education Associate Every March since 1987, Women’s History Month is a platform upon which we can celebrate women’s achievements throughout history, honor their contributions to the world we share today, and uplift women leaders. It is also an opportunity to allow women to voice the inequalities and challenges that women continue to face. In this regard, it is no coincidence the month of “March” represents women’s efforts to achieve gender equality. From the marches of courageous suffragettes to claim women’s right to vote to…continue reading →
The Promise of Centering Childhood in Social Justice Education

The Promise of Centering Childhood in Social Justice Education

March 18, 2021 By David Metler Confucius once said that “we have two lives, and the second one begins when we realize we only have one.” I am convinced that social justice education has two awareness deepening life cycle journeys. The first begins when you connect your personal experience to a systemic level and the second one begins when you realize social justice begins at the beginning, in childhood. The Two Journeys My first social justice education experience involved volunteering with the Pangaea World Service Team in Nicaragua when I was a college…continue reading →
A Partnership Approach to Poverty Reduction

A Partnership Approach to Poverty Reduction

March 18, 2021 By Chad McCordic Historically in humanitarian aid and international development, poor communities in the global south have not had much choice in the type of aid they’re given. Because of the way most grant funding works, organizations must offer communities specific types of aid or development projects. This type of aid follows a top-down and one-size-fits-all approach to supporting communities. Effectively aid and development, as it operated then, existed in a domination model, a system that reinforces power hierarchies as identified in Riane Eisler’s book The Chalice and The Blade.…continue reading →
Leading with Love

Leading with Love

March 18, 2021 By Bianca Briciu, PhD Love in the public domain has been regarded with suspicion as the manifestation of a weak and problematic sentimentality. Have you experienced workplaces where you felt safe, valued, nurtured and supported as a full human being? The workplaces that see their employees as whole persons create more connected and innovative teams. The moment we see others as full human beings, with potential and skills, weaknesses and traumas, the moment we stop seeing them only for that which they can offer us or our organization, we create…continue reading →
Caring Through Dance: How Children From One Kenyan Slum Are Making People Smile

Caring Through Dance: How Children From One Kenyan Slum Are Making People Smile

March 18, 2021 By Emma Dredge 2020 has been a tough year for the entire world. However, a group of remarkable children from one of the largest slums in Kenya, have been bringing smiles and joy to others through the beauty of their dancing. With the closure of schools due to COVID-19 and no technology to continue their learning online, these children found themselves completely excluded from education. This resulted in them having nowhere to go and at risk of abuse, exploitation and the possibility of not returning to school post pandemic. Once…continue reading →
Purpose, Plan, Partnership, and Prosperity – The Evolutionary Journey

Purpose, Plan, Partnership, and Prosperity – The Evolutionary Journey

March 18, 2021 By Bob McQueen, PhD In our daily lives we have purposes we wish to achieve which are large and small. We have individual purposes and purposes we seek to achieve with others. Whether the purpose is small, like planning a birthday party, or huge, like putting an astronaut on the moon, there needs to be a plan for achieving the purpose. Sometimes the plan is detailed and sometimes it is poorly defined, and the details are more clearly defined on the pathway. The degree of partnership and concurrence in developing…continue reading →
Offers and Needs Markets: Partnership Communities in Action

Offers and Needs Markets: Partnership Communities in Action

March 18, 2021 By Emily Malkin Offers and Needs Markets are a two-hour live process where participants make offers and express needs from their daily lives with other participants through a facilitated journey that culminates in a rich sharing of knowledge and resources. When I first came across Offers and Need Markets, what excited me was the opportunity, although small scale, to start practicing an alternative and viable trading system. Theory has taught me that a post growth future, one in which we see much more emphasis on the human experience than on…continue reading →
Keep Young Women Connected: Send a Virtual Love Pack

Keep Young Women Connected: Send a Virtual Love Pack

March 15, 2021 An update on the CPS Girls Resiliency Education Fund by Brie Mathers. During the long Winter months of Covid 19, I came together virtually with a group of women to bravely sing our songs in the dark. Weaving our stories through text and meeting on the full and new moons, we cultivated our feminine superpowers: fierce love, deep nurturance, wild vivacity, and abiding presence. In the deep incubation of Canadian snows, cradled in sisterhood, we held the spirits of girls becoming women, and etched out new Partnerism possibilities for Spring.…continue reading →
Nurturing Nonviolent Communications: A Partnership Ripple Effect

Nurturing Nonviolent Communications: A Partnership Ripple Effect

March 2, 2021 by Suzanne Jones, Partnership Community leader I live in a small town with about 10,000 people. The folks here are polite, kind, and everywhere you go, you receive hugs. It is a great place to live. After living here for a while, though, I began to notice that, while people were definitely polite and kind, they did not understand how to communicate in ways that deeply connect people to one another. This is not uncommon in most cities, but it stood out more here because the people were all so…continue reading →