Ellen Gurzinsky posted this on facebook this week (in honor of International Women’s Day).? Rather than adding my own words, I thought I’d pass it along here — a beautiful piece by Maya Angelou.? In the spirit of Melinda’s recent posts of wonderful poetry, here’s another gem. Really – what more is there to say?
A very interesting thing has been going on in the Development Community. They’re getting it wrong. And while the norm is to hide failures away out of fear and embarrassment – and concern about funding being affected, they’re doing something different. A group of people working in development have just started a new website, called “Admitting Failure” – sharing their failures and trying to build transparency, collaboration and innovation into the development sector. They’re building a shared resource, saying that “the only ‘bad’ failure is one that’s repeated.” Take a look!
This is our last week in the Cambridge office – as of Monday, we’ll have moved to South Boston, in the Seaport area. Most of the IISC staff have been driving to work over the years we’ve been in Cambridge (with a few taking the bus or riding bikes). Once we’re in our new office, we’ll be switching to most of us on public transportation or on bikes. It’s good news for the planet! I’m looking forward to shrinking my carbon footprint. Thought you might enjoy this video!
This is a re-post of a post from last summer, just as I returned from a sabbatical – seemed appropriate in the beginning of the lazy days of August… in hopes that we will all have some Lazy Days …
About ten years ago, I spent three weeks at Plum Village, a Buddhist monastery in Southern France. The time there was primarily spent in silence – with long periods of sitting meditation, walking meditation, and even working meditation. (No surprise, I struggled with over-working during working meditation!) One of the practices at Plum Village is that each week, everyone takes a “Lazy Day”.