Sunday, September 30, 2012

Crow and Kitten Friendship

Crows are smart.  Kittens are cute.  There is absolutely no rational reason why a grown crow would decide to save and care for a sworn enemy but it did and in the process offers all of us a lesson in the power of compassion.

Crow and Kitten are Friends

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Stories are the seeds of change

We spend a lot of time fixing process, training people, and working to make things better.  Change is happening every day, and yet sometimes it feels as though things will never change.  If you've bumped up against that wall, pay attention to the stories.

Stories grow out of experience but can take on a life of their own reinforcing a past you want to let go of or creating self-fulfilling prophesies, for better or for worse.  If you don't like the stories you hear and think they no longer reflect a new reality then you need to find the new stories to supplant the old and  consciously replace them.

Organizational change is a long, slow process, and there are many moving parts, but as human beings stories resonate on a level that org charts and procedure manuals can not touch.

Listen, share, and celebrate your stories of growth and change.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

23 International Leaders Visit Walker

The Walker Group was honored to host 23 Visitors from 23 different countries as a part of the US State Deparment’s International Visitor Leadership Program. The program objectives include examination of the role of social entrepreneurship in the US, networking with US counterparts, assessing the impact of collaborations, and understanding the role of new and social media in driving social entrepreneurship. 

The countries represented were Albania, Bangladesh, Botswana, Burma, Cambodia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Hungary, India, Jordan, Laos, Malawi, Mongolia, Motenegro, Nigeria, PR China, Portugal, Romania, Sinapore, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, and United Arab Emirates. Representatives include changemakers from the private, public, NGO, and traditional nonprofit groups, all seeking to understand the new movement in social enterprise. 

The group arrived on September 8th with a tour of Washington, and then on to New York, landing in Connecticut on the 16th where their first stop was Farmington to visit The Walker Group and reSET (Social Enterprise Trust). Kate Emery, CEO of The Walker Group and Founder of reSET spoke to the group about her company’s journey to becoming a social enterprise, and about the work that reSET is doing to make Connecticut a hub of social enterprise. 

Peter Drasher, CEO and founder of Altrushare, also spoke in Farmington about his experience in setting up the first nonprofit owned stock brokerage. Then it was off to Billings Forge Community Works in Hartford where Mike Miller provided them with an overview and a tour. On Tuesday they will tour one of Connecticut’s most famous social enterprise, Newman’s Own and its beneficiary The Hole in the Wall Camp.