“Share Your Plate” is the name of Mark Tafoya’s Game in the World, created in Landmark Education’s Team Management and Leadership Program. Chef Mark, as he also calls himself, is a man who loves to cook and feed people. The possibility of his game is nourishing the body and the soul.
A professional chef by trade, for Mark, food is not just something to eat, but an avenue to bring people together. The intention of this game is love, grace and harmony. “People are too often starving unnecessarily and there is enough food to feed everyone,” Mark says. Read more
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Paola Bortoluz, (Landmark Education) Equipo México, sí que sabe cómo organizar una fiesta. Su “Fiesta” es acerca de celebrar el poder y la alegría de hacer una diferencia. A través de México en Movimiento, Paola ha creado un modelo para que todo México, como nación, se levante y ¡HAGA ALGO!
En su primer trimestre en EQUIPO, Paola se preguntó: “¿No sería grandioso que la gente que quiere involucrarse tuviera una manera sencilla de hacer una diferencia?”. Yo sentí que para las organizaciones era difícil compartir lo que están ofreciendo Y para la gente que quiera hacer el bien, sepa a dónde ir. En la Ciudad de México no hay muchas noticias locales, más bien son nacionales. En un área metropolitana con 20 millones de ciudadanos, si lo que tú estás haciendo no es ENORME, no se menciona en las noticias y pasa desapercibido. Así que Paola creó México en Movimiento para hacer que México se ponga en acción y que consiste en una base de datos nacional de creación reciente que contiene todas las organizaciones que están haciendo una diferencia con el fin de que los ciudadanos que estén listos para ser de servicio a la comunidad puedan encontrarlas. Paola fundó esta organización con cinco de sus mejores amigos y su esposo y se fueron directo a la acción. Ellos compartieron con tal pasión y compromiso que profesionales muy ocupados y sus familias, se inscribieron para… ¡tener más responsabilidad! Paola, una economista y co-propietaria de una firma de consultoría, compartió: “Mis amigos realmente me mantenían jugando el juego cuando yo quería renunciar Ellos se volvieron tan apasionados acerca de este movimiento, como yo lo estaba para ser de servicio a las comunidades, a mi país y a la humanidad. Uno de mis compañeros de equipo vuela tres horas y media desde San Diego para estar en nuestras reuniones. Estos son hombres muy ocupados que están tan involucrados y comprometidos con México en Movimiento que no renuncio porque no los puedo decepcionar”
Paola ha hecho crecer su equipo de 6 a 12 miembros a través de ¡COMPARTIR! “Yo me encontré a dos amigos del colegio y les dije qué era lo que estaba haciendo desde la última vez que nos vimos y los invité a que se unieran al equipo”, ella explica. “Uno de ellos me llamó tres meses después y me dijo que había creado una idea fabulosa para la campaña de Relaciones Públicas. Dos de los nuevos miembros son mis amigas, de hecho las esposas de los seis miembros originales, quienes se aseguran de que se cumplan las acciones que sus esposos prometieron, lo cual es increíble!”
México en Movimiento está en sociedad con El Centro de Filantropía de la Ciudad de México que tiene 2000 miembros en su organización. Ellos lanzarán en Septiembre del 2010 una campaña a lo largo de todo el país y a través del sitio Web. Como madre de dos jovencitos, Paola ahora está buscando organizaciones que hagan que los niños sean de servicio para sus comunidades también. “Yo quiero que los niños realmente sepan la importancia de devolver.” ¡Bravo Paola!
Miembro del Equipo: Paola Bortoluz
Juego en el Mundo: México en Movimiento Escrito en Inglés por Anasuya Isaacs y Editado en Inglés por Micole Noble y Traducido al Español por MariMar Covarrubias y Editado en Español por Astrid Reusche-Lari
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Después de completar un año en el Programa Equipo, Administración y Liderazgo (Landmark Education) en California en noviembre de 2008 y de haber declarado que su Juego en el Mundo es ‘Agua Limpia Mundial’, Donovan Bailey fue a la India para realizar su juego. Su misión es educar a la comunidad en las posibilidades y prácticas que proveen y mantienen agua limpia y segura para beber.
En la aldea Mundo en India a donde se fue a vivir, él sabía que la comunidad necesitaba desesperadamente un pozo. Inmediatamente él fue confrontado con la respuesta común: “Buena suerte; no puedes hacer eso aquí”.
“Puedes estirar la cola de un perro” le dijeron, “pero se volverá a enroscar nuevamente”. A pesar de sus conversaciones de enrolamiento, la comunidad respondía, cínicamente, que las cosas nunca cambiarán.
En virtud de que sus ideas de transformar la crisis global del agua se encontraron con el cinismo, él se percató que necesitaba tomar un enfoque diferente.
Actualmente, en el primer trimestre de su segundo año, Donovan ya no siente más la necesidad de mostrar a la gente cómo cambiar la crisis mundial del agua. Tanto él como su equipo de organizaciones internacionales e individuos están enfocados en que los niños sean quienes tomen la delantera en hacer esa diferencia. El equipo está trabajando en crear un currículo educativo para niños entre 4 y 7 años de edad, con la visión de crear ‘Agua Limpia Mundial’.
El diseño de este currículo completo está dirigido a crear una nueva audiencia, de niños abiertos a nuevas ideas y ansiosos de llevar esa información a casa con sus padres. Entonces los padres estarán informados y enrolados mientras ayudan a sus hijos con sus tareas. “Nosotros ahora creamos programas que enrolan a los padres en aquello que sus hijos están aprendiendo acerca de la crisis mundial del agua”, dice Donovan.
El impresionante equipo internacional de Donovan incluye: una firma de abogados de Inglaterra, Anna, una compositora/cantante de Nueva Zelanda, escritores de libros infantiles, Sign King – impresores que estarán imprimiendo los libros, un videógrafo de la India y Gaia, una caricaturista de Israel. Incluidos en la transformación de la educación están Schoolhouse Earth (Casa-escuela Tierra) una organización que estará escribiendo pequeños clips con historias para una plataforma de aprendizaje en línea que presenta las aventuras del Sr. H2O y más.
El Sr. H2O es un personaje de agua amigable que toma el centro del escenario en este currículo de educación a lo ancho del mundo y que será presentado a través de las artes en las escuelas.
El Sr. H2O dice: “Mi trabajo es traer conciencia sobre el agua y educación sobre su conservación, sanidad e higiene para nuestros niños en el mundo desarrollado y que se está desarrollando”. Cuando el Sr. H2O se va en sus aventuras nos dice a todos lo que encuentra acerca de la crisis global del agua. Él nos enseña como conservar el agua, y nos educa sobre sanidad e higiene. El Sr. H2O también enseña a los niños acerca del ciclo del agua en nuestro planeta. Los niños lo aman porque es gracioso, amigable y sabe todo lo que hay que saber sobre lo que es mantener nuestra agua limpia.
Donovan admitió que antes de entrar al currículo de comunicación de Landmark Education no tenía una pasión en su vida. Él nunca sintió que tenía un propósito. Ahora al haber fundado ‘Agua Limpia Mundial’, una organización no lucrativa con una posibilidad de contribución y servicio exponenciales, Donovan siente “un estar vivo” que dice estará dentro de él por el resto de su vida. Él siente que ha encontrado su propósito y le emociona de una manera que nunca se hubiera imaginado era posible.
¿El resultado de su juego? Cada persona en el planeta tiene acceso a agua limpia para beber.
Una idea detrás del currículo educativo para niños es incluir 60 libros para niños con animación, canciones, videos y más mostrando a los niños aspectos sobre el agua, cómo llega a nosotros, cómo se conserva y cómo se vuelve insegura, de una manera amigable y cautivadoramente vívida.
Seis de los libros para niños estarán escritos para agosto 20 del 2010.
‘Agua Limpia Mundial’ es una organización no lucrativa que trata sobre lo que la gente tiene para contribuir – dando en especie. Visita www.globalcleanwater.org para mayor información. Las visiones para el futuro están en las manos de nuestros niños y ‘Agua Limpia Mundial’ está para contribuir a ayudar en la dirección de esa tarea.
Escrito en Inglés por Shash Broxson y Editado en Inglés por Sharole & Jim Beckman y Traducido al Español por MariMar Covarrubias y Editado en Español por Sandra Villacis
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“Comparte tu Plato” es el nombre del Juego en el Mundo de Mark Tafoya. Chef Mark, como también se hace llamar, es un hombre al que le encanta cocinar y alimentar a la gente. Dentro de su participación en el Programa Equipo, Administración y Liderazgo (Landmark Education), creo la posibilidad para su Juego en el Mundo de alimentar el cuerpo y el alma.
Como chef profesional, para Mark los alimentos no constituyen sólo algo para comer, sino una vía para unir a la gente. La intención de su juego es crear amor, gracia y armonía. “La gente está ocupada matándose unos a otros con demasiada frecuencia y se mueren de hambre sin necesidad y, en realidad, hay suficiente comida para alimentar a todos en el mundo”, dice Mark.
La misión de Marck es facilitar el entendimiento entre distintas culturas a través de la comida. Su objetivo es crear una comunidad on-line en www.ShareYourPlate.org, “en donde gente de todos los orígenes compartan su cultura y su gastronomía”. Esto se logrará mediante convivencias a nivel local y se donarán las ganancias de éstas a los bancos de comida que ayudan a alimentar a los necesitados en localidades de todo el mundo. Mark planea recaudar $ 20.000 de estos eventos.
Su idea es reunir a la gente a compartir su comida y hablar de cómo evolucionaron sus platillos, con la intención de que la personas vean lo que todos tienen en común. Igualmente importante para Mark, es que las personas también compartan las historias que tienen detrás de cada platillo. Mark considera que “mientras más gente sepa sobre el otro y los platillos que comen, más fácil será crear un entendimiento entre las personas en todo el mundo”.
El éxito del juego de Mark depende del equipo. Se requiere de un gran equipo para llevar a cabo sus planes. En la actualidad cuenta con un equipo de veinte personas de diferentes orígenes. Uno de los miembros de su equipo ha ganado el alojamiento web gratuito para el sitio. Otros tienen responsabilidades diferentes. Por ejemplo, Jennifer Iamolo, quien también es su socia en la Red Culinaria, es responsable de crear el sitio y la red. Al igual que Mark, comparte su pasión por la comida, y está creando un sitio web independiente para personas que trabajan con problemas alimenticios. Con el tiempo, el plan de Mark es crear “mariscales de campo” en todo el mundo que movilizarán a otras personas para crear, como un juego de partidos, reuniones culinarias o “potluck”. El sitio servirá como centro de operaciones y de información para este proyecto. Historias, fotos y videos de los eventos serán publicados en el sitio web para que la gente pueda ver el procedimiento de cada evento y lo puedan compartir en su trabajo.
Mark también busca promover la alimentación saludable. “La comida ha reemplazado al amor”, según Mark. En parte, porque “a veces hay demasiado en condados ricos, y también por que en el oeste comemos por las razones equivocadas. Mientras que, irónicamente, otros no tienen lo suficiente e incluso, mueren de hambre.”
En cinco años, Mark tiene previsto crear una organización sin fines de lucro a partir de su Juego en el Mundo, que apoye con fondos a organizaciones benéficas locales de alimentos para apoyar a las personas que luchan para comer bien en todo el mundo. Este será el legado de “Comparte tu Plato.”
Miembro del Equipo: Mark Tafoya
Equipo New York
Juego en el Mundo: Compartir su Plato Escrito en Inglés por Heath Thomas y Editado en Inglés por Judi Romaine y Traducido al Español por Maritere Davila Winder y Editado en Español por Paola Bortoluz
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Growing up in Sri Lanka, where civil war was an element of life, Kanthan became cynical at an early age about war and those who participated. “[Soldiers] were stupid. I spent a lot of time making them wrong.”
Then, she took the Landmark Forum. “On Sunday [of the Forum] I got a glimpse at how my life’s been,” she said. After the Landmark Forum she accepted the choices of the soldiers as their self-expression, and got
present to the possibility of being a stand for peace.
In the Self Expression and Leadership Program, Kanthan created Feel the Connection, a group of volunteers committed to promoting peace through music, dance and poetry from around the world with the goal of inspiring audiences to feel the connection to each other, our community, and the world as a whole; and to realize that peace is possible now and it begins with each one of us.
The first show was in September, 2007 at a small community theater in Toronto. The program included Bharathanatyam (classical Indian dance) by Calai Chandra from Chicago, an Indonesian shadow play by
Me and My Shadows, African drumming by Mutadi World Drummers, and Hip Hop artists Little Empire.
After the event people demanded she create more events. Despite living inside of a commitment for peace in the world, her response to those requests was, “Are you kidding… that took so much already. I have no time.”
She was at a crossroads. How could she fulfill on creating peace given her concerns and disempowering conversations?
Kanthan gave up her resistance and conversation about time and joined the Team Management and Leadership Program as an opportunity to get the training that would have Feel the Connection expand and fulfill her commitment to make the difference in the world.
“I saw that communication was access to peace on the planet. People get more incomplete in war,” she said. The distinctions from the new model of communication “creates conversations where people are left complete.”
Inside of the possibility of being effortless excellence, inspiring leadership, and delightful fun, Kanthan continued Feel The Connection as her Game in the World. Being in the Team Management and Leadership program has given her training and development to create teams and teamwork with anybody.
“Before it was just me and it was work. Now I have a few hundred people on my team and partnerships with Rotary Clubs. There is no way that would have happened before TMLP.”
Now that there is a team helping to create Feel the Connection, there have been two lively shows and another event is scheduled for September 2010. Kanthan’s team includes a partnership with community organizations and preparations are under way for a four-day outdoor international festival in July as well.
As a member of Team Toronto, Kanthan now distinguishes her life as one of protecting and defending herself, her children, her opinions, and her way of being.
Her experience of leading Feel the Connection has also shifted from having a project outside of herself, to being the clearing for the possibility
that the organization fulfills. She now experiences herself as powerful and able to take on being accountable with ease. “It has shifted from
being a game to being myself.”
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Katherine Filer began stuttering when she was a child. By the time she was in high school the problem worsened. Everyday communication was a struggle – talking on the phone, ordering food at restaurants, saying how much gas she needed in her car, or simply introducing herself. The words didn’t come out of her mouth fast enough. It took her five minutes just to say her name.
She felt anxious as people grew impatient waiting for her to speak. She couldn’t say what she needed or wanted. Since she couldn’t express herself, she couldn’t develop friendships. During school, she avoided social situations. The impact was that she felt isolated and alone.
Fast forward 20 years in the future. Karen is standing in front of a room presenting a workshop to 250 people for the National Stuttering Association. She leads introductions to the Landmark Forum. She has found her voice and her calling.
As part of her participation in the Team, Management, and Leadership Program, Filer developed her own workshop with her friend Deb Chamberlin called, “Find Your Voice – Find Your Power.” The purpose of this 5-session workshop being held over five weeks is to help others who have barriers to expressing themselves – no matter what they are. Being shy, reserved or inhibited are barriers to self-expression. But also talking too much without saying anything important is an obstacle to true communication. “I’m committed to everyone’s voice being heard, not just those who stutter. I’m dedicated to helping people speak their truth, so that they’re heard powerfully in the world,” said Filer.
Her evolution from someone who was unable to speak, to talking in front of large groups of people and leading others happened over time. As a young woman she hoped that one day she would wake up and be able to talk freely. But when she was 23 she realized that wasn’t going to happen, unless she did something about it. So, she looked through the Yellow Pages and found a speech therapist who helped her push through her fear and frustration.
After five years of diligently working with her therapist, Filer found her voice. She learned how to say what she wanted to say, when she wanted to say it, to whomever she wanted to say it to! Inspired by her new found love of language, Filer started the Tri-County Fluency Group in New Jersey, a support group for other people who stutter. By creating a community of people who shared the same challenge, members were able to develop more confidence to speak.
The local tri-county fluency group was so successful it was made into a chapter for The National Stuttering Association to provide more exposure for people across America who stutter (see below for more information).
Although Filer was making a difference for people, she often did things alone. “Before being in the Team Management and Leadership Program, I was like a star doing it by myself,” she said. “When I joined Team I saw a possibility to create things in my life that I want to create, like the workshop. I knew I could do much bigger things with a team.”
The difference is showing up not just in creating her project, but in all aspects of her life. Her friend got engaged and asked Filer to host two showers. In the past, she would have been running around, trying to get it all done by herself and complaining she didn’t have enough time.
With the training from the Team Management and Leadership Program, Filer has a new level of relatedness, being present to people in the moment. She created two different teams, one to plan each shower.
The night of the shower, the parent of the bride came up to me and she was so proud,” said Filer. “She didn’t think she could help because she speaks Spanish and isn’t confident with her English. So we created a team to help her design the invitation and she got to know herself greater than she knew herself before.”
Filer has had the same experience. “I don’t get to play small. Team listens to me as a big person,” she said. “I believe for me it’s about letting other people contribute to me.”
Creating teams and allowing people to contribute to her is creating the space for Filer to be fully self-expressed and make a difference in the world by sharing herself. In addition to the workshop, she is writing a book about her process of learning to be a powerful communicator in spite of stuttering.
For more information and resources for people who stutter go to:
www.friendswhostutter.org, which is a National Organization that offers support for children and teenagers who stutter, or www.nsastutter.org, which is the National Stuttering Association’s web site to support, self-help and advocacy for all people who stutter.
by Djuna Wjoton
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Growing up in Lima, Peru, Carmen Page witnessed the poverty in her country first hand.Every time she went to a restaurant, she would see a line of hungry children pressing their faces against the window while she dined.She also saw that women were not valued in the society.Often times they worked long hours and received very little compensation, only $2 per day, while male counterparts earned more money and worked less hours.Most women felt useless and had low self-esteem because they are unable to provide for their children.Witnessing those types of incidents inspired Carmen to make a difference in the lives of the women and children in Peru.
After two years of hard work, her dream is now being realized through the non-profit organization she created, called One-By-One.The mission of One-By-One is to bring economic prosperity to impoverished communities, by supporting women to become self-sustaining, micro-entrepreneurs so they can create a better life for themselves and their children.
How does One-By-One work?The organization provides all the resources to support these women in creating a successful and sustainable business.
In the past two years, Carmen and her team trained a group of women in Peru to build their own companies from scratch.They researched which type of business would be most feasible, determined the product type to sell, researched the market places in which to sell the product, and secured raw materials. Currently, they are in the process of renovating a building for the manufacturing operations, securing GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standards) certification, and much more.Her team is also creating additional services for these women to improve their self-esteem such as personal growth seminars, nutritional guidance, financial advice, and more.
With One-By-One’s help, these women will have a safe environment to design and manufacture beautifully hand-crafted 100% certified organic baby clothing.The next steps for these women are to market and sell the products they produce.However, even before these women have sold a single item, they already are living their dream.They know that they are acknowledged in their community, their work is appreciated, and that they have been given a chance to create a better life.
In the past two years, Carmen has learned so much from her participation in Landmark Education’s Team Management and Leadership Program (TMLP). She attributes much of One-By-One’s success to Brandy Baldwin, a Team 2 TMLP participant who coached Carmen during the project’s second year. Carmen registered to be a part of TMLP to complete the project with structures, technology for building teams and teamwork, and help from fellow TMLP team members.Her dreams are fulfilled by sharing in dreams realized by the numerous women that One-By-One helped – and will continue to help for years to come.
“I used to think that one person could not do much to make a difference, but now I believe that we do matter, our voice matters.One person can make a difference in other people’s lives.We can be a contribution and make the world a better place.”- Carmen Page.
If you would like to find out more about One-By-One or contribute to the organization, please visit http://onebyone4life.org.
Written by Minling Chuang
/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Team-Beyond-White-200px.png00Lynn Romaine/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Team-Beyond-White-200px.pngLynn Romaine2009-08-24 21:25:052013-05-22 16:33:24DREAMS FROM LIMA
The Cherry Hill Food and Outreach (CHFO) is committed to Service with a Smile. Year-round, CHFO answers the call to help those in need within the Cherry Hill, NJ (tri-county) area. They provide a steady food supply that includes high-demand items like bread, milk, and eggs.
For one lead volunteer, Sue Camlin, food and outreach is her personal mission. This year alone, as part of her participation in Landmark Education’s Team Management and Leadership program, new food-pantry partnerships and contributions are keeping the cupboards full and the Tuesday night/Thursday afternoon distribution timeframes now offer expanded services including medical check-ups by nurses. Sue believes magical things are happening – including the miraculous $8,000 check that showed up in July of 2009.
“I’m really excited about being with the clients,” Sue states. “I feel connected to the community, the volunteers, and the families. We now even have the Mayor’s office and the Cherry Hill Library involved. New leaders keep emerging to help!”
When it comes to the CHFO growth over time, the numbers are staggering. At the beginning May of 2006, only non-perishable items were collected, and the CHFO’s physical space was a church cellar, with NO refrigerator or freezer, and limited access to get into the cellar! Now, the ‘super market’ sized space includes three refrigerators, three freezers, and convenient access. Operating inside of a commitment to “be of service” and “love thy neighbor,” the number of participating families went from 30 to 550. And the program is only three years young.
Here’s another look at the numbers:In June. 2009, CHFO’s volunteers got to see firsthand the fruits of their labor as more than seven hundred children were provided with food and personal items. With school lunches absent during the summer, the nutritional needs of children are of great concern. Food pantries often view summer as the worst time of year, but CHFO is in full stock, specifically with peanut butter, jelly and ‘meals in a can.’
At this time when one in eight Americans is struggling with the reality of hunger and food insecurity, a new type of client has emerged—middleclass people who have been hit with foreclosures and layoffs. According to Sue, CHFO does what it can to care for its clients—delivering food to people having medical problems, giving out Mother’s Day and Father’s Day gift bags, families within a 5-mile radius of the pantry are eligible for bags full of groceries twice a week.
“People who come to us from outside the area still get food and we also give them a list of food pantries in their areas,” Sue said. “We have never turned anybody away, because our commitment to the community is so great and strong. CHFO is a wonderful group.”To participate, visit www.cherryhillfoodpantry.org or contact Sue Camlin at email@example.com.
Written by Wendy Zalles
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“After surgery I was still in a lot of pain,” said Judi Romaine.
“I had bankrupted the identity I had. I used up everything that looked like possibility. I could decide to die.”
For a woman who has been active in Landmark Education for more than 30 years, this is a startling statement. Landmark Education produces courses to give people the tools to live powerful lives and lives that they love. It is all about possibility.
“Team was the last stand for transforming that [bankrupt identity],” said the Bloomington, Indiana author. So she joined Landmark’s Team Management and Leadership Program. (TMLP).
Among other things, TMLP equips participants with the skills to create teams and teamwork in any situation. Judi decided to use the skills to inspire “an army of young women living created lives out to transform the planet.”
Judi formed a team and they named themselves Red Pants for the World. According to Judi, “Red Pants became a metaphor for young girls and women who are out to make a difference and living lives where they are unconstrained.”
The idea came one night in September 2007, a year before she joined TMLP. Judi was sitting on her couch with a few friends and they were brainstorming ideas for a party. One of the lady’s jumps up and yells, “Let’s have everybody come to the party wearing red pants!”
The image of an army of women all wearing red pants at the same time hit Judi like a lightning bolt. She thought, “Yes, a cadre of women with the courage to wear red pants tells the world that they are bold, powerful and free.”
Where did Judi decide she could make the biggest difference? Half a world away. In the past few years there have been many stories in the news about Afghanistan. Judi was struck by all the images of women there who have not been allowed to express themselves.
The team’s goal is to raise $100,000 by 2012 for a school in Afghanistan. Red Pants for the World has formed a partnership with Nafissa, a woman who escaped from Afghanistan in the 1980s during the war with the Soviet Union.
Nafissa now lives in Paris and created Solidaire Provence Afghanistan, a non-profit whose objective is to help the most unprivileged Afghans and raise awareness on the Afghan culture in France. Red Pants has already raised $650 in online donations for the Solidaire Proveance to support the distribution of books in an Afghan village. (To protect the girls and women the name of the village cannot be disclosed.)
Red Pants hasn’t confined its work to just Afghanistan. The team provided a $500 microloan to a Cambodian woman who wanted to build a new house for her nieces and nephews after their parents died.
To raise money, Judi created an online store www.cafepress.com/redpants to sell and promote Red Pants for the World products like journals, note cards, bumper stickers, mugs and bags.
This August, Red Pants partnered with the Silk Road Institute – an Indiana-based non-profit led by an Iranian born professor. Silk Road Institute promotes self-expression and freedom through music.
Closer to home, Red Pants is working in Bloomington with abused women who have children.They are in the process of starting a writing group to enable the women to write their stories and share them with the world. Judi wants to “have these women lit up and seeing that they are fully expressed in the world and share it in a way that makes a difference for others.”
Red Pants is committed to publishing these stories on its blog, www.redpantslegacy.blogspot.com. As an author, Judi will assist the Red Pants girls in publishing their expressions in book form.
There’s another team in Elkhart, Indiana, a town that has the highest unemployment rate in the nation. In September 2009, Red Pants is starting an afterschool writing program for 6th grade girls in low-income neighborhoods. The objective is for these girls to build a Red Pants team that fulfills their individual visions.
Judi’s passion for giving women the ability to create bold, powerful lives stems from an incident 50 years ago, when she wasn’t much older than the 6th graders she is inspiring today. When she was 15 years old, Judi’s sister Gay was killed in a car accident. She was just 17. “Gay never got to fulfill on her life,” Judi said.
In that moment, Judi felt alone and decided she would live a life where she would be independent and not depend on anyone.
It was through her participation in TMLP, that Judi realized how her entire life was based on that incident. “I sentenced myself to the idea that I’m on my own.”
She created an isolated world designed to do things alone. As an author she works from home, by herself. And she has been successful living in the world she created, publishing three novels.
Since joining TMLP, Judi’s life has transformed. “Before TMLP, my notion of team was that everything funnels through the leader. Applying what I learned through TMLP, my neighbors have been coming to me. People are willing to be a team together to support each other.”
“Now, I have an expanded sense of knowing myself as someone who makes a difference in the world,” Judi said. “By myself I never would have tried to do any of this.”
She noted that the more she looks for examples of what she is standing for, the more it shows up. Recently, CNN ran a story about a 14 year-old girl in Pakistan starting a blog based upon her commitment to ending terror attacks in her country. She shares poetry, stories and news. “She’s being is a perfect expression of Red Pants showing up in the world,” said Judi.
Through Red Pants for the World, Judi has gone from a hospital bed, believing she had done all she could in life to a woman creating a legacy. She has given women globally the opportunity Gay never had – a world full of women expressing themselves, wearing red pants, and creating a life they love.
Written by Steve Schapiro & Don Murphy
/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Team-Beyond-White-200px.png00Lynn Romaine/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Team-Beyond-White-200px.pngLynn Romaine2009-08-24 21:08:492009-08-24 21:08:49RED PANTS FOR THE WORLD
ANGELA WILSON has a vision for Detroit.She has a vision of a city where children are nurtured and cared for, a place where families have access to everything they need. She believes that it is city leaders who will transform her city.
With this in mind, she made the decision to run for Detroit City Council. She used her participation in the Team Management and Leadership Program to create a Game in the World where, with the help of four teams, she would be elected to the city council. She and her teams created the acronym PEOPLE – standing for People Empowerment, Openness, Principled Leadership and Excellence in Detroit government.
The four teams, with two leaders on each team, are:
1) Resource development team – to raise money and secure other resources including businesses, people and time;
2) Community team – to engage the community, recruit volunteers, community events, creating events around a platform and align with others platforms;
3) Partnership team – to focus on creating partnerships with other candidates and share resources; and
4) Leadership team – to manage all teams, making broad policy decisions, approaching and supporting other teams.
When Angela lost the primary on Tuesday August 4th, she and her team leaned some invaluable lessons, the most important of which was to not give up on the game. They are still passionate leaders committed to transforming their city, but have aligned behind two winning primary candidates and will bring the power of their game to those leaders.
The transformation Angela is committed to for Detroit has already begun. People are seeing the possibility of a city that isn’t doing business as usual – they are not settling for ‘the way it’s been.’ A big shift occurred in the last election: of the six incumbent members running, only two made it into the top five. Since the top nine candidates will become the city council members, at least four will be new. This has never happened in Detroit politics before.Detroit is playing a different game now – a game of transformation.
Angela has learned two critical things from her game: First, that team–a real team, not just names, requires people who are committed and clear about their role. Second, she learned that it is crucial to listen ‘for’ what people are committed to, not just the words but for the intentions behind the words.
As she completes her second year in TMLP, Angela found out what was important was not just winning a council seat, but the training and development in playing the game and learning what works in the practice of playing.