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October 26, 2015

 

Recently, I had the pleasure of attending CAN’s Summit on Building a Person-Centered Community. Approximately 150 Austin leaders and residents spent three hours examining how they develop their programs, services and funding priorities from the perspectives of the people they serve.

 

Our facilitator, Anna Jackson of Alpinista Consulting, led us through half a dozen Liberating Structures. They are exercises designed to push ou...

October 12, 2015

 

 

Whether you run a non-profit agency or a for-profit startup with a triple bottom line agenda (people, profits, planet) an accelerator program may be right for you if you want move your project ahead at light speed.

 

I’ve been to two Accelerator events in the same week. Here are some observations about the process.

 

An accelerator gives a group of vetted organizations coaching and mentoring in presentation skills and business d...

September 13, 2015

This was a big week for Austin, Texas. “Mission Driven,” a conference on social innovation, “Philanthropitch,” an accelerator event for nonprofits, and “The Spirit of East Austin Forum,” a community forum on economic development for the historically segregated side of town, dramatically increased our community’s capacity to address social issues in innovative ways.

 

What do the three have to do with each other? Everything!

 

The...

June 9, 2015

  Chris and Ian volunteered their time and talents at "ATX Hack For Change 2015" at St. Edward's University in South Austin over the weekend of June 5th through 7th 2015. (For non-Texans, "ATX" stands for Austin, Texas.) The Hack brings people who have great ideas to make the world a little better place and teams them up with software developers, code writers, designers, artists, project managers, and nerds of all disciplines...

May 12, 2015

   As part of our work to support E3 Alliance's corporate fundraising initiative, we wrote and placed an article in the Association for Middle Level Education's Journal. It outlines the success Simon Middle School is having with RaiseUp Texas™ and the Strategic Instruction Model approach. A webinar will support the publication of the article.

 

Published in AMLE Magazine, May 2015.

 

   More than 90% of Simon Middle School's...

April 20, 2015

In January 2007, Chris and I attended the National Science Foundation conference in Boston. I am a freelance cartoonist specializing in medical, science, and office humor; I was published regularly in Psychology Today, Nursing Today, and several other medical and science industry magazines. 

 

This was right about the time that Al Gore's monumental documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" had hit the national consciousness and s...

April 6, 2015

Buffalo Cloud Consulting engaged its first client, E3 Alliance, in December 2014. As part of the work to launch the implementation phase of RaiseUp Texas, I had the privilege of interviewing a dynamic and innovative principal in Kyle, TX for an article in the Association of Middle Level Education's Middle School Journal. The article outlines RaiseUp Texas' support of whole-school adoption of the Systemic Instruction Model with...

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