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Pushing the rope in the middle

August 30, 2014 19 Comments
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Jeremy Gilley and Jude Law


Watch the documentary Peace One Day.

It’s a documentary about Jeremy Gilley’s journey to create Peace Day – a day of global cease fire.

At first, Gilley does not believe he will succeed.  His goal is simply to build a compelling story of how apathetic the world has become.

He starts with speaking with UN officials to see if there is support for the notion and what would be required. He begins with speaking to Sikirin Pendergast, Undersecretary general for political affairs at the UN to find out what would be required for the process.

Support of many influential leaders is the foundation of the answer.  So Gilley moves on to talking with leaders in war torn regions of Africa, travelling in through Nairobi, with support of the United Nations.

There’s a plan in plan and then again there isn’t. Like most great endeauvors, Gilley feels his way into the next situation, planning the next steps based on what happened at the last encounter.

As I watch the documentary I recall the words of an early mentor of mine. “You have to push the rope in the middle, Teresa.”

“Seriously?” I’m in disbelief. “What fool would push on a rope?

“Push the rope in the middle and run like hell,” he repeats. “The ends of the rope will always follow.”

An image forms in my mind of what he’s saying. “Find the people who agree with you. Forget the opponents. Just gathers those who want to help and move forward powerfully. The rest will eventually be dragged along for the ride.”

The highly influential know, there is no gold in trying to convince the nay-sayers. Gather supporters and run like hell towards your goal. It starts with strong relationships.


Celebrate what’s right with the world

August 22, 2014 Leave a Comment

Screen Shot 2014-08-22 at 6.25.35 PMDewitt Jones spent 20 years as a photographer for National Geographic.

To him the difference between a great shot and an exceptional shot can be measured in millimeters. His many brilliant shots are founded in the vision of National Geographic to celebrate what’s right with the world.

This exquisit 20 minute video is worth a cup of tea on a relaxing evening.




Building Philanthropy into Your Business

August 20, 2014 1 Comment
Charmaine - womanition photoBuilding Philanthropy into Your Business By Charmaine Hammond


Supporting local groups, charities, missions and causes is a an important aspect of many businesses. There are many ways that businesses can support philanthropic efforts from donating money and time, to donating products, being an ambassador for an organization’s message, to holding fundraising events and the list goes on.

When considering the different ways your business will build in philanthropy, it is important to reflect on the following:

  • What are the causes that are important to our business?
  • What type of impact do you want to make through your philanthropic activities?
  • What activities will support this goal?
  • Will you support local/regional/national/international causes?
  • How many groups/organizations/causes/events will your business support each year/month?
  • How will you make decisions about what to support (criteria)?
  • When will you make decisions on requests that come forward for support?
  • In what ways will you be an ambassador for the organizations/causes you support?
  • What expectations do you have around cross promotion of philanthropic support?
  • Will crowdfunding be a part of your philanthropic activities?
  • How involved do you want to be in the causes you support?
  • Will you be promoting causes/opportunities to donate to a cause on your business website?



  • Be strategic- have a philanthropic plan and schedule
  • Build relationships and address issues early on
  • Communicate clearly
  • Research the causes you are aligning with
  • Have a process to approve requests
  • Have a system for tracking your philanthropic activities (from an accounting perspective as well as customer relations perspective)



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