FREE Soul Food for Friday Oct 9th: A Feel Good, Advancing Social Capital, Talk with Dolphins, Spice for Logophiles, Advancing Education, and Creating Alliances for Empowerment- Beyond Measure

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

 A Feel Good to Launch Your Weekend:

Now THIS is literally Soul Food…

Talk about bringing joy and wonder to your meals!

Advancing Social Capital:

“What matters is the Mortar, not just the Bricks!”

With a little help from my friends, I have been advancing notions of Social Capital optimization for years, and this example just underscores its importance

For the complete TED talk by Margaret Heffernan…

Language and Communications:

What do Dolphins Talk About?

Denise Herzing has been studying the same pod of wild dolphins for 30 years. Every summer, she and the dolphins are reunited. But this summer, things are a little different—this summer, with help from Thad Starner (one of the inventors of Google Glass), she’s testing a new device that could change the conversation for good.

Little Known Punctuation Marks and How to Use Them:

You know I love quotes, but how about these to spice up your language and communications?

Supporting the Wonderful World of Education:

“I’m a School Principal.  What is YOUR Super Power?

School Administrators work hard to ensure students receive a quality education with one end game in mind….a happy, productive life for each student. They inspire every member of their school communities to embrace this vision through action. In observance of the importance of educational leadership at the school, school district and county levels, October 12-16 is designated as “Week of the School Administrator.” Be sure to celebrate your school administrators changing lives behind the scenes every day!

Speaking of “Cool” Principals Check This One Out…

If You Are Local:

Are you committed to the FULL participation of girls, women and youth in their own economic and social transformation?

Then you’ve got to be at the Global Empowerment Summit: October 16th and 17th, 2015 in San Diego, California

 Here is your invitation to participate in our Inaugural Alliance4empowerment & UC San Diego, Global Empowerment Summit on October 16th and 17th, 2015 at the Sanford Consortium and Bella Vista Social Club & Caffe’, in San Diego, California. This conference, made possible by the generous co-sponsorship of the University of California-San Diego, including Dr. Suresh Subramani, Executive Vice-Chancellor, will bring together world renowned innovators who are changing the world, and offer a unique opportunity for collaboration and exchange of ideas, actions and solutions for local and global implementation.  Outcomes of this dialogue will encourage and direct attention to new fields of action and enable the joint exploration of visions and strategies to provide the necessary platform for full participation of girls, women and youth in their own economic and social transformation. 

Inspire, engage, expand and support global collaboration!

Here is the web site with the invitation and summit program:

Kids Free October at the World Famous San Diego Zoo:

Take Your Kids to the Zoo this month on us…

Thanks Mission Fed!

Perspectives on Dyslexia: Sat Oct 10th at USD
“You laugh because you think I am different. I laugh because you are all the same…”


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Making Mission’s Possible:

Our Mission Fed Community Newsletter


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Mission Fed Community Moments continue

Our support of the San Diego community never slows down. In this edition of Mission Possible, we’re highlighting the city’s largest outdoor art festival, Mission Federal ArtWalk. And, take a peek at a variety of other community events, including our Eastlake Branch Grand Opening in its new location, a volunteer visit to Helen Woodward Animal Center and San Diego Padres infielder Cory Spangenberg’s visit to the winning Read With A Pro classroom. Plus, enjoy an update on the soon-to-open Mission Fed JA Finance Park.

Achieving maximum results

We were thrilled that we were able to reach our goal during the Miracle Month of May in support of Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, and we had a wonderful time visiting a variety of schools with our Max Out My Class campaign with MAX 105.7 FM. To find out where Mission Fed will be in the community, check out our Events Calendar.


Your Success

Thanks this week go to all of you who deeply invest in the practice and principles of social capital optimization, the noble warriors in the fight for education & social justice, the civic activists championing the causes of emerging populations and disenfranchised communities, and hard working parents tirelessly working to make Mission’s possible!

 Change the Conversation for Good

YOU are Beyond Measure!



Every totalitarian regime is frightened of the Artist. 

It is the vocation of the prophet to keep alive the ministry of the imagination,

to keep on conjuring and proposing alternative futures

to the single one the King wants to urge as the only thinkable one.
–Walter Breuggemann

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Your Soul Food for Friday October 2nd 2015: Equality v. Equity, Access and Connectivity, Collections v. Connections and Who Are You?

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

The Difference Between Equality and Equity:

Support Education: Back to the Future with the Brave New Library that is more about “connections” than “collections”…

Speaking of Equity, Access and Connectivity, Schoolkids Don’t Just Need iPads. They Need Data Plans!

Who Are YOU? Who Who? This might surprise you…

The Difference Between Equality and Equity:

Education must be about equity and access, and the Education Synergy Alliance is working to provide both!

A recent trip up north for members of the ESA team was illuminating.  San Francisco Unified elevates these principles in every session. They talk about it explicitly, measure it, and hold themselves accountable for it both in internal planning, and in frequent dialogs with the public. This is an image they are using across the district to foster dialog about equity:

Equality Equity

Support Education: Back to the Future with the Brave New Library that is more about “connections” than “collections”

Support your local library! They are working to transform their place in 21st century society. We were proud to be part of one celebration of curation at the iconic UC San Diego Library…

Speaking of Equity, Access and Connectivity…

Locally, Vista Unified, Qualcomm Education, UC San Diego and Mission Fed totally agree and are working on “The Connectivity Convening” in November for communities nationally to ensure connectivity for all families to stop the digital divide from getting any larger!

This article will spark some interest…

Schoolkids Don’t Just Need iPads. They Need Data Plans

By Issie Lapowsky

Who Are YOU? Who Who…

We have all seen old pics…

Thanks this week go to Laura K, Meredith S, Sandy T and the ESA team, UC San Diego Alumni building the future, Vicki M/B, Devin V, Alan D and Steve for advancing connectivity for all communities, and to Larry H for keeping the soul food coming!

 Pay It Forward!



“What we do in life, echoes in eternity”

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Soul Food Friday for Sept 25th 2015: Make YOUR Journey Purposeful

Happy Soul Food Friday!

Whether you are just starting your career, been running hard and at risk of burning out, or contemplating the end of life, here is something for anyone along the continuum.

“Wherever we go, There we are”,  so a little compassion and a little humor can go a long way to making our journey purposeful…


This week:

  • Take a 30 Day Compassion IT Challenge
  • Sugar Kids Beauty: Georgia’s Teacher of the Year working with Real World Scholars Innovative Platform IS a Thing of Beauty!
  • Even The Heart Pumps Blood To Itself FIRST:
  • The Last Voyage of the Vollmer Twins Will Give You Perspective:
  • New Seniors Exam: Just need 4 out of 10 to Pass…

Take a 30 Day Compassion IT Challenge:

Join the 30-Day COMPASSION IT Challenge!
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I’m SO PUMPED to announce a new program we’ve created to encourage people to “compassion it” every day during the month of October.

The 30-Day COMPASSION IT Challenge!

“What makes this challenge unique?” We’ll be using a step-by-step approach to cultivating compassion over the span of one month. We’ll offer daily recommendations of actions that incorporate each of these important steps to cultivating compassion:   Week 1 – Mindfulness Week 2 – Compassion for a Loved One Week 3 – Self-Compassion Week 4 – Recognizing Common Humanity Week 5 – Compassion for Our Planet
Is it difficult to register or time-consuming to participate? Nope. We are going to make this super easy for you. A couple of days prior to the start, we’ll send you two PDFs. One will be a calendar you can use as a guide, and the other will include “cheat sheets” of actions you can take each week.

“WHY would I want to do this?” Research indicates that compassion makes us happier and healthier. It FEELS GOOD to “compassion it” every day. Plus, by creating buzz on social media, we’re inspiring others to incorporate compassionate actions into their daily lives. We’ll all use the hashtag #compassionit in our photos, posts, tweets, and smoke signals to get the word out. Remember, the more people who participate and learn about compassion, the more compassionate the world will be.

Click here to join the 30-Day COMPASSION IT Challenge, and please invite others! It’s going to be an unforgettable month of compassion for ourselves, each other, and our planet.

Want to make the world a better place by spreading compassion to as many people as we can? If so, please invite your friends, followers, co-workers, and family members. All you need to do is cut and paste the words below and send them along.

Thank you very much!   Sara Schairer

Hi friends!
I just signed up for the
30-Day COMPASSION IT Challenge, and I hope you’ll join me.

—a nonprofit whose mission is to inspire daily compassionate actions and attitudes—will email us tools and guidance to help us practice mindfulness and compassion during the month of October. And … it’s a free program!

Please invite your friends, too! Let’s work together to make our world a better place.

Feel free to reach out if you have questions.

Compassion It-ly and with gratitude,

–Your Name 

COMPASSION IT is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire daily compassionate actions and attitudes. Sales and donations support our compassion education programs.

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Sugar Kids Beauty: Georgia’s Teacher of the Year working with Real World Scholars IS a Thing of Beauty!

Kids don’t learn to ride a bike by reading about it, or learn to swim by watching videos of swimming, so why would they learn entrepreneurship any other way than by practicing it?

Real World Scholars have created a platform to do just that, and here are kids that can barely read that have ideated, manufactured, marketed and sold products with current sales of $1,612.40  and more than 115 product sold. 

What makes this even more impactful is that the school is 10 percent homeless and 90 percent of the students are on free/ reduced lunch.

You can learn more about them at: 

Even The Heart Pumps Blood To Itself FIRST:

Time in the bank: A Stanford plan to save doctors from burnout with implications for all of us…

The Last Voyage of the Vollmer Twins

Talk about living life with intentionality…

Click here: The Last Voyage of the Vollmer Twins | Williamsburg-Greenpoint, NY Patch

A New Seniors Exam:

New Senior’s Exam, you only need 4 correct out of 10 questions to pass.

1) How long did the Hundred Years’ War last?

2) Which country makes Panama hats?

3) From which animal do we get cat gut?

4) In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution?

5) What is a camel’s hair brush made of?

6) The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal?

7) What was King George VI’s first name?

8) What color is a purple finch?

9) Where are Chinese gooseberries from?

10) What is the color of the black box in a commercial airplane?

Remember, you need only 4 correct answers to pass.

Check your answers below ….


1) How long did the Hundred Years War last? 116 years 1337 – 1453

2) Which country makes Panama hats? Ecuador

3) From which animal do we get cat gut? Sheep and Horses

4) In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution? November

5) What is a camel’s hair brush made of? Squirrel fur

6) The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal? Dogs

7) What was King George VI’s first name? Albert

8 ) What color is a purple finch? Crimson

9) Where are Chinese gooseberries from? New Zealand

10) What is the color of the black box in a commercial airplane? Orange (of course)

What do you mean, you failed?

(And if you try to tell me you passed, you LIED!)

Pass this on to your brilliant friends.

Thanks this week go to Sara S, John C, Sean A, Jeff B and Larry H for keeping it real…

Pay it Forward!

You Can’t Take it With You…



Every totalitarian regime is frightened of the Artist. 

It is the vocation of the prophet to keep alive the ministry of the imagination,

to keep on conjuring and proposing alternative futures

to the single one the King wants to urge as the only thinkable one.
–Walter Breuggemann


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YOUR Soul Food Friday for September 18th 2015: Make Your Life into a Masterpiece- Name It, Claim It & Aim It!

Happy Soul Food Friday!

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”.

– Mahatma Gandhi

Meaningful Life

Even though American happiness levels are at a four-year high, 4 out of 10 Americans have not discovered a satisfying life purpose…

Connecting to the season, Shanah Tovah –As I understand it, conveys hope for a good year rather than a happy one. Leading a happy life is often associated with being a taker, but leading a meaningful life is about being a giver…

This week:

Make Your Life into a Masterpiece

The most important masterpiece you’ll ever create is your life. But to create your masterpiece you must first design it. You must have a vision of what it looks like. Once you have a vision and design it you can begin the process of building it.

To help you with your design you can ask questions such as:

What does your life look like when you are at your healthiest, strongest, and best?

What does your family situation look like while you are pursuing success in your work?

What matters most?

What priorities drive you each day?

What are you doing that makes you come alive?

What are you born to do?

What are you doing to live and share your purpose?

When you look back on your life what do you want to be able to say about it?

How do you want to feel?

What will you have wanted to accomplish?

What legacy will you have left?

I asked these questions at the peak of my unhappiness 13 years ago and realized that instead of creating my masterpiece I was building a piece of a junk. Over a period of a few weeks filled with a lot of walks and prayer the answers to these questions came to me and I began the process of designing and building my life as a writer.

For some the answers to these questions may lead you to a new career. However, for most, it will simply lead to changes that will align your life with the vision and design you have for it. For example you may need to exercise more and eat healthier to create your masterpiece. Or perhaps you may need to spend more time with your family because your masterpiece includes great relationships with your kids. Or you might realize that you are not spending enough time on your priorities and therefore your masterpiece is not developing like it should. Whatever your masterpiece looks like, your design will help you see what you need to do, or stop doing, in order to create it.

I also want to caution you to make sure you are building your masterpiece and not someone else’s idea of what your masterpiece should be. I know this well. My mom always wanted me to be an attorney. I planned on going to law school after college. When I didn’t get into law school, because my LSAT score was so poor, I gave up on the idea of being a lawyer. However, after getting my masters in teaching, opening several restaurants and running for city council of Atlanta at the age of 26 my mom’s vision for me still stuck with me. I ended up going to law school in Atlanta for a year and a half. But while taking my second year exams I had this strong feeling that there was something else for me. I stood up and walked out on my final exams and never looked back.

I recently spoke to a school where the wife of my friend from law school is the principal. My friend said when I walked out of the law school exams no one could believe it. He said it was legendary. But I don’t think it was legendary to quit. What I think is legendary is when someone stops trying to create someone else’s masterpiece and instead focuses on designing and creating the masterpiece they are meant to build.

You have one masterpiece to create and I want to encourage you to design and build YOUR masterpiece, not someone else’s.

I also want to encourage you to stay positive as you move from the design phase to the building phase. You will face challenges during the building process but always remember, negative thoughts are the nails that build a prison of failure, but positive thoughts will build you a masterpiece.

Stay flexible and adaptable through the process. It’s okay for your plans to change, especially when your plans must give way to the ultimate creator’s master plan.

And lastly, make sure you choose the right habits because what you do each day will become who you are. Your habits will transform your design, vision and plans into the masterpiece of your life.

-Jon Gordon

Can Paradoxical Intention/Thinking Serve as a New Model to Promote Peace in the Middle East and in Your Community?

Recently, I was privileged to spend an afternoon with two internationally regarded thought leaders and peace-seekers.  Dr. Ken Druck, the founder of the Jenna Druck Center in San Diego and Yitzhak Frankenthal, the founder of The Arik Institute for Reconciliation, Tolerance and Peace in Israel. Ken lost his daughter Jenna and Yitzhak his son Ari-both in tragic circumstance. Both men have beneficently taken the terrible personal experience of losing a child, and transmuted that into a commitment to addressing root cause issues of deep human suffering, developing effective strategies for dealing with loss, creating systems change, and helping others transform adversity into opportunity.

Ken is a nationally sought after master facilitator, executive coach and organizational and family consultant. He is the go-to- person globally when horrific issues like the Sandy Hook school massacre or an airline disaster occur. He is also the go to guy for resiliency-period… Ken currently has a national program running on Resiliency on KPBS and is the author of “The Real Rules of Life”. Here is an article op/ed Ken co-wrote from earlier this year…

How Civil is America’s Finest City?

Yitzhak is a pioneer/peacemaker who founded the Parent’s Circle in 1995 to forge peace in the Middle East.  This was Yitzhak’s way of honoring his son, Arik, who had been kidnapped and killed by Hamas in 1994. Yitzhak led a small army of bereaved Israelis in reaching out to bereaved Palestinian families who also sought peace as the way to honor their loved ones. Yitzhak has met with virtually every Israeli President of the modern age, is tenacious in his approach and might well be on to an effective way to systemically and permanently address the middle east conflict:


“I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy.”
— Og Mandino

A Pre-Eminent Psychiatrist Who Survived The Holocaust Explains Why Meaningfulness Matters More Than Happiness:

“the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

A Lesson About Happiness From A Holocaust Survivor

Failure is a Nearly Inevitable Part of our Work:

Rightly understood, there is no failure, only feedback so stay the course or as my reflexology friends say, “press on regardless!”

Master Resiliency with Martin Seligman director of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Penn

On the lighter side…

 Shop Italian Style:

This will bring joy to your heart and a kick to your step…

Let me take you out with some Jumping Jive:

Cab Calloway and the Nichols brothers will blow your mind & light your fuse!

Thanks this week go to Larry H, Ken D, Yitzhak F, & Vince R & Givers of Self in Service to Others!

Invest it Forward!



“You are the only person on earth

who can use your ability.”

— Zig Ziglar

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Your Soul Food Friday for 9/11 2015: On 9/11 or Any Day…A Little Kindness Goes a Long Way

Happy Soul Food Friday!

“Many a friendship, long, loyal, and self-sacrificing, rested at first upon no thicker a foundation than a kind word.”

— Frederick William Faber (1814-1863) English Priest and Hymn Writer

A Little Kindness Goes A Long Way:

Are YOU this trusting?


This week:

Learning From and Celebrating Artists of Life:

Architecture-Frank Gehry’s Lifelong Challenge: To Create Buildings That Move

Music- Marching to the Beat of a Different Drum:

Life After 50:

Lisa Sawicki Self-Coach NOW

Creating Mission Moments in Our Community:

 Donating 1,000 Backpacks to low income kids:

During the month of August Mission Fed held a Back To School Drive to collect backpacks and school supplies for low income children in areas of San Diego. This week Mission Fed was able to deliver over 1,000 backpacks through SAY SD to students of the SDCOE to help them start school off on the right foot with essential school supplies. The generosity did not stop at just 1,000 backpacks- there were so many school supplies donated that local school teachers were able to come in and stock up on much needed supplies for their classrooms or afterschool programs.

Thank you to our partners at ABC 10, Boyer Moving and Quill for their donations and partnerships to help make this dream of filling 1,000 back packs for local students a reality!


Behind the Scenes: Your Mission Fed Moment

It takes teamwork to achieve success, just like with our new Mission Fed commercials. Our Multimedia Producer and Developer Robin M put together some awesome behind-the-scenes footage of how the commercials were made, and we’re using this video to intrigue our members, while asking them how the Mission Fed team worked behind the scenes to create their Mission Fed Moment. Members can share a photo and caption (50 words max) or a written submission (100 words max) telling their story. Watch the video and enter the contest here:


BEhind the ScenesWin $500

Visit our website and watch our behind-the-scenes video of the making of our new Mission Fed Moment TV commercials. Then, tell us how the Mission Fed team helped make your Mission Fed Moment possible!


$500 First Prize in each category $200 Honorable Mention in each category

$200 Honorable Mention in each category

How to enter

Choose your category:

  • Submit a photo and a 50-word max caption, explaining your Mission Fed Moment


  • Submit a 100-word max story about one of your Mission Fed Moments and how we made it happen for you

Submit your entry by Wednesday, September 30!

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Must be a Mission Fed member age 18 or older to enter. One entry per member. You may not enter both categories. Anyone who enters both categories will be disqualified. For the photo category, any captions over 50 words, and for the written category, any entries over 100 words, will automatically be disqualified. Except where prohibited by law, any photo or written entry submitted for the purpose of entering the Contest will be considered property of Mission Fed, with permission to use the submitted story, photo, caption, and name and city/state of residence of entrant in all forms of media, in perpetuity, without further compensation. Visit for Official Rules.


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Finally, Some Humor to Launch The Rest of Your Week:

Thanks this week go to Larry H, Diana A, Arman S-B, David S, & The Whole Mission Fed Team for doing what is necessary to create Mission Moments!



“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.

Be the living expression of God’s kindness:

kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.” – Mother Teresa

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Your Soul Food Friday for September 4 2015: Mindfulness, Wayne Dyer, Compassion IT, The Power of Social Credit and Just Dance

This week:
Happy Soul Food Friday!


This week:

Chasing Happiness:

Stay in line with your values, pursue your passion, study your discipline deeply & maximize the return on your social investment

The goal of the Sapling Foundation that owns TED talks is to foster the spread of great ideas. It aims to provide a platform for the world’s smartest thinkers, greatest visionaries and most-inspiring teachers, so that millions of people can gain a better understanding of the biggest issues faced by the world, and a desire to help create a better future. Here is Chris telling his story of transforming adversity into opportunity…

Dynamic Mindfulness in San Diego schools:

A School Transformed- King-Chavez Elementary School

Zero suspensions achieved two years in a row, in an Elementary School in the Barrio Logan District of San Diego! See how Dynamic Mindfulness enabled this significant achievement.

Mindful Leadership- In Middle School

The Passing of Wayne Dyer:

Dyer’s philosophy mixed new thought self-actualization theory and nondenominational spirituality — and stood away from religious institutions themselves as stifling bureaucracies.

A Tribute to Wayne Dyer-from Sara at Compassion IT

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I just found out that Wayne Dyer passed away. In case you aren’t aware of his work, he was a best-selling author and motivational speaker, and Wayne Dyer is the reason that COMPASSION IT exists.

That is not an exaggeration.

In May of 2014, I met a fellow San Diegan who knew Wayne Dyer, and he offered to send him a letter on my behalf. I was thrilled that I would have the opportunity to share with Mr. Dyer how his life’s work inspired me to discover my life’s work. I’m not sure if he ever received the letter, but I sure hope so.

This is what I wrote:

Dear Mr. Dyer,
Words cannot express how grateful I am. You shared words of wisdom years ago that changed the course of my life.

In 2008, I experienced tremendous suffering. As stay-at-home mom of my 18-month-old daughter, I faced an unwanted divorce that turned my picture-perfect life upside down. I was lost, and I was a mess. Luckily, I caught an ‘Ellen’ episode featuring you. (Please visit my blog to read more.)

Social Credit as a Game Changer for the Social Sector:

Last week, I had the privilege of interviewing Naila Chowdhury the “mother of social credit” with the local nonprofit and philanthropic community at the San Diego Foundation and giving her my last “Compassion IT” bracelet.

Naila takes inspiration from Amma Guru (see below) and in turn inspired all of us in the room to manifest America’s Kindest City by turning our hearts and our smarts towards San Diego’s most needy residents.

A local foundation A4E is doing just that and has a global summit coming up in October, that will be “soul-ed out”.

You might want to check out:


What the World Needs Now is Love Sweet Love: AMMA Guru- The Hugging Guru

Here is a chance to re calibrate your capacity for compassion…

Amma is widely regarded as one of India’s foremost spiritual leaders, and says that her religion is love. She has never asked anyone to change their religion but only to contemplate the essential principles of their own faith and to try to live accordingly.

“I don’t see if it is a man or a woman. I don’t see anyone different from my own self. A continuous stream of love flows from me to all of creation. This is my inborn nature. The duty of a doctor is to treat patients. In the same way, my duty is to console those who are suffering.”

For more about AMMA guru (the hugging guru) you might enjoy this movie or even a few minutes at the very start as it will touch your soul…

Let’s Dance!

Didn’t get enough travel this summer? This is like taking a trip around the world with a smile on your face.

There ARE happy people out there, all around the world, and not everyone is fighting & killing one another!

I hope you get inspired to dance too!

Sound on.

Thanks this week go to Sri Mata Amma, Louis L, Bidyut B, Wayne D, Sara S, Naila C, Larry H and compassion IT souls everywhere!

Pay it Forward before it is Soul-ed Out!



“Heaven on Earth is a choice you must
make, not a place we must find.”–
Wayne Dye

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Happy Soul Food Friday!

Thanks to those of you who periodically take a moment to send a ping back (email, phone call or in person) confirming these weekly Soul Food e-missive have value for you and your ecosystem.


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This week:

The unprecedented rate of change and humanity’s lack of an adequate sense of its own history are challenging the human spirit, but we are accepting the challenge.

First a video to put the rate of change in perspective, then a focus on a local bright light organization and its extended work, and finally a joke to lighten your spirit…

Did You Know:

Addressing Complex Global Issues Locally:

Even the most ardent evolutionary biologists had a devil of a time reconciling altruism in their survival of the fittest models.

In the same way the ascent in knowledge from Darwin’s evolution theories in 1859 àto Watson and Crick discovering DNA leading to genetics in 1953, àto EO Wilson’s understanding of the role of genetic inheritance and us not being just blank slates, with the advent of socio-biology in 1975,à to Richard Dawkins work on the Selfish Gene and memetics in 1976 (gene pools not species are trying to survive), à to recent advances in neuroscience and our understanding of how the human brain tackles complex problems around 2006 (counterfeit correlation masks complex problems) has each changed our understanding and theories of action, so too must we change the conversation on social justice, human rights, civility and the importance of social network.

One amazing organization that is doing just this in San Diego is La Maestra

With human trafficking from 15 different countries happening right here in San Diego, along with a host of other crazy challenges including poverty, violence, unemployment and underemployment, migrant issues, and more with more than 26 languages spoken in just the City Heights area of San Diego, and our public policy agenda just not keeping up, we are left with ludicrous systems with incomplete categories of political asylum, judicial opinions with political consequences that are under-privileging these victims due to antiquated notions, ethno-centric mind sets and vastly outdated models of human governance. Man’s inhumanity to man is hard to fathom…

My soul cried, my spirit was inspired, and I feel humbled by the important work I found this team doing for what I am choosing to reframe as an ’emerging population’ rather than underserved, displaced, migrant, forsaken, downtrodden, or any other label demeaning of their immense spirit and difficult challenge as victims of circumstance. Many of us won’t survive a week in their shoes.

This segment of our population are clearly outside the purview of our traditional societal norms and safety net -which should be basic and inalienable human rights for ALL in 2015 especially in a country like this.

Many right here in San Diego don’t even know they exist…


For all of us working collectively to move the needle on serving our global brothers and sisters in need, and striving to make this NOT “America’s Finest City” but “America’s Kindest Region”, there might be some applied practice here for you, whether helping at La Maestra or with a similar cause of your choosing.

The La Maestra “Circle of Love” model is a best practice validated in a 2011 Stanford Social Innovation article.

Their current framework actually has attributes and benefits beyond those included in the article, as I would categorize this initiative as a “place-based, whole person, wrap-around, cross-sector, preventative, networked, systemic, human-centered, collective impact model”

Each of these descriptors reflects a key insight into the nature of the work and its impact, along with the theory of action supporting it.

Complex, long term, seemingly intractable human problems like the ones they are taking on can only be addressed in this type of framework in my opinion…

Given society’s choice of building a pipeline to prison and/or poverty v. a pipeline to possibility and promise the choice is clear.

With City Heights in particular representing less than 1% of San Diego’s geography but 15% of violent crime, endemic food insufficiency evidenced in the area being declared a federally designated food desert, and with San Diego in general having the 5th largest homeless population in the US and 3rd largest number of displaced Vets in the country, we clearly both have a huge challenge and a huge opportunity to crack the code on how to serve and move this disenfranchised part of humanity- from survive to THRIVE.

Making the Net Work is akin to moving a market, so here are 5 key market-changing levers of which one needs to apply at least 3 to ensure mission success and systemic change.

Borrowed from The Purpose Economy, they are:

  1. Identify Bright Spots or positive deviants- small scale efforts that have achieved a remarkable result
  2. Leverage Research & Data– This is not only about the bottom line. We need to identify and measure non-financial success. What perceptions do stakeholders carry around with them that prevent them from making the switch? This applies both to the population served, and the stakeholders we want to ignite to be aware of and address the important issues at hand
  3. Apply Disruptive Technology– Can we use technology to catalyze massive change?
  4. Move Public Perception– People can’t join the cause if they don’t know about it, or have the wrong frame of mind about it. Our work must include changing and elevating public consciousness
  5. Shift Public Policy– When we change policy –remember that just because it is legal, doesn’t mean it is ethical. Slavery was legal at one time but that didn’t warrant endorsing it! When we change public policy, we change the rules of the market.

Note: All these apply  to different initiatives but with different weighting especially if you intend to tap the pro bono or volunteer engagement cohort in your work.

Altruism, compassion, kindness, love, and trust are our special sauce and we must use them abundantly!

No one of us is as smart or as capable as all of us, so leveraging our social capital in a networked people system comprised of an inclusive & healthy climate and culture will also be key…

Learn more about scaling this work and an upcoming summit in San Diego at:

Finally, as this week’s content is a bit heavy, here is some laughter to lighten the load…

The Goldberg Brothers – The Inventors of the  Automobile Air Conditioners

The four Goldberg brothers, Lowell, Norman, Hiram, and Max,  invented and developed the first automobile air-conditioner.
On July 17, 1946 , the temperature in Detroit was 97  degrees.

The four brothers walked into old man Henry Ford’s  office and sweet-talked his secretary into telling him that
four gentlemen were there with the most exciting innovation  in the auto industry since the electric starter.

Henry was curious and invited them into his office.

They refused and instead asked that he come out to the  parking lot to their car.

They persuaded him to get into the car, which was about
130 degrees, turned on the air conditioner, and cooled the
car off immediately.

The old man got very excited and invited them back to the  office, where he offered them $3 million for the patent.

The brothers refused, saying they would settle for $2  million, but they wanted the recognition by having a label,
‘The Goldberg Air-Conditioner,’ on the dashboard of  each car in which it was installed.

Now old man Ford was more than just a little anti-Jewish,  and there was no way he was going to put the Goldberg’s
name on two million Fords.

hey haggled back and forth for about two hours and  finally agreed on $4 million and that just their first names
would be shown.

And so to this day, all Ford air conditioners show —

Lo, Norm, Hi, and Max — on the controls.

Lose control of yourself & pass it on!

Thanks this week go to Larry H for the chuckles, the amazing team at La Maestra- Zara, Carmen and friends, Naila, Feroza, Sneha-ji, Amanda, Anna, Azim K and others living their values, and altruists everywhere!

Pay it forward…



“The principle goal of education is to create men who are capable of doing new things,

not simply of repeating what other generations have done – (whoa)men who are creative, inventive and discoverers.”– Jean Piaget

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