Just Say Hell NO to some and Heck YES to others!


This week:

Let’s learn from history; and our experience with interning Japanese-Americans, rock stars; where success can be redefined, labels; and buying off on easy categories like intro or extro verts, social justice activists; like this disabilities champion.
Support social justice and creatives that will always provide perspective…

Loyalty Questioned:
Lessons about our constitutional rights from the internment of Japanese-Americans
Especially now, Takei said, we must remember “how easily people — because of fear and anger — lose sight of our important national values of justice and rule of law.” She drew parallels with Muslim Americans, refugees and immigrants, “as though demonizing other people is going to solve our problems.”

Beth Hart’s Advice to Fellow Musicians: ‘We Have the Right to Say NO’
“You’re in a business where you’re taught that your image and the way people perceive you is important,” she says. “But at some point, you realize it’s not important at all. Fame doesn’t matter, people approving of you doesn’t matter. And if it does matter, you’re in store for something very difficult and painful.”

5 Myths About Introverts & Extroverts by Adam Grant:
“Get in touch with your inner ambivert.”

Nick Dupree Fought to Live ‘Like Anyone Else’
The activist campaigned to change rules, so people with disabilities could get nursing care and support at home past the age of 21.
Disability rights activist Nick Dupree who wasn’t supposed to live past his 21st birthday died last weekend. Thursday would have been his 35th birthday.
A chapter about his life and struggles in included in a disability rights anthology: Occupying Disability: Critical Approaches to Community, Justice and Decolonizing Disability

How to Boost Financial Performance through Social Purpose:


Here is a CUbroadcast interview we did at the Education Credit Union Council Conference this past Monday.

Say Yes & Support the Future:
Our son Arman and his talented friends at Cinema school in SF are making their first film.  Below is a description and a funding site.  If you feel so inclined to donate I know these “creatives” would really appreciate it.  Check out the informational video on the front page – it’s a kick!  And, it’s so nice to see young people being creative and productive! The best part is that they are going to submit the film to a variety of festivals including South by Southwest, Kansas City Film Festival, and the San Francisco Film Festival.
Here is the link: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/blackout-a-horror-short-film#/

With much love (and no obligation),

Here’s to recreating the United States Traits of America and Beyond!
Thanks this week go to Advocates for the Underserved, Under-represented, and Under-valued members of our communities

Pay it forward and put your money where you values are…

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“Wealth is the ability to fully experience life!” – Henry David Thoreau

The Greatest LOVE of All & What Represents and Approaches the BEST of the Human Condition


Stay in the POS!

It is up to us as to what we focus on, how we interpret “it” and what if anything we intend to do about it.

Dr. Alan Daly at UC San Diego turned me on to Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS) not so long ago, and it has provided a terrific framework for self-awareness, mindset choice and worldview implications. Here is a precis:


Imagine a world in which almost all organizations are typified by greed, selfishness, manipulation, secrecy, and a single-minded focus on winning. Wealth creation is the key indicator of success. Imagine that members of such organizations are characterized by distrust, anxiety, self-absorption, fear, burnout, and feelings of abuse. Conflict, law suits, contract breaking, retribution, and disrespect characterize many interactions and social relationships. Imagine also that researchers investigating these organizations emphasize theories of problem solving, reciprocity and justice, managing uncertainty, overcoming resistance, achieving profitability, and competing successfully against others.

For the sake of contrast, now imagine another world in which almost all organizations are typified by appreciation, collaboration, virtuousness, vitality, and meaningfulness. Creating abundance and human well-being are key indicators of success. Imagine that members of such organizations are characterized by trustworthiness, resilience, wisdom, humility, & high levels of positive energy. Social relationships and interactions are characterized by compassion, loyalty, honesty, respect, and forgiveness. Significant attention is given to what makes life worth living. Imagine that in this world, researchers emphasize theories of excellence, transcendence, positive deviance, extraordinary performance, and positive spirals of flourishing.

Welcome to POS or Positive Organizational Scholarship  which does not reject the value and significance of the phenomena of the first world view, but rather, emphasizes the phenomena represented in the second world view. POS represents an expanded perspective that puts an increased emphasis on ideas of “goodness” and positive human potential. It encompasses attention to the enablers (e.g., processes, capabilities, structures, methods), the motivations (e.g., unselfish, altruistic, contribution without regard to self), and the outcomes or effects (e.g., vitality, meaningfulness, exhilaration, high quality relationships) associated with positive phenomena. POS is distinguished from traditional organizational studies in that it seeks to understand what represents and approaches the best of the human condition.


POS like anything else has a number of biases implicit in the name:

Positive” – represents an affirmative bias and orientation with an interest in exceptional, virtuous, life-giving, and flourishing phenomena.

Organizational” -POS expands the boundaries of current theories to make visible positive states, positive processes, and positive relationships that are typically ignored.

How organizational practices enable individuals to craft meaningful work through fostering individual “callings,” or, how building on strengths produces more positive outcomes in a diverse array of settings such as classroom learning, employee commitment, leadership development, and firm profitability- in contrast to a more typical focus on managing or overcoming weaknesses.

Scholarship”- draws from a variety of fields including:

Positive Psychology- and Martin Seligman’s work. Seligman argued that since World War II, traditional psychology has focused almost exclusively on human pathology, or on what is wrong with and lacking in individuals.

Community Psychology- with a focus on the presence of wellness not the absence of disease

Organizational Development and Appreciative Inquiry- Based on the assumption that organizations have a positive core which, if revealed and tapped, unleashes positive energy and positive improvement

Prosocial and Citizenship Behavior- or voluntary actions that provide benefit to other people

Corporate Social Responsibility- which centers on the obligation of organizations, especially corporations, to address societal problems and ills


POS is a fresh and in my view a much needed lens. It offers new ways of looking at old phenomena. By applying this new lens, elements that were formerly invisible become visible. POS helps people look at phenomena in new ways. POS is not value-neutral. It advocates the position that the desire to improve the human condition is universal and that the capacity to do so is latent in most systems.

What’s YOUR view?

The Greatest Love of All:

The Greatest Love of All


WHAT IF . . . the greatest love of all is loving yourself?

RESEARCH SAYS: Here are a few tips to help you love YOU:

  • Embrace your feelings with a desire to learn what your feelings are telling you.
  • Take responsibility for managing your feelings, rather than making others responsible for them.
  • Stay open to learning with all your feelings, rather than avoiding the painful ones by numbing out with substances or distractions.
  • You love yourself best when you take smart action regarding your emotional, physical and financial health, your time and space, and your interactions with others.
  • Value your core self, rather than defining yourself through your looks, performance, and the stories others have about you.
  • Approve what is good, face what is not good about you, and keep evolving. 
  • Make your needs just as important to you as others’ needs. 

TRY THIS: Choose one or two of the tips above to focus on this week. To love yourself is the essence of self-respect.

The Positivity Blog by Henrik 

Now, I’d like to look back into the past. Back to the time when I was single. It was a period when I faced rejection a lot of the time. 

Which was actually a step forward for me. Because before that I spent much of my
time totally avoiding situations where I could be rejected.

But still, being rejected hurt. 

So I’d like to share a couple of things that I learned during those years that helped
me to lessen the sting of rejection and that helps me to this day when I get
rejected in other ways.

1. Take some time to process it instead of forcing a smile on your face.

Trying to force optimism or to move forward when you are still in an emotional
turmoil or a bit shocked usually don’t work that well.

So first just take a bit of time to process the thoughts and feelings that arise when
you have been rejected.

2. Focus on what you still have in your life. 

Take some time for the thoughts that arose. But don’t get stuck in dwelling and in
dragging yourself down into an ocean of self-doubt and negativity.

Instead, shift your focus to what you actually still have in your life. The people, the
passions or hobbies, the sometimes taken for granted things like a roof over your
head and that you don’t have to go hungry.

Tapping into gratitude like this helps me to put what happened into perspective
and to not let it overwhelm me.

3. Don’t think it’s all about you.  

It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking there is something wrong with you if you
for example don’t get a second date.

But not everything is about you. 

The other person may have his or her own self-doubts. Or things from the past he
or she has not moved on from yet. Or that person may simply be looking for
something or someone else than you.
That’s just how life is. So see if you can learn something from the situation but
don’t put everything that happens on yourself.
4. Strengthen your self-esteem.
A self-esteem toolbox filled with helpful thought habits and strategies do not make
you invincible to rejection or any other negative situation.

But it makes you stronger. It makes more things bounce off you. Instead of them
dragging you deeper and deeper down.
And with kinder self-talk that is actually helpful it is easier to learn something you
can use in the future and to keep going forward.

Have a self-kind day!

Employee Engagement: You’ve Got the Power

If you are local…

Go Red for Women:
Women’s heart health matters!



Focus on Youth and/or Health Equity:

You might be interested in this community discussion and screening of Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope, presented by SDG members Alliance Healthcare Foundation (iEngageU) & The San Diego Foundation, with community partners. 

Resilience explores the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent Toxic Stress. Now understood to be one of the leading causes of everything from heart disease and cancer to substance abuse and depression, extremely stressful experiences in childhood can alter brain development and have lifelong effects on health and behavior.  The local panel of regional experts, educators, and service providers will discuss how to help build resilience in our community to create bright futures for generations to come.

Register online

Tuesday February 21, 3:00 – 5:30pm

Performing Arts Center

Chula Vista High School

820 4th Avenue • Chula Vista, CA 91911

Parking Lot located off K Street, between 4th and 5th Avenue.

Film includes Spanish subtitles.
Snacks and refreshments available.

Who Should Attend?
High School & College Students
Parents & Caregivers
Service Providers
Probation & Law Enforcement Representatives
Community Advocates 


Dr. Karen Janney
Superintendent, Sweetwater School District

Barbara Jiménez
Director of Regional Operations, Health and Human Services Agency-Central & South Regions

Dr. Dawn Griffin
Forensic Psychologist & Associate Professional, Alliant International University
MaryRose Peralta
Principal, Chula Vista High School

Register online


Women’s Hall of Fame 2017:

You are invited to the  Women’s Hall of Fame 2017, an event that the Department of Women’s Studies at SDSU has co-hosted (UCSD Women’s Center, Women’s Museum & San Diego County Commission on the Status of Women) for the last 16 years. It is on Sunday, March 5th at 2:30 pm at the Jacobs Center. We have a great group of women being inducted this year. Please share this event info. Tickets for students and Women’s Studies folks are $25.00. There is a link to the reservations page and a link to the press release at the bottom of the invite.
This is a great event that recognizes diverse women from different communities and their life-long contributions to the betterment of San Diego–

Thanks for your support,

Please join us in celebrating these outstanding women on Sunday, March 5th!



View Press Release       Purchase Tickets

02-17-17-615 years at Mission Fed! Who would have thunk it…

Thanks this week go to Alan D, Huma G, Larry H, Henrik, Megan T, and all the teams working in the POS!

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“Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.”– Carrie Fisher (1956 – 2016)

The United TRAITS of America?


It is National School Counseling Week!
“School Counseling: Helping Students Realize Their Potential,” is celebrated from Feb. 6-10, 2017 to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. Thanks for all you do outside of the classroom helping us with our psycho-social, whole-person skills!

The United Traits of America: What traits ultimately define us as a country and as humans beyond just red and blue states?
What have we really learned in school and life?
This vid might spark a response
Stand for something, or fall for anything!

Love Has No Labels:
My heart doesn’t see race, gender, religion- just your soul…

Rethink Bias
We are all created equal…

Creating a Personalized Connection with EVERY Student:
This Fifth grade English teacher in North Carolina has an elaborate, personalized handshake with every one of his students, inspired by their personality, “that brings them excitement and pumps them up for a high-energy class.” http://abcn.ws/2kiaieL

What if Money Does Buy You Happiness?

How to Get as Much as You Give (#447)


WHAT IF . . . Money actually really does buy happiness?  It does, but not in the way you might think!  RESEARCH SAYS: Charitable giving is scientifically proven to benefit the giver as much as the receiver. It works just like a positive feedback loop: giving makes people happier, and happier people give more. And it’s not just about money. Anytime you give—whether it’s your time, your affection, or your creative resources—your brain rewards you with a shot of feel-good hormones, and a bright new outlook on life and love.

TRY THIS: Think about what your greatest talent is. Do you excel at a particular skill—creative, athletic, mental, relational? Identify a person or group who could really use the resource you have to give. Give it and tell us how you feel and what you learned. Read Will’s latest leadership/career blog post: Three Super Bowl Life Lessons for All of Us

“Wealth is the ability to fully experience life!” – Henry David Thoreau

If you are local-
Do You Vote with Your Feet and Frequent Organizations that Align with Your Values?


The sunshine is calling and so are your friends!

Earn $40 each when you Refer a Friend to Mission Fed

Sharing is caring

Be sure to tell all of your friends and family members about this great offer, and have them bring the coupon from our website with them when they visit the branch. There’s no limit to how many people you can refer!

Start your savings with a splash—tell your friends to open an account by March 31, 2017!

Plus, we’re giving back $1 Million to our members in 2017 with Mission Fed Money Match. Are you next?  Visit MissionFed.com/Refer-A-Friend for Full Rules.

Thanks this week go to Mehrad N and the Conscious Leader Collective, Trish H and the SDSU Ed team, Julia N & Marlaine C and the Parenting 2.0 team, Will M, the Mission Fed team, school counselors everywhere, and all you soul-filled people making our world better!

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“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”— Benjamin Franklin

Your Soul Food for Super Bowl Friday: Winning on and off the Field of Play- For those precious few who prioritize understanding over brevity…


This week:
For those precious few who prioritize understanding over brevity, this heady piece wherever you stand politically is a wakeup call that we sure ain’t in Kansas anymore Toto

Anti-Globalist Conflict? This is Not Ordinary Politics!
We are clearly going through a phase change in the global political situation as evidenced by Brexit, other nationalistic sentiments and most close to home with the “Trump Insurgency”.
Viewed through the lenses of Communications Infrastructure, the Deep State, Globalism, the New Culture War, & Collective Intelligence we find ourselves in the middle of an existential conflict between two entirely different and incompatible ways of sensemaking. Note: If you don’t have the time to go through the whole piece, do scroll to The War for Collective Intelligence section…
PDF Copy: situational-assessment-2017-trump-edition-deep-code-medium


Mission Fed TV Commercial Debuts During Fox 5 Super Bowl Pre-game on Sunday Feb. 5
While football fans all over San Diego are getting ready for the big game, they’ll be treated to a new Mission Fed commercial during the pre-game coverage. This new commercial asks people all over town, “What matters to you most in a bank?” and shows how they can find what they need at Mission Fed!

Watch for us during these pre-game shows:
7-9am Fox 5 Morning News Super Bowl Special
9-10am Road to the Super Bowl
3-3:30pm Super Bowl Pre-Kick
Your Success is Our Bottom Line

Personally acting Locally and Globally:
In the past week, I was privileged to be on the inaugural Real Talk San Diego 2-1-1 show and Facebook live, keeping our attention on creating a community based on courage, compassion and connection. 2-1-1 plays an integral role in our community connecting real people with real help. Enjoy!

Masterpieces of the Human Spirit: Enjoy Some of the Most Beautiful Churches in the World!
What is your Fav?

The most beautiful churches around the world ~Some of them took over 500 years to build.


02-03-17-3The neo-Gothic Las Laras Sanctuary sits perched on a bridge spanning a deep river gorge in southern Colombia — one of South America’s most dramatic churches. 34 years to construct

02-03-17-4Notre-Dame Basillica of Montreal

02-03-17-5Barcelona’s and Antoni Gaudi’s, LaSagrada Familia Construction commenced in 1882. Estimated completion date: 2026 144 years

02-03-17-6The soaring pillars and rainbow-hued stained glass windows of the Sagrada Familia’s interior.

02-03-17-7Asis Church, Taos, N.M.

02-03-17-8Cadet Chapel at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

02-03-17-9The 150-foot tall Cadet Chapel……17 spires.

Chapel of the Holy Cross, Sedona, AZ.

Borgund Stave Church, Norway

02-03-17-12Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Washington Island, Wis.

02-03-17-13Duomo in Milan
Construction commenced 1386
Completed 1965 579 years

02-03-17-14Greek island of Santorini


St. Vinzenz Church, Heiligenblut, Austria.

02-03-17-16Sainte-Chapelle in Paris.

02-03-17-17Saint Peter’s Basilica, Rome

02-03-17-18Interior of Saint Peter’s.

02-03-17-19St. Michaels Cathedral, Kiev, Ukraine

02-03-17-20Cathedral-Basilica, New Orleans.

02-03-17-21Church of Assumption, Bled Lake, Slovenia

02-03-17-22Church of Our Savior, St. Petersburg, Russia.

02-03-17-23St. Peter’s interior.

02-03-17-24Chapel of the Rock, Estes Park, Colo.

02-03-17-25Heddal Stave Church, Norway

02-03-17-26St. Bartholoma, Lake Konigssee, Germany

02-03-17-27Metropolitan Cathedral of Our Lady Aparecida, Brasilia,Brazil.

02-03-17-28Brasilia’s interior.

02-03-17-29St. Basil’s, Moscow, Russia.

02-03-17-30Collegiate Church of Notre-Dame, Dinant, Belgium

02-03-17-31Lutheran Church of Hallgrimur, also known as Hallgrimskirkia, Iceland

02-03-17-32Chapel of Thanksgiving in Dallas, TX.

02-03-17-33Our Lady of Covadonga Cathedral, Spain.

02-03-17-34Salisbury Cathedral, Britain Construction: 1220 – 1320

02-03-17-35Yosemite Valley Chapel, Yosemite National Park.

02-03-17-36Nuestra Nenora de Gracia, Cuenca, Spain

02-03-17-37Stowe Community Church, Stowe, Vermont

02-03-17-38Santuario Dom Bosco, Brasilia, Brazil

02-03-17-39Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, San Diego, CA.

02-03-17-40Russian Orthodox Church of Mary Magdalene, Jerusalem.

Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, Canela, Brazil.

02-03-17-42St. Charles Cathedral, Vienna

02-03-17-43pogost , or enclosure, of Kizhi in the Russian autonomous region of Karelia dates back to the 18th century and includes two wooden churches — one with 22 wooden domes — and a wooden clock tower.”
The UNESCO-listed pogost, Kizhi, Russia.

Crystal Cathedral, Grove, CA.

02-03-17-45Sacre-Coeur Basilica, Paris

02-03-17-46Church of Panagia Paraportiani, Island of Mykonos

02-03-17-47Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Moscow, Russia.

02-03-17-48Basilica of the National Vow, Quito, Ecuador

02-03-17-49Church of Dmitry on Blood, Uglich, Russia.

Memorial Temple of the Birth of Christ, Shipka, Bulgaria.

02-03-17-51Notre-Dame-du-Huat, France.

02-03-17-53Notre-Dame-du-Huat Interior.

Saint-Michel d’Aiguilhe, Puy-en-Velay, France

Thanks this week go to Karina L, Cliff P & Jordan G, Robin M, Donna H, Terri M & the Mission Fed marketing team, John O @ 2-1-1,  and to Cathy S & Meg M for keeping Soul Food Flying!

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“The champion wins first, then walks into the arena.

Everybody else walks into the arena and then tries to figure out what to do.”— Jim Fannin

Your Soul Food Friday for the last week of January 2017: “Are we the same person on the inside as we seem to be on the outside?”

We have much to learn from within,
but it is easy to get lost in the labyrinth
of the inner life.

We have much to learn from others,
but it is easy to get lost in the
confusion of the crowd.

“There was a time when farmers on the Great Plains, at the first sign of a blizzard, would run a rope from the back door out to the barn…
Today we live in a blizzard of another sort. It swirls around us as economic injustice, ecological ruin, physical and spiritual violence, and their inevitable outcome, war. It swirls within us as a fear and frenzy, greed and deceit, and indifference to the suffering of others.
We all know stories of people who have wandered off into this madness and been separated from their own souls, losing their moral bearings and even their mortal lives: they make headlines because they take so many innocents down with them”—Parker Palmer

One way out- or back as the case may be- is to reconnect with our soul (hence my commitment to Soul Food Friday’s for over half a decade)

This week:
An Inspirational vid about the Power of One Person to make a Difference
Responding with Soul to the Blizzard of the World with our Hidden Wholeness
The Paradox a poignant poem by Sarah Kay

Don’t think one person matters?

The Blizzard of the World
“The blizzard of the world has crossed the threshold
              and it has overturned the order of the soul.” – Leonard Cohen

Esteemed singer, songwriter, musician, poet, novelist, painter and artist of life, Leonard Cohen passed away in November of last year

Those of us that care can be healers in a wounded world.
Our fastidiousness for living a moral code with integrity (the state or quality of being entire, complete and unbroken) is a testimony to the power and relevance of the time-worn wisdom traditions and our opportunity to contribute to a better world.

In the martial arts we tie our uniforms with belts, and even this tradition every time we “train” reminds us to pay attention: “are we the same person on the inside as we seem to be on the outside?”
Both ways of tying the belt; whether the inside and outside are unified at the knot at your center, or the alternative way that actually creates a Mobius strip where there is no inside or outside but they both keep co-creating each other, remind us of our yearning to be “centered”.

All the great spiritual traditions want to awaken us to the fact that we co-create the reality in which we live…

We have much to learn from within, but it is easy to get lost in the labyrinth of the inner life.
We have much to learn from others, but it is easy to get lost in the confusion of the crowd.

If you are genuinely interested in understanding the paradox of both honoring your inner teacher, never living apart from one’s self, and at the same time never losing the awareness that we are connected to each other, then you need to create circles of trust in your ecosystem.

If this resonates, you might enjoy A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life by Parker Palmer


The Paradox by Sarah Kay

When I am inside writing,
all I can think about is how I should be outside living.

When I am outside living,
all I can do is notice all there is to write about.

When I read about love, I think I should be out loving.
When I love, I think I need to read more.

I am stumbling in pursuit of grace,
I hunt patience with a vengeance.

On the mornings when my brother’s tired muscles
held to the pillow, my father used to tell him,

For every moment you aren’t playing basketball,
someone else is on the court practicing.

I spend most of my time wondering
if I should be somewhere else.

So I have learned to shape the words thank you
with my first breath each morning, my last breath every night.

When the last breath comes, at least I will know I was thankful
for all the places I was so sure I was not supposed to be.

All those places I made it to,
all the loves I held, all the words I wrote.

And even if it is just for one moment,
I will be exactly where I am supposed to be.

Thanks this week goes to the  Eric K & the Conscious Leader Collective for the introduction to Parker Palmer’s wisdom, Kurt C for the sublime poem and the GameChangers team for the inspirational vid.

Pay it Forward!
Blessings & Hallelujah!


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“Afraid that our inner light will be extinguished or our inner darkness exposed, we hide our true identities from each other. In the process, we become separated from our own souls. We end up living divided lives, so far removed from the truth we hold within that we cannot know the “integrity that comes from being what you are.” –Parker Palmer

The Sandwich Week of MLK Day and the President Inauguration 2017: We Need the Heartists!


This week:

  • Rather than lamenting those that did in the past, or those that might in the future, could YOU be the person this world has been waiting for right now?
    • 4 Truths to Unleash the Creative Genius Within You
  • The Politics of Social Change:
  • How can I create some measurable social value for the people that I’m trying to help?”
    • 4 Evidence-Based Principles for Creating Measurable Social Value:
  • 10 Illustrations that show just how much the internet has changed our lives:

Could YOU be the Person this World has been Waiting for?
4 Truths to Unleash the Creative Genius Within You from the 4th Annual Artie Awards Presentation – 2017 Mission Fed ArtWalk & Featured Artist Reveal
This week I had the opportunity once again on behalf of Mission Fed to co-host the Artie Awards at the Westgate Hotel in San Diego along with Kristen Cusato, former KUSI anchor, now at the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute. Here are the remarks that seemed to resonate for the crowd and avid supporters of arts and culture in San Diego and might resonate for the “heartist” in you…

Happy New Year 2017 me (He)arties!
It’s another run around the sun & this one year finds us sandwiched between MLK Day and the Inauguration of a New President with significant implications for our country and the planet. Maybe closer to home and our own personal canvas, maybe we have new aspirations for ourselves?

“You can judge an artist by the size of the problem s/he tackles. While other people cope with the waves, it’s their job to watch the tide.” (Anthony Jay).

Along with this interesting sociological sandwich (MLK & Trump), San Diego has just experienced a unique alignment of sun, moon and earth to create a King Tide and today, I hope we can both understand and ride that King tide.

Don’t doubt that “One individual can begin a movement that turns the tide of history. Martin Luther King in the civil rights movement, Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi in India, & Nelson Mandela in South Africa are great examples of people standing up with courage, compassion and connection to bring about needed changes.” (Jack Canfield)

But could that individual also be you?

Could you be the person this world has been waiting for?

When we create distance between the Kings, the Gandhis, the Mandelas and Mother Theresas. Or the Da Vincis, Picassos, Rembrandts, and Van Goghs and when we put these great ones and others like them on a pedestal, do we preclude our own greatness and our own creative spirit from manifesting?

What world view and what view of ourselves do we hold near and dear? What are the implications of these beliefs for our own activation? And what do these mindsets mean for our future- personally, professionally, globally?

Artists are critical to our future, helping us see differently and they use creativity to shape the innovation economy. Their desire to improve the human condition and see beauty or wonder or possibility is universal.

Today, we walked around and asked people to self-report as risk takers then invited them up to create art with us in the first person.

Why? To give both you and them an embodied experience…

We all value creativity & innovation yet often fail to understand the sequencing of competencies that go into fostering innovation- which is both a process and an outcome (in other words both how you do something and what you get from that something) Innovation cannot occur without a culture that embraces Risk taking.

Fear of risk taking and fear of failure prohibit innovation, yet most of us are spit scared of expressing our creative selves!

Risk taking can only happen in a highly collaborative culture. Even the sole creator needs an ecosystem to ensure their success- those that taught them their craft, those that provide feedback along the way, those that help promote it, those that choose to buy it or otherwise support or sponsor the artist and those that emulate them to launch their own body of work.

And most important of all, a collaborative culture will NOT manifest without the core value of trust at its base.

Trust begets Collaboration. Collaboration begets Risk Taking. Risk Taking begets Innovation.

Today we proudly celebrate our featured artists and this year’s winners of the Artie Awards. As amazing as each and every one of them are in their own right, they are also symbolic and representative of all of us that; practice our craft, take risks, create climates and cultures of collaboration and embody trust -and as a result make our world better.

Thanks to all of you for your continued support of ArtWalk, arts and culture in San Diego, and “voting with your pocketbook” by frequenting organizations that align with your values and support your community.

Mission Fed has been a proud sponsor of Artwalk for nearly a decade, and Mission Federal ArtWalk has become a mainstay in our community thanks to your heartistry!

Over time we will all experience the ebb and flow of the tides, and even the strongest among us will doubt ourselves…

For those of you that are faint of (he)art and even for those of you that are not, here are some closing words of encouragement to unleash that creative genius within you:

    1. You matter! You are incredibly capable, creative, worthy, powerful and valuable. If your life script to this point has suggested otherwise, rewrite the damned script.
    2. Trust deeply in your self-efficacy! YOU got this! The two things that really matter are your belief in yourself, and the systems belief that it can positively impact and bring out the best in each of us. Let’s ensure these are non-negotiables in San Diego as we behave into America’s finest city and America’s kindest region
    3. Identify your unique creative strengths and design a life that capitalizes on them!
    4. You don’t have to go this alone! Surround yourself with kindred spirits and fellow travelers that share the same values, aspirations and have got your back on this incredible journey as you have theirs. No one of us is as wise as all of us. (Remember: smart people think they know everything, intelligent people know they don’t know everything, and wise people realize how little they know)


In a world of coders, (he)artists serve as the de-coders and sense makers, seekers and shamans, mystics and madmen that with courage, compassion and connection hold the creative space and design the compelling model to unleash our people’s & planet’s greatest potential and possibility.

So back to the tides…

“When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out and the tide of love rushes in.” — Kristin Armstrong &

“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe

And the Artie goes to…

The Politics of Social Change:
Involved with a Nonprofit? Here is something that might benefit you on Wednesday January 25th

Dear Friend and Ally,
As we welcome in 2017, I find myself thinking about what lies ahead for our sector and the people it serves. Many nonprofit organizations will face a new set of challenges with the incoming administration. There will be shifts in policy and philanthropy that will make the fundraising landscape more competitive, and attention will be focused on organizations that stay in the hearts and minds of stakeholders.

Nonprofits will need to create strategies that address the pressing needs of those who will be affected, within the first 100 days of Trump’s presidency and beyond. While doing so, they will also require a new framework that clearly emphasizes the stakes of the moment, in order to protect and sustain progress.

Over the past few weeks, I have had a number of conversations with nonprofit leaders who have wanted direction about how to best navigate this new climate. I have decided to host a conference call this coming Wednesday, January 25th, from 1:30pm-2pm EST/10:30am-11am PST, to candidly discuss the challenges and opportunities organizations may face within our rapidly changing landscape.

It is my hope that the 30-minute call will help organizations assess how they can participate in the national narrative to be heard, amidst an unsettled and frenzied news and philanthropy landscape.

Since 2003, I have served as a trusted advisor to organizations around the country that are focused on social change. While much uncertainty lies ahead, I believe that my deep knowledge about the politics of social change, and mastery at advancing the efforts of nonprofits, will add value as you ponder next steps.

The political shift we are experiencing will have far-reaching effects on underserved and marginalized communities, requiring a greater urgency for organizations to be seen and heard by key decision makers. While nonprofit organizations have always been on the front lines of social change, in this new day, they will need to represent their mission in ways that are consistent with the current state of affairs.

To register for the call, please RSVP to Jennifer Lynn at jlynn@thewakemanagency.com. You will receive the access credentials for the call upon registration. 

I look forward to speaking with you on the call.

In solidarity,

Vanessa Wakeman
Chief Executive Officer
The Wakeman Agency 212-500-5953 x110
New York – Silicon Valley


How can I create some measurable social value for the people that I’m trying to help?”
Four Evidence-Based Principles for Creating Measurable Social Value:

On a Lighter Note…
10 Illustrations that Show Just How Much the Internet has Changed Our Lives:

Thanks this week go to the Mission Fed ArtWalk and Artie team, Vanessa W and the Wakeman Agency, Jeff J and Rescue, and Vinny R and team Aoinagi

Pay it forward. The time is now. YOU are the one we have been waiting for…

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“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve…
You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King

The role of the world’s “wisdom traditions” is a simple one: To Help Us Behave Decently Toward One Another…

This week here is a little push to help us enjoy the wisdom of the old, & the wisdom of youth, reminding us that there is wisdom everywhere!


Here is a nice start to your day:













Huston Smith:  The Arc of Life:
Huston Cummings Smith (May 31, 1919 – December 30, 2016) was a religious studies scholar in the United States. His book The World’s Religions, originally titled The Religions of Man, sold over two million copies, was translated into 12 languages, and is still one of the most widely used college textbooks on comparative religion. Smith believes the role of what he calls the world’s “wisdom traditions” is a simple one: to help us behave decently toward one another.. He died on December 30, 2016

For more, check out this article on the World of Religion according to Huston Smith:
Smith has devoted his life to the study of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Hinduism. He believes in them all…

NOW is the Time for Compassion:
Do you want to improve your life and the lives of those around you through compassion, self-compassion, and mindfulness? Do you want to join others in the quest to make our world a better place?

If you answered “yes” to either of those questions, we hope you’ll join our newest program and become a COMPASSION IT ADVOCATE.


We created the new COMPASSION IT ADVOCATE program to support you in creating a life filled with kindness and compassion.

How does it work? Once you sign up as a COMPASSION IT ADVOCATE, you’ll receive an email from me each month which contains a video lesson on compassion, a guided meditation, my favorite compassion-related resources, heart-warming stories about COMPASSION IT’s impact, special offers, and more.

Learn more and sign up today at http://compassionit.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=19b47ac39ed366b9316739186&id=0149e131a4&e=28d1ba074f.

With enthusiasm!
Sara Schairer
Founder & Exec. Dir.


Thanks this week go to Peter D and the Conscious Leader Collective, Sean and John C, Sara S, & Larry H.

Please Pay it Forward!

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