Aside from offering consulting services, I am working on my own projects :)
Bare Witness is a project I've been dreaming up and finally acting on in the last year and a half. It's not totally up and running yet but it will be coming soon!!
It is intended to serve as a resource on social innovation, inspirational projects, and content on the way we approach social change and activism.
I realized the History channel is almost a societally accepted cultural norm of cable television. So we have Euro-centric perspective of history covered, thanks a lot. I also realized that bad news is a socially accepted norm of television via every mainstream news channel and even alternative news channels like DemocracyNow!. Bad news? Check. The alternative to bad news that I can find is cheery, light-hearted individual-focused sources like Upworthy. So I wanted to create a source made up of content that features the hard work of activists, artists, social entrepreneurs, facilitators, hosts, consultants, and other changemakers alike that wasn't just 'daily pick me up' type like watching a guy adopt 2 puppies, but featuring stories that go deeper, that prompt contemplation, deep thought, profound learnings, that challenge the status quo, our values, principles, belief systems, habits, and hopefully be a source of reflection and research for changemakers. Urgency and the near-obsession of being busy for activists is what burns us out, it's what makes us jaded, disillusioned, checked-out, cynical and eventually leave the work which has gross impacts on the work itself and on the individuals themselves. Taking time out to do research of what other organizations, movements and businesses are doing around the world, and taking the time out to reflect on your process, your health, your journey as an organization or individual is a privilege that many of us can't seem to find. But it is possible. I hope this channel will eventually make that possible and more accessible and inspiring for us to take a break, slow down, get out of your tunnel vision, get out of your head, get out of your routine, your context and experience a change in scenery even if virtually, and refresh and restart with a more grounded intention to your work.