If you haven’t heard – we had a baby! Elena Cleo Ross Ludwig was born September 25, 2012 at 9:22 pm.
Alli & I are so proud and honored to welcome Elena!
We are blessed with abundance in our life in many ways. We are also blessed with privileges we’ve not earned. Elena will benefit from these privileges and our abundance. And she is already benefitting from the generosity of friends and family who have given us and her so much.
While we LOVE and are THANKFUL for all that has been given to us – we also recognize that not everyone in the world is as lucky, as blessed, or has access to the same resources we do.
So we would ask that if you are thinking about getting us/her a present – that you do us the honor of donating to a group working on issues concerning women and/or children instead.
While we have our thoughts as to what those organizations are – we’re sure you have a favorite organization close to you.
Some causes we hold dear:
- Batoumas Girls Fund – Our dear friend Sophie relays this story of heartbreak in such a way as to make us cry each time we read it. We know that birth is not easy – and that in many places it still is a life or death experience. We also know that Sophie will ensure that these wonderful girls get the full advantages of education.
- Update on this from Sophie – “When I sent that email, it was after days of nervousness, and I worried that my goal of $1500 was too high. In just one week, I raised over $5000. This will pay for all three girls’ schooling for the next 10 years. I have set up a savings account in their name and will continue to accept contributions – maybe one day, they will go to college. But for now, I just want to hug everybody. It means so so much to me to remember Batouma this way. The support is overwhelming.” – to see a picture of the girls in matching green dresses on their first day of school in fall 2012 click thru this link.
- Planned Parenthood – An organization that continues to do great work under serious pressure and politicized scrutiny.
- Somerville Homeless Coalition – local group working on an issue that disproportionately affects women and children.
With much love & such beautiful new light.
-E & A & e
It often takes me a bit longer than others to process things and really get to the heart of my own understanding. I often also let things “age” in my own mind – which I hope/think leads to something akin to wine or whiskey – betterment with aging.
Such is the case now, as I return from 10 days with the Urban Bush Women at their Summer Leadership Institute in New Orleans (well – here is another symbol of that long processing – SLI was July 19-29, and I started this post 2 weeks ago). At the point of starting this post, things really started to synthesize for me around a few particular thoughts. And writing this and synthesizing that have also brought forth some really old thoughts.
Great first night here in NOLA for the 2012 UBW SLI. Awesome people, great vibe.
Our cohort (of ~30 people) will be working with what appears to be a pretty awesome community partner.
- Walk or bike to work every day.
- No email, text, web, or social media while walking to work.
- Minimum 1 hour of non-computer time every day at work.
- Maximum of 2 hours computer time outside of work every day – including weekends.
- Return to physical medium for all GTD work – bring back the calendar!
- Weekly Digital Sabbath / Shabbat – 24 hours of unpluggedness.
If you live near NOLA – come check out what should be an awesome day on Saturday, July 28 – all day long. The entire UBW SLI will be performing throughout the city. Check the schedule below.
Wealth: Reclaiming and Reframing, A Festival of Art Place and Ideas
Saturday, July 28th from 9:30 to 6:30
Performance 1 & Prayer Breakfast
Christian Unity Baptist Church, 1700 Conti Street
Performance 2 & Community Sing
Ashe Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard
Performance 3 & “Moving Stories”
Tekrema Center for Arts and Culture, 5640 Burgundy Street
(Lower Ninth Ward)
Admission to the festival is free!
UBW’s SLI is supported by Surdna Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, Tulane University’s Gulf South Center, Junebug Productions, Ashe Cultural Arts Center, Tekrema Arts Center, Christian Unity and Golden Feather.
We’re getting ready to go to New Orleans for the Urban Bush Women Summer Leadership Institute. This means getting ready to dive in body soul mind and spirit into some tough questions.
To prepare, we’ve been given a list of resources. Check it out – not sure I can get through all of this in such a short time – but going to make a valiant effort..
Anything else I should be checking out? And anyone want to volunteer to do an interview with me?
- “Culture of Poverty in America”
- “7th Ward Neighborhood Upset Blight Remains Despite Promised Help”
- “If I Were a Poor Black Kid”
- “Response to: ‘If I Were A Black Kid’”
- “Hold Wall Street Banks Accountable”
- “Disproportionate impact of long-term, and general, unemployment on African-Americans as compared to their white counterparts”
- “Poverty, Martin Luther King’s Last Cause”
- “The Poor, the Near Poor and You”
- “Did U.S. Tax Policies Increase Economic Inequality”
- “Judge Approves Historic Settlement for Black Farmers”
- “My Take: Five Misconceptions about Poverty in America”
- The Urban Institute: Understanding Poverty
- Union Facts: Service Employees Leaders, Employees, and Salaries
- Southern Poverty Law Center
- Economy Policy Institute
- Institute on Assets and Social Policy
- U.S Census Bureau American Fact Finder
- Green Path Debt Solutions
- Art Home
- The Actors Fund Financial Services and Resources
- The Rich & The Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto
- By Tavis Smiley & Cornel West
- The Warmth of Other Suns
- By Isabel Wilkerson
- Women and Money: Owning the Power to Control Your Destiny
- By Suze Orman
- Suze Orman’s Action Plan
- By Suze Orman
- The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom: Practical and Spiritual Steps So You Can Stop Worrying
- By: Suze Orman
- What are their opinions regarding access to opportunities?
- What are the family migration stories? How did they arrive where they are now? What facilitated or made the road difficult.
- What practices have sustained your family and /or what has made the road rough?
- What does it feel like to make and or nurture something tangible?
- How do the young people in your neighborhood make money?
- What lessons or values did your family instill in you regarding money?
- If your income doubled tomorrow, what would you do? Why?
- If your income was cut in half tomorrow, what would you do and why?
“At the moment, the political game in Mali resembles two games of three-dimensional chess being played simultaneously. The first game is in the capital, where Sanogo is in over his head and seems to have no real plan for what to do next. That political game is currently at a stalemate, but a variety of opponents are looking to maneuver Sanogo into checkmate. In the second game, the Malian Sahara represents both the board and the prize — and neither the Malian military nor its rivals knows what the rules are. But the game is on.”
- Thers is some cool experimentation happening with online learning right now, and we’ll need much more measured research to learn how online tools can be applied to solve our world’s educational gaps.
- We must not lose sight of the fact that creation of high quality, effective materials still requires significant investment upfront, and significant investment to maintain and evolve that material. In this area, these tools are no different than traditional tools (and in fact, are probably more expensive). But – many more students can theoretically be reached, thus lowering the per-student cost of course material creation.
The report backing this article can be downloaded on this site.
22 May 2012Boston Globe By Mary Carmichael GLOBE STAFFFindings give boost to online classesMethod effective, study concludes‘They see now that it is a valid way to teach. It’s undeniable.’JOAN THORMANN, professor at Lesley UniversityThe burgeoning movement to put more college classes online, which attracted the support of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology earlier this month, is getting another endorsement that may have an even greater impact: rigorous evidence that the computer can be as effective as the classroom.A new study compared two versions of an introductory statistics course, one taught face to face by professors and one mostly taught online with only an hour a week of face time. Researchers found students fared equally well in both formats on every measure of learning. The only difference was that the online group appeared to learn faster.The report — being released Tuesday by Ithaka S+R, a nonprofit think tank focused on technology and education — is the first large, randomized study to support online learning. Ithaka also published another report in early May laying out the current landscape of online higher education.Taken together, the reports ‘‘don’t suggest that interactive online learning is far better than traditional forms of instruction — but even in its infancy, it does well,’’ said Lawrence Bacow, the former Tufts University president, who co-authored the first paper. ‘‘And today’s students become tomorrow’s faculty. They will have much greater comfort using these tools. This is only going to get better over time.’’The report also suggests that online courses can suit a wide variety of students, not just the elite. Previous studies have looked at small groups of students or only those with strong intellectual or financial backgrounds. Other comparative studies used research techniques that could have skewed their results, such as neglecting to randomly assign students to online or in-person instruction.But the Ithaka study looked at hundreds of students randomly assigned to comparable online and in-person statistics classes at six public universities. Many of the students had family incomes of less than $50,000 and college grade point averages of lower than 3.0. Even those groups learned as well online as they did in the classroom.‘‘ The notion that online courses might work at MIT or Harvard or Stanford or Carnegie Mellon is in a certain sense neither here or there, because those places are going to survive and thrive whatever they do,’’ said James Mccarthy, president of Suffolk University, who helped design and implement the new study. ‘‘Whether this approach works across a broader spectrum of institutions is what really matters.’’Mccarthy plans to distribute the report to administrators at Suffolk and hopes to pilot the online statistics course as early as next spring. Online education may be a lifesaver for middle-tier universities, many of which are financially strapped. By allowing them to adapt free materials for their own use — and teach the information to many more students than can fit in a classroom — it could save them money.‘‘I honestly feel that for the first time we have a potential model that can totally change the teaching and learning process while lowering costs,’’ said William ‘‘Brit’’ Kirwan, chancellor of the University System of Maryland and an adviser to Ithaka. ‘‘I just don’t know where we go as a country if we aren’t able to deliver on some new paradigm that will accomplish those twin goals.’’Online instruction has been the talk of higher education in recent months as prestigious universities and venture capitalists alike have jumped in with plans to offer classes to the masses, typically free and sometimes with credentials attached.‘‘It’s unreal how fast this space has heated up,’’ said Michael Horn, executive director of the Innosight Institute, a think tank that focuses on innovation in education. ‘‘It has become a ‘cool’ problem for engineers to solve.’’On announcing that Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology would partner on the edx initiative, Rafael Reif — MIT’S new president — said online courses ‘‘will probably, quite frankly, revolutionize the way higher education is practiced in the next few years.’’But there have been skeptics, too, as academics have questioned whether it is advisable or even possible to provide a good education largely via screen. Even online education’s advocates acknowledge they are not yet sure how best to deliver it.‘‘This is like the automobile industry in 1912,’’ said Lawrence Summers, the former Harvard president and Treasury secretary who now chairs the advisory board of a major online-education startup, the Minerva Project. ‘‘We don’t know what the right model will be.’’The new report demonstrates that at least one model — a highly interactive one, with brief in-person tutorials — works. ‘‘People can no longer dig their heels in and say, ‘Oh, I can’t do this, my subject matter can’t be communicated in an online format,’ ’’ said Joan Thormann, a professor at Lesley University who published a book this year on how to design and deliver Web-based courses. ‘‘They see now that it is a valid way to teach. It’s undeniable, and it’s unavoidable.’’Bill Bowen, Ithaka’s founding chairman and a co-author of the new report, said that if online classes are to truly transform higher education, one piece is still missing: a large investment in basic, free versions of courses that universities could tweak for their own purposes.Creating high-quality online courses ‘‘is not easy work to do, and it is not an approach that can be developed campus by campus,’’ Bowen said.‘‘No individual campus can really muster the resources — in not just money, but also talent,’’ he said. ‘‘One hopes the foundation world, or maybe the government, will step up and invest.’’