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Dismantling Confederate symbols

  Let’s commit to oblivion these symbols & what they stand for   By Tom Peterson Last week riding with some friends in North Carolina we passed a Confederate flag proudly flying along the highway. It was a jarring reminder that Jim Crow is alive and well. But it wasn’t surprising. After all, I do […]

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Finish that last mile

“It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.” —Yogi Berra By Tom Peterson If you or your group have a past littered with unfinished efforts you’re not alone. Many of us face this challenge of starting things but never getting the benefits because we didn’t make it to the finish line. All that’s left is a half-cooked […]

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Tererai, the improbable story of Oprah’s “favorite guest”

How one guy’s simple goal, and one woman’s determination led to Oprah’s “all-time favorite guest”   By Tom Peterson Ray White’s 30-year journalism career and passion for the cause made him a great, though unassuming, leader of public relations much of the time I was at Heifer International. While the team was small—Ray, an associate, […]

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10 ways to be audacious (and change the world)

­   By Tom Peterson The meek have never changed the world. If you want to make the world better, give yourself permission to be bold, learn to be audacious. Daring and audacity for their own sake make no sense. But to address today’s urgent challenges half-hearted actions are not enough. Move toward bold goals […]

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Find your community (or create it)

      By Tom Peterson In the words of an internet meme, “Your vibe attracts your tribe.” The converse is also true: your tribe attracts your vibe—folks like you may be “calling” you. Like magnets, people with similar passions tend to find each other. In the real world, they eat, work or meet together. Virtually […]

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Pick your friends: why it matters

    By Tom Peterson “The fastest way to change yourself is to hang out with people who are already the way you want to be.” — Hoffman and Casnocha Who do you hang out with? Do you nourish and stretch each other? Do you help each other get through challenges and move toward dreams? […]

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Randy Salzman on Design Thinking

        Randy Salzman, seen here with co-author and wife Jeanne Liedtka, is a journalist and former communications professor at the University of Virginia. Along with Liedka and Daisy Azer, he is co-author of the recently published Design Thinking for the Greater Good: Innovation in the Social Sector.  Interview by Tom Peterson What is design-thinking? […]

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Community of Cause: shared purpose and commitment

      “A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.” —Gandhi World change doesn’t come about because of a single person working alone. Period. It simply doesn’t happen. Individuals can share their visions, pioneer new ways of thinking or doing, act with […]

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