Monday, November 22, 2010

Presidio's MPA Program and Sacred Activism

Yesterday aI had an opportunity to speak to a terrific group of students from the Presidio Graduate School's Masters of Public Administration (MPA) in Sustainable Management program in San Francisco. What an amazing group that is studying ways to integrate sustainability policies with programs in government, NGO's and the private sector. These types of programs are at the vanguard of shifting the perspective for seeking effective initiatives that can make a different in people's lives. Our discussion turned towards what we can do as individuals and the importance of aligning our values with our work.

This brings me to the book by Andrew Harvey, The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism and the Institute for Sacred Activism and Networks of Grace. How to combine compassion and activism. The new institute lists a number of groups doing work in the sustainability field that embraces "compassion-in-action." What a great way to highlight grass roots efforts that are making positive changes by aligning ourselves with our purpose.