Fruition Coalition: The Year in Review

Thanks for being a part of the Fruition Coalition in 2012!

At this time of year, I like to reflect on what has been accomplished. This year, the Fruition Coalition:

  • Was re-energized by the founding director (me) leaving the material and psychological security of my  full time job
  • Published 139 blog posts on The Activist’s Muse
  • Launched the Fruition Academy of Social Imagination and Action
  • Held two webinars: Teaching, Learning, and Transformation & Social Reciprocity…total attendance was 58 people in four countries on three continents
  • Temporarily suspended the Fruition Academy of Social Imagination and Action due to intellectual and financial sustainability concerns and therefore did not conduct the two webinars I was most excited about — Existential Leadership and Quantum Theory for Activists
  • Launched Le Salon Utopique, an online community for progressive activists
  • Worked with an intern from University of Maryland to organize the Changemaker Chat section of the blog (thank you Kerry!)
  • Launched the Social+ campaign to promote extending the idea of carbon neutrality to all of our micro and macro social actions
  • Completed two program development projects with local organizations

As for me personally (but in a professional sense), I:

  • Participated in three presentations at the International Leadership Association
  • Started blogging for Huffington Post
  • Experienced tremendous self-doubt and anxiety — which was at times freeing and at other times paralyzing
  • Learned to feel more comfortable with ambiguity and uncertainty
  • Tutored two students in statistics, revealing the need for simple, easy to understand statistics instructions which I have yet to find online or in textbooks (perhaps I can find a way make stats fun!)
  • Taught an Introduction to Fundraising class for the second time
  • Worked as a research assistant for an awesome, brilliant professor
  • Read a ton of amazing books and papers and added much to my reading list which now includes almost 4,000 books and several hundred papers
  • Narrowed down the topic for my dissertation, which is now looking something like the myths of social justice leadership
  • Did not for one moment regret my decision to make the major life transition to become self-employed, despite the emotional and financial challenges (“That which does not kill us makes us stronger” — F. Nietzsche)

Tomorrow, I will reveal the Fruition Coalition’s plans for 2013!

Looking back on the past year, what have been your highlights?

Social+ Updates

The Social+ Boutique has two new designs inspired by my beautiful, precious cats:

My dharma is to hear the birds singing

All we need is to breathe and be

My overriding goal for 2013 is to live an uncluttered life full of light. I am hoping that these simple messages will inspire all of us to focus on what is truly important in our daily lives.

You can save $10 off your order of $50 or more through January 2nd at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) by entering promo code CONFETTI at checkout.


365 Ways to be Social+








If you read this blog, then I suspect that you are Social+ (“social positive”). People who are Social+ aim to have a net positive social impact by considering the environmental and human impact of everyday decisions and interactions, being actively involved in the community, and expressing kindness and compassion toward others on a daily basis.

We recently opened up the Social+ Boutique so that you can demonstrate your commitment to living Social+ and open up conversations with others about how to create a more peaceful, loving planet.

We now also have a lovely 2013 Social+ calendar available. Each month has a beautiful picture and inspirational quote and every day has one idea of how you can be Social+. For example:

January 9 – Write a letter to the editor about poverty in your community

February 13 – Be kind to everyone you meet today

March 4 – Let something go today

April 15 – Enjoy the fresh air with a friend

May 18 – Visit a relative that you don’t see very often

June 9 – Ask someone for their assistance

July 3 – Be kind and gentle to yourself

August 31 – Learn a new language

September 28 – Visit a local park

October 26 – Make someone else’s day really special

November 3 – Let your light shine

December 19 – Be fully aware of the ripple effect of your every thought and action

The Social+ 2013 calendar makes a wonderful holiday gift for all of the people in your life who care about their community – and it makes a nice gift for you, too! The calendar costs $15.99 but you can save 20% through tomorrow by using promo code VETS 2012.


July 2012 News – League of Women Voters

Good Food and Good Jobs for All – Applied Research Center

Training as Action – Waging Nonviolence

The Story of Change: Why Individual Actions Aren’t Enough – Co.EXIST

The Chicago Trust’s Advocacy Funding Strategy: Lessons Learned for Funders of Advocacy Efforts and Evaluations

Undocumented ‘Dreamers’ in College Welcome Policy Change on Immigration – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Campaigning to Engage and Win: A Guide to Leading Electoral Campaigns – New Organizing Institute

Data Feud Toolkit – DataCenter

An Analysis of Distribution of Wealth Across Households, 1989-2010 – Congressional Research Service

Confirmed: Fracking Can Pollute –

What if Nelson Mandela Used Facebook to Fight Apartheid? – Mashable

2012 Global Peace Index – Vision of Humanity

Rich Countries Pledge $2.6 Billion for Family Planning in Global South – The Guardian

2012 Social Change Impact Report – Walden University

June 2012 News

Statements on Affordable Care Act Supreme Court Ruling:

Physicians for a National Health Program

League of Women Voters

The White House


Center for American Progress

Why We Need to Put the Local Back into Local Enterprise Partnerships – The Transition Network

How to Do Right by Yourself While Busy Saving the World – ColorLines

The Westernized Nature of the #socent Industry – How Matters

Aung San Suu Kyi Accepts 1991 Nobel Peace Prize  – The Guardian

Fragmented Unity at Philly’s Upcoming Occupy National Gathering – Waging Nonviolence

Welfare Reform: What Have We Learned in Fifteen Years? – Urban Institute

U. N. Report Warns Environment is at Tipping Point – USA Today

Greening the Knowledge Economy: A Critique of Neoliberalism – truthout

Risk and Philanthropy – The Resource Alliance

Elect the Dream – Strategy for Progressive Political Power – Campaign for America’s Future

Movements Have Half-Lives – Mobilizing Ideas

The Biggest Problem with Traditional Schooling – The Washington Post

How the Micro-Everything Revolution Will Drive Social Change – Co.Exist

Strategies for a New Economy: 10 Strategies for All Americans – The New Dream Blog

How Can Charities Measure Changing Attitudes? – The Guardian

Scientists Urge Rio Moves on Population and Consumption – BBC News

Map the Meal Gap: Food Insecurity in Your County – Feeding America

Obama Delivers for DREAMers and for our Country – National Immigration Law Center

The American Middle Class, Income Inequality, and the Strength of our Economy – Center for American Progress

President Obama Bristles When He is the Target of Activist Tactics He Once Used – The Washington Post

Liberals Working for the Right – truthout

May News

Obama Embraces Marriage Equality – ThinkProgress

2012 United States Peace Index – Institute for Economics and Peace

May Day – truthout

Research for Organizing Toolkit   – Community Development Project

Civil Resistance 2.0 – The Meta-Activism Project

What Fires Young Progressives’ Activism? A New Study Asks Them – ColorLines

Forget GDP and Start Measuring Inclusive Wealth – Co.EXIST

The State of Preschool 2011 – National Institute for Early Education Research

Birthing Justice: Water is Where Everything Intersects – Water in the Global Commons — Other Worlds

Guide to Sharing – The Center for a New American Dream

The New Protest – Counterpunch

April 2012 News

Community Organizing and Strategic Communications – The SPIN Project

The Globalization of Hollow Politics – truthdig

Free Your (Eco) Mind – Yes! Magazine

Decolonize Together: Indigenous Activists Send Strong Message at Occupy Toronto Talk – Unsettling America

The Dalai Lama on Peace, War, and the Aloha Spirit – truthout

The Wedges Between Productivity and Median Compensation Growth – Economic Policy Institute

Two Decades Later, Children of the L.A. Riots Share  Memories – ColorLines

Action Strategy – The Ruckus Society

No More Thinking with Think Tanks – Utne Reader

Birthing Justice: The Link to Humanity — Gift Economies – Other Worlds

The Stolen Dreams Act – Huffington Post

Turning to Fairness: Insurance Discrimination against Women Today and the Affordable Care Act – National Women’s Law Center

The Upward Spiral: Bootstrapping Systemic Change – Systems Thinker

At Advocates’ Offices, Confronting an Anti-Liberal Scheme – New York Times

Can  There be “Good” Corporations? – Yes! Magazine

I Had to Run Away –  Human Rights Watch

Poverty, Plasticity, Philosophical Activism – truthout

The Economic Consequences of Cutting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Center for American Progress

Shifting Prospects for a New Farm Bill – Utne Reader

Weavings of Resistance – Waging Nonviolence

UN Discusses Gross National Happiness Indicator as Successor to Gross National Product – The Washington Post

Human Trafficking Victims: 2.4 Million People Across the Globe are Trafficked for Labor, Sex – Huffington Post