As 2017 begins, the United States and our global community are undergoing significant changes. And, while the new year is always a time for reflection, reset, goals, and new routines, this year is coupled with political transition as well.
The election season, regardless of how we voted, shocked many of us to our core and has brought to light a divisiveness that needs addressing.
DATE OF MEETING: November 15, 2016
IN ATTENDANCE: Becky Bond, Amanda Carr, Nick Collins, Erin East, Sarah Ganassa, Rachel Hemmerstein, Prarthana Kotagiri, Kate Mitchell, Earl Pearson, Aubrey Redd, Connor Spahn, Aisha White
ABSENT: Amanda Salguero, Kristin Walter
Finals are over and the holidays are upon us, and hopefully with that and the prospect of a new year there is a chance for us all to breathe and reflect on what matters most in our lives. We, at FeelGood, hope you have a restful, safe, and fulfilling winter break.
Our partnership with The Hunger Project dates back to 2005. Throughout 10 years, the movement has had incredible opportunities to engage with THP’s work and staff, including the annual Fall Gala in New York City. Last fall, for the first time, FeelGood was offered two full-funded spots on their Investor Trip. An incredibly generous donor, who believes in youth engagement as a critical tool to ending extreme poverty by 2030, offered the opportunity. After the great success of Dory Cooper (University of Vermont ’15) and Tim Baccarro (Stevens Insitute of Tech ’15) representing FeelGood in Bangladesh, this generous investor has stepped up yet again.
So what’s next? Well two incredibly talented, passionate, engaged, and promising youth leaders with be representing FeelGood on a THP Investor trip to Ghana this August.
We are completely thrilled and honored to announce our two representatives: Ashwini Bhide (UC Berkeley ’14) and Lauren Taber (UC Santa Barbara ’17)!
Some of the critiques of the Gates Foundation’s recent annual letter —as well as of the Sustainable Development Goals themselves—are a reminder that in our work of making the world a better place, what’s most important is the spirit with which we do it. Given what we’re up against, ours is not an easy undertaking. But it can be incredibly joyful, especially when we take the time to appreciate each other, and to gratefully build upon, rather than to tear down, each other’s work. More important than joy, it creates the foundation for collaboration, without which we cannot succeed.
Thoughtful analyses and lively dialogue are of course essential to our collective learning, and for discovering the best way forward. But what determines whether the experience is energizing or enervating is the attitude that pervades it. Following are a few things we’ve learned from our partner organizations about what it takes to create a joyful, collaborative environment:
This post is second in a three-part series of reflections from Dory Cooper, past president of FeelGood at the University of Vermont. In November 2014, Dory joined fellow FeelGooder Tim Baccaro (Stevens FeelGood ’15) on an investor trip to Bangladesh with The Hunger Project, one of our Commitment 2030 Fund partners. On February 5, they hosted a FeelGood LiveLab about their trip, which was recorded so you can check it out here.
So what’s going on in Bangladesh anyway? Where even is it? Are there tigers roaming the streets? Let’s take some time to go over some Bangladesh basics!