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Gratitude: Retrain your brain

December 13, 2017 Published by

Gratitude—expressing it in writing and in speech—is something I do every morning and every evening. In the morning I journal. One of the things I journal is at least 3–5 things for which I am grateful. At night, as I am falling asleep, I remind myself of a couple of...

How the criminal justice system can be an ally in the decriminalization of poverty

December 11, 2017 Published by

The beginning of America’s criminalization of poverty This nation has criminalized poverty from the very start. Between 1615 and 1699, English courts sent approximately 2,300 convicts to the American colonies as indentured servants. Jamestown, Virginia, used this free labor to work the profitable tobacco plantations. As Jamestown prospered and the...

Podcast: Staying ahead and making the future relevant today!

December 8, 2017 Published by

with Jessica Echols Our education core is Getting Ahead. Whether it’s Getting Ahead in the Workplace or Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World, that is our core education piece. What we noticed is that as people got through Getting Ahead, got to develop their language, and got their aha! moments,...

How aha! Process gives back: Time, talent, and treasure

December 4, 2017 Published by

It is the holiday season, a time to enjoy blessings and to give blessings. As many of you know, aha! Process is engaged in social entrepreneurship—it is our goal to break the cycle of generational poverty by developing resources and providing training, information, and models to do that. At aha!...

From a 30,000-foot view: Building a Bridges community

December 1, 2017 Published by

One of the things that really resonated with myself, with Phil DeVol, and all of us was this real need for what to do next after Getting Ahead. And that really prompted myself and some others to really go off the grid and start to look at: How do we...

Me too: Sexual harassment and a gut-level response

November 29, 2017 Published by

It’s in the news every day—an accusation, finding, or admittance of guilt. Both kinds of sexual harassment—quid pro quo (I do something for you and you do something for me) and creating a sexually hostile work environment. And it is often related to an imbalance of power. When I was...