Gen Next BADASSES

Gen Next BADASSES

I just finished my LAST gig of 2009!!! Man, what a year. All told, I think I passed 80 speeches this year, but I totally saved the best for last—in Dallas, speaking to the nonprofits of Texas at the One Star Foundation’s annual Governor’s Nonprofit Leadership Conference. Now, I’m not gonna go into too much detail today. In fact, I’ll be back in a week or so with a Top Ten countdown of the baddest, boldest craziest, coolest moments of an insanely productive year….but for today, let me introduce you to two dynamic, young up-n-comers… Continue reading »

Are Nonprofits the New Okies?

Are Nonprofits the New Okies?

“Whenever they’s a fight so hungry people can eat, I’ll be there. Whenever they’s a cop beatin’ up a guy, I’ll be there . . . . I’ll be in the way guys yell when they’re mad an’-I’ll be in the way kids laugh when they’re hungry an’ they know supper’s ready. An’ when our folks eat the stuff they raise an’ live in the houses they build-why, I’ll be there.” Tom Joad–The Grapes of Wrath This week, in a toss off reply to a tweet from my friend Andrea Snyder, who was suggesting that… Continue reading »

ENCORE

ENCORE

Just closing up the 2009 Purpose Prize where I spent just a few quick seconds with Civic Ventures founder Marc Freedman and CEO John Gompers. These are BOTH seriously righteous dudes, who have been pushing the “how do we re-define aging in America” envelope for a full decade, and this annual gathering of profoundly engaged elders is the manifestation of their vision. I posted a TON of tidbits via twitter (@robertegger) and I’ll certainly be posting more on this later….but here’s a fast video as I get ready to fly back home. Tweet

BOOYAH in Boston

BOOYAH in Boston

A fast update as I once again roll in, and then out of town. I have been ROARING across America for the past few months and scary as it sounds to say, I have even more gigs lined up in the next few weeks. But I love it. Why? Case in point—my gig yesterday up in Boston. I was invited to speak at the annual gathering of the members of the Provider’s Council up in Massachusetts, which is led by a really cool cat, colleague and friend…Michael Weekes. Not only is he a dynamic leader… Continue reading »

A Bold Sista, Small Ripple

A Bold Sista, Small Ripple

It is from numerous diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends out a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. Robert Kennedy I’d been on the road for a full week, and I had a mountain of material the size of… Continue reading »