Looking for a Nightclub…

Looking for a Nightclub…

I went out today, scouting for a location for the Central Kitchen’s next project–the world’s first non-profit nightclub. Now, I’ve been working towards this for about 25 years…thinking, building, reading about anything that would help me perfect this vision. I’ve been boning up on the history of revenue generating non-profits. I’ve gone to countless clubs or restaurants looking at design, menu’s or systems. I’m a wild student of performance–and how music, theater, dance, satire have played a role in helping folks see things they normally might resist. I mentioned gospel music in an earlier blog,… Continue reading »

Stereotypes, and the danger of the ditch

Stereotypes, and the danger of the ditch

Today I took an interesting opportunity to acknowledge an error I felt, in my gut, we had made when we employed a stereotypical image of a lunch lady in a recent fundraising effort. Here’s where I came from on this… When we use the words “homeless, needy, soup kitchen” it allows us, as a community, to ignore the larger, tougher topics of wage, mental illness, substance abuse, housing, etc. These are subjects that MUST be debated–openly, intelligently, passionately…and until they are, programs like DCCK and tens of thousands of others will, at best, just hold… Continue reading »

Bring on the Noise

Bring on the Noise

At the urging of friends, and to satisfy my own rabid thirst for dialogue, I hereby launch my blog…a semi day-to-day flow of ideas and observations. It will be culled from my work here at the DC Central Kitchen, the larger effort I am deeply involved in here in DC and my (joyful) travels throughout the country to talk about the bigger issues of money, power, respect, opportunity and making noise. Let’s begin with the topic of noise. I’m a big believer in “joyful noise” a term that comes from the gospel music experience. At… Continue reading »