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Breaking barriers lisa_finkelstein_presentation_2.17.11

  1. 1. BREAKING BARRIERSThe tools that have worked for me might also work foryou…
  2. 2. Bathroom Kitchen Monday Friday TuesdayBedroom Bedroom Thursday Wednesday Kitchen Bathroom
  3. 3. How do we move forward in our lives when we keep dizzyingly making the same moves?
  4. 4. Toolbox1. Understand. Know what 5. Friends. Choose your your tool box contains. friends wisely.2. Humility. Simply be Humble. 6. Have fun. Keep taking small You have to be humble in steps and have fun. order to see clearly. 7. Dream Big. Know when to3. Process. It’s about the push for your dreams. journey moving towards the 8. Delegate. Pick people that end but not about the end are smarter than you. point. 9. Dress up to show up. Look4. Participate. Be Part of the your most fabulous. Community you want to build. 10. Learn your core. What do you stand for?
  5. 5. Toolbox1. Understand. Know what your tool box contains.
  6. 6. Toolbox1. Understand. Know clearly. what your tool box contains.2. Humility. Simply be Humble. You have to be humble in order to see
  7. 7. Toolbox1. Understand. Know clearly. what your tool box 3. Process. It’s about contains. the journey moving2. Humility. Simply be towards the end Humble. You have but not about the to be humble in end point. order to see
  8. 8. Toolbox1. Understand. Know the journey moving what your tool box towards the end but contains. not about the end2. Humility. Simply be point. Humble. You have to 4. Participate. Be Part be humble in order of the Community to see clearly. you want to build.3. Process. It’s about
  9. 9. Toolbox1. Understand. Know towards the end but what your tool box not about the end contains. point.2. Humility. Simply be 4. Participate. Be Part Humble. You have to of the Community be humble in order you want to build. to see clearly. 5. Friends. Choose3. Process. It’s about your friends wisely. the journey moving
  10. 10. Toolbox1. Understand. Know not about the end what your tool box point. contains. 4. Participate. Be Part of2. Humility. Simply be the Community you Humble. You have to want to build. be humble in order to 5. Friends. Choose your see clearly. friends wisely.3. Process. It’s about the 6. Have fun. Keep taking journey moving small steps and have towards the end but fun.
  11. 11. “If I cant dance, I dont want to be part ofyour revolution.” Emma Goldman
  12. 12. At the very moment The most The best when weneed to be serious Time to keep is usually taking small steps
  13. 13. Toolbox1. Understand. Know what 4. Participate. Be Part of the your tool box contains. Community you want to2. Humility. Simply be build. Humble. You have to be 5. Friends. Choose your humble in order to see friends wisely. clearly. 6. Have fun. Keep taking3. Process. It’s about the small steps and have fun. journey moving towards 7. Dream Big. Know when to the end but not about the push for your dreams. end point.
  14. 14. Toolbox1. Understand. Know what Community you want to your tool box contains. build.2. Humility. Simply be 5. Friends. Choose your Humble. You have to be friends wisely. humble in order to see 6. Have fun. Keep taking clearly. small steps and have fun.3. Process. It’s about the 7. Dream Big. Know when to journey moving towards push for your dreams. the end but not about the end point. 8. Delegate. Pick people that are smarter than you.4. Participate. Be Part of the
  15. 15. Toolbox1. Understand. Know what build. your tool box contains. 5. Friends. Choose your2. Humility. Simply be Humble. friends wisely. You have to be humble in 6. Have fun. Keep taking small order to see clearly. steps and have fun.3. Process. It’s about the 7. Dream Big. Know when to journey moving towards the push for your dreams. end but not about the end point. 8. Delegate. Pick people that are smarter than you.4. Participate. Be Part of the Community you want to 9. Dress up to show up. Look your most fabulous.
  16. 16. Toolbox1. Understand. Know what 5. Friends. Choose your your tool box contains. friends wisely.2. Humility. Simply be Humble. 6. Have fun. Keep taking small You have to be humble in steps and have fun. order to see clearly. 7. Dream Big. Know when to3. Process. It’s about the push for your dreams. journey moving towards the 8. Delegate. Pick people that end but not about the end are smarter than you. point. 9. Dress up to show up. Look4. Participate. Be Part of the your most fabulous. Community you want to build. 10. Learn your core. What do you stand for?
  17. 17. “What is the American radical? The radical is that unique personto whom the common good is the greatest personal value. He isthat person who genuinely and completely believes in mankind.The radical is so completely identified with mankind that hepersonally shares the pain, the injustices, and the sufferings ofall his fellow men.” Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals
  18. 18. circular learnreasoning Talk from each other Can work To each to keep moving forward other
  19. 19. “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? IfI am not for others, what am I? And if notnow, when?”Rabbi Hillel in Pirkeh Avot, Ethics of Our Fathers
  20. 20. As the Director of the LGBT Alliance, LisaFinkelstein works as a community organizer atthe Jewish Community Federation of SanFrancisco, the Peninsula, Marin and SonomaCounties. For close to two decades she has filledmultiple roles as a teacher, director, volunteerand organizer within multiple philanthropic,political and educational social justice-basedorganizations during her time living in Missouri,Colorado, Oregon and California. You can findher blogging on her experiences as aprofessional queer Jew at
  21. 21. bar·ri·er noun ˈber ē-ər, ˈba - -rē-a: Something material that blocks or is intended to block passage <highway barrier> b : a naturalformation or structure that prevents or hinders movement or action <geographic barriers to speciesdissemination> c: a medieval war game in which combatants fight on foot with a fence or railingbetween them something immaterial that impedes or separates obstacle <behavioral barriers> <tradebarriers> Examples: Concrete barriers surround the race track to protect spectators. The trees roots serve as a barrier against soil erosion. The mountain range forms a natural barrier between the two countries. Both leaders are in favor of removing trade barriers. Cultural barriers have made it hard for women to enter many professions. He argues that regulations should not be viewed as barriers to progress.Synonyms: barricade, fence, hedge, wallNear Antonyms: doorway, entrance, entry, entryway, gate, portal; gap, pass
  22. 22. “It is not incumbent upon you to complete the task, but neither are you free to desist from it...” Rabbi Tarfon, Pirkei Avot 2:16
  23. 23. cir·cle noun, often attributive ˈsər -kəla: ring or halo b: a closed plane curve every point of which isequidistant from a fixed point within the curve c: an area ofaction or influence e: fallacious reasoning in which something tobe demonstrated is covertly assumed f: a group of personssharing a common interest or revolving about a common center.Examples: She drew a circle around the correct answer. We formed a circle around the campfire. She has a large circle of friends. She is well-known in banking circles.Near Antonyms: loner; indivualist
  24. 24. com·pas·sion fa·tigue noun kəm-ˈpa-shən fə-ˈtēga: the resistance of the general public to give money to charity or othergood causes due to overexposure or over saturation b: the lack ofcapacity to separate self from other as a key component of productiveempathy; otherwise, the sight of another’s pain can become paralyzingc: destructive behaviors surfacing when caregivers focus on otherswithout practicing self-care. Examples: Lack of flexibility among staff members with strong reluctance toward change with inability to believe improvement is possible Isolation from others In denial about problems Voices excessive complaints about administrative functions
  25. 25. “In an expanding universe, time is on the side of the outcast.Those who once inhabited the suburbs of human contempt findthat without changing their address they eventually live in themetropolis.” Quentin Crisp
  26. 26. “I may not have been sure about what really didinterest me, but I was absolutely sure aboutwhat didn’t.” Albert Camus in “The Stranger,” 1942.
  27. 27. “Its no good running a pig farm badly for 30 years whilesaying, Really, I was meant to be a ballet dancer. Bythen, pigs will be your style.” Quentin Crisp

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