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TEACHING THE COMPASSIONATE USE OF POWER

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Community Member Projects and Updates

11
Apr

            An article in the New York Times on Sunday revealed that there is a shortage of one of the three-drug cocktail used in lethal injections for the death penalty. Sodium Thiopental, an anesthetic, manufactured by Hospira, recently announced that it would no longer produce the drug to be used for executions. In Europe, where the drug is also manufactured and used in operating rooms, companies have also refused to export the drug to those countries that use it on inmates to be put to death. 

Given the high technology when it comes to anesthetics, there are, of course, alternatives. Pentobarbital is one though it is used infrequently on human beings and rather to euthanize dogs and cats. True, there is little difference in the two drugs that ostensibly put the patient (human or animal) to sleep before the third part of the fatal cocktail is dripped into the vein. Both drugs come from the same family of barbiturates and efficiently depress the nervous system where the victim/patient/animal/human’s brain is put to sleep which results in the victim/patient to forget to breath, or the drug decreases blood pressure where sufficient blood is not pumped to the heart.

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Category : Community Member Projects and Updates | News | Blog
31
Mar

by Tara Sophia Mohr, Woodhull Alumna

Something very sweet happened this week. The Girl Effect organization named me as a “Girl Champion of 2010.” You can see their post about it here.

I want to tell you the story of how this came about, because I think it says a lot about what actually allows us to play big, and what actually causes us to get recognition.

So here’s the story.

Back in October, I made a new friend, Rachel Cole, a fellow life coach. Rachel told me about how much she loved food and community, and how she had organized a series of large, open-to-everyone food gatherings where everyone had to bring something homemade. They became a very hot thing here in San Francisco.

She told me about her “Wisdom books,” blank books she creates and distributes. People write a piece of wisdom and then pass it on to the next person, who writes their piece of wisdom. Dozens of these are circulating around the world. In the end the books get mailed back to her, and she’s going to do something amazing with them.
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Category : Careers | Community Member Projects and Updates | Blog
30
Mar

by Tara Sophia Mohr, Woodhull Alumna

Hello everyone!

This Thursday, March 31st, 12-1 PST, I’ll be holding a free informational call about Playing Big.

You’ll

  • Get a taste of the Playing Big program
  • Hear why I created this program – and think this is the #1 way I can serve the world
  • Get clear about all the nuts and bolts of how the program will work
  • Ask any questions you have about the program

I hope you’ll join me for the free call. CLICK HERE to sign up.

If you can’t make the call time, but would like the recording, just SIGN UP and you’ll receive it by email.

Love,

Tara

Tara Sophia Mohr is a writer, coach and personal growth teacher. Her work is all about helping people live more authentic, peaceful, compassionate lives. Tara’s a regular blogger for Huffington Post and has been featured in More Magazine.com, Forbes, USA Today and the International Business Times. She received her MBA from Stanford, where her studies focused on innovation and leadership. She writes the blog Wise Living, www.wiselivingblog.com

Category : Careers | Community Member Projects and Updates | Blog
29
Mar

by Tara Sophia Mohr, Woodhull Alumna

A question for you: what is your relationship with negotiation?

What happens in your body when you hear the word? What happens to heart rate, body tension? What memories come up – positive or negative?

If you don’t like negotiation, you need to know:
1. You aren’t alone
2. It can be different.

It’s possible to transform that squeamish, get-me-out-of-here attitude to a totally different experience where you feel comfortable – and even enjoy – negotiating. That’s my story.

I started as someone who figured out how little she could live on and then suggested that for her salary (nice, huh?) and now am someone who actually enjoys a serious salary negotiation.
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Category : Careers | Community Member Projects and Updates | Blog
27
Mar

by Tara Sophia Mohr, Woodhull Alumna

Several years ago, I was attending a conference for professionals in philanthropy. I attended one session focused on one of the big challenges in the industry. I knew I held a very controversial view: that the older generation of professionals and institutions was preventing the very kind of change they were calling for, because of their attachment to realities that no longer existed. Normally, I would have kept quiet about that. After all, lots of those older generation folks were in the room – and they were powerful. Plus, no one else was mentioning it. And what would it do to my professional reputation to say something so confrontational?

But for some reason, that day, I raised my hand and spit out my view to all fifty folks in the room. Quite honestly, the main reason was fatigue – I was too tired from a 5am flight to operate with my filter on. I said plainly what I thought was wrong with the situation, and how the older institutions and professionals weren’t dealing with changing realities. I spoke about one particularly hot button issue that people tended to avoid talking about. I was blunt and passionate.

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22
Mar

If you love our work then tell the world! You have an exciting opportunity to help us make even more of a difference in our community. GreatNonprofits – a site like Amazon Book Reviews or TripAdvisor – is conducting a campaign to identify the top-rated women’s nonprofits in the country.

Won’t you help us participate in the campaign by posting a review of your experience with us? All reviews will be visible to potential donors and volunteers. It’s easy and only takes 3 minutes! Follow this link:


Be sure to choose “Women 2011″ from the drop-down list of campaigns when posting your review. If we gather enough positive reviews by March 31st we will be added to  the Top-Rated Women’s Nonprofits List.

With your help, we can gain greater visibility in the community!

Category : Community Member Projects and Updates | Blog
15
Mar

Check out Woodhull Alumna, Courtney Martin’s “Reinventing Feminism” as she examines the perennially loaded word “feminism” in this personal and heartfelt talk. She talks through the three essential paradoxes of her generation’s quest to define the term for themselves. Read Courtney’s full bio at TED.com

Category : Community Member Projects and Updates | Culture | Women | Blog
14
Mar

Tara Bracco, Woodhull Faculty and poet extraordinaire, was featured in O Magazine last week. See Tara in Oprah’s Fashion Extremes: Celebrate Your Unique Style!

Tara runs two amazing projects:

- Poetic People Power– an ongoing project that combines poetry and activism
- The Project Solution- a nonprofit dedicated to giving everyday people the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others.

Category : Community Member Projects and Updates | Culture | Blog
11
Mar

Woodhull Alumna, Sunny Sea Gold’s  new book comes out April 5th, 2011!

Sunny Sea Gold started fighting a binge eating disorder in her teens. But most books on the topic were aimed at older women, women she had a hard time relating to. Calling on top psychiatrists, nutritionists, and fitness experts, Sunny offers real advice to a new generation fighting an age-old war. With humor and compassion from someone who’s seen it all, Food: The Good Girl’s Drug is about experiences shared by many women-whether they’ve been struggling with compulsive overeating their whole lives, or have just admitted to themselves, that yes, it’s more than just a bad habit.  Pre-Order your copy today at Amazon.com!

Sunny Sea Gold is deputy editor at Redbook and former health editor at Glamour and Seventeen. Her writing has appeared in Real Simple, Best Life, Psychology Today and many other publication. Check out Sunny’s organziation Healthygirl.org

Category : Community Member Projects and Updates | Women | Blog
10
Mar

By Lisa Hix, Woodhull Alumna
Originally posted to Collectors Weekly on March 8th.

Today, in 1911, German activist Clara Zetkin launched the first ever International Women’s Day, to honor the political, economic, and social achievements of women worldwide. Certainly over this past century, life has improved for women by leaps and bounds—perhaps at a rate menfolk sometimes found alarming.

Lately, we’ve been fascinated with the American fear of robots, something both “Robopocalypse” screenwriter Daniel H. Wilson and post-war toy robot collector Justin Pinchot discussed with us.

But what happens when you put fear of women and fear of technology into the same sci-fi stew? You get “fembots,” or often-deadly robots designed to evoke the appearance and mannerisms of beautiful women.

Over at Show & Tell, electobacco posted this 12-inch cool Fembot action figure (made by Kenner, which also produced the original Star Wars action figures). Not—as some young ‘uns might guess—from the “Austin Powers” film series, but from the late 1970s TV show, “The Bionic Woman,” the female-centered cyborg spin-off of “The Six Million Dollar Man.”

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