Learned Helplessness

How can we support people in finding ways to overcome their dependency and helplessness even when they are not the ones to blame? The process of overcoming helplessness and dependency starts with the heart and mind, and is anchored in hope.

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New Programs, New Look!

Here at Cultivate, we are busy working behind the scenes to launch three new programs in the coming year! Along with our new programs, we are excited to show off the new look of Cultivate’s branding. To help clarify our mission, and rejuvenate the expansion of our programs, we thought it was time to reflect this…

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This is Us

We exist to empower and serve community leaders across the globe. They have the vision, passion, and dedication, we simply help them with the resources, knowledge and skills to help make it a reality. Learn more about our work with Arnika, a young woman in India. When you support Cultivate, you are supporting our efforts…

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Two are Better Than One

This weekend I had the opportunity to collaborate with some very intelligent and insightful people, and was reminded that two are always better than one. A dozen is even better! On Friday night, I was the guest of honor at a beautiful dinner party hosted by Kate Shannon of Merrill Lynch and Christy Morrell-Stinson of…

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Perseverance

Perseverance is a tough lesson to learn, but in the end, it is one of the most valuable ones. It makes you stronger, more patient, and helps you embrace what is most important. For the past several months, Cultivate has been working hard on a new project – launching a new online training platform for…

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Prepare For What’s To Come

Working towards something that has not yet arrived is tough. You must have a strong vision to keep you moving, and when your energy falters, you must have something to cling to just so you can keep moving. That’s where I feel right now. I spend so much of my time and energy working on…

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Podcast: Why change in development is so needed

Our Executive Director was recently featured on The Twin Cities Wellness Collective’s podcast. Click below to listen! Here are a few of the topics discussed: There are so many community insiders who have potential, the commitment to make long term changes, desire to improve, and create lasting impact in their community. However, the barriers to their…

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Responding To The Tough Stuff

When things don’t go as you planned, will you lose your patience? When you have to do something you don’t understand, will you get mad at yourself? These are the questions I’ve been asking myself lately. The other day I had an extremely horrible day. So many small things kept going wrong and altogether I…

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How Can I Be Confident?

One of my biggest struggles as a leader is confidence. I question whether I am capable of being the kind of leader that Cultivate needs me to be, and whether I can live up to the challenges that are before me. I have this picture in my head that a change-maker, an entrepreneur or a…

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Be Ready for Change

I recently returned from a two week trip to Rwanda, where our partners Fred (Rwanda), Padox (Kenya), and Martinho (Mozambique) joined me for an intensive training focused on leadership, community development, and project sustainability. Our days were long, and by the end all of us were overwhelmed by how fantastic our time was together! Besides…

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