29 04, 2017

Strategies for Decision Making: When is “Good Enough” Better than “Best”?

Implementation Science, Strategic Planning, Unconsultants|

Jill Iman, Director of Evaluation, Research and Implementation Science at Joining Vision and Action

This story, with implications for decision making strategies (I promise), begins last weekend when I finally gave into a longing that had been building for, dare I say, a few years—I was going to buy some “nicer” patio furniture. Upon committing myself to the act of purchasing some new deck chairs, I informed my husband that among our m

27 04, 2017

Political Polarization in America

Fundraising, Grantwriting, Policy and advocacy|

Lisa Cirincione, Senior Resource Development Associate at Joining Vision and Action

Lately, I am at a complete loss about how the “other side” can justify the rightness of many of their actions to themselves and other people. For example, I catch myself thinking things like: “How can people actually believe it’s a good thing to allow insurers to charge more to people with pre-existing conditions, which will limit their ability t

24 04, 2017

Changemaker Profile: Ben Levek

Blog, Changemaker Profiles, Changemakers, Unconsultants|

This week, we speak with Ben Levek, grants manager for the Denver Department of Human Services (DHS). Ben is noted for his passion for his work, entrepreneurial thinking and systemic look at social change.

1. Tell us about you and the social change you are trying to achieve within the structure of a government agency.

“As grants manager, I have an opportunity and a passion to impro

20 04, 2017

Tips for “Having the Talk”

Advocacy and Action, Blog, Changemakers, Community engagement, Tools for Changemakers, Unconsultants|

Silvia Solis, Qualitative Research and Evaluation Associate at Joining Vision and Action

How to Speak with Someone on the Other Side of the Political Spectrum

Conversations are complex human dynamics at all levels. A casual interaction with a passing stranger at the grocery store, small talk with a new colleague at work, and a heated discussion with family at the dinner table are all communication exchanges that re

19 04, 2017

Pay it Forward – Website Development Training

Blog, Changemakers, Marketing & Communications, Tools for Changemakers, Training, Unconsultants|

John Connelly, President & Founder at Sensus Media

I won’t waste your time with a long post that highlights all the benefits of learning coding fundamentals or use the cliché ‘you have to try this’ spiel. No. Instead, I’m going to share an anecdote with you.

Almost 10 years ago, I was a fairly recent college graduate living in California who got smacked in the face by the 2008 Great Recession. I was engaging, eager and enthusiastic, but

17 04, 2017

Changemaker Profile: Joel Newton

Blog, Changemaker Profiles, Changemakers, Unconsultants|

This week, we speak with Joel Newton, executive director of Edgewater Collective, a nonprofit that seeks to cultivate partnerships to “foster thriving Edgewater families, schools and community” using a collective impact perspective.

1. Tell us about you and your organization and the social change you are trying to achieve.

“I started Edgewater Collective four years ago as a dad of two daughters who attend our neighborhood

10 04, 2017

Changemaker Profile: Lillie Ben

Blog, Changemaker Profiles, Changemakers, Unconsultants|

This week, we speak with Lillie Ben, founder and CEO of Women Warrior Vision, a small nonprofit that works to equip women veterans with the financial and business skills necessary for them to thrive economically and socially upon returning from service. Lillie also serves on the board of Asian Pacific Development Center.

1. Tell us about you and the social change you are trying to achieve with your nonprofit.

“Statistics have shown that

7 04, 2017

The Science of Resistance: A Vibrant Forum on Effective Advocacy, Organizing and Conversations

Advocacy and Action, Blog, Changemakers, Policy and advocacy, Social Enterprise, Tools for Changemakers, Unconsultants|

On March 8, Joining Vision and Action (JVA) welcomed guests and panelists to the latest “Conversations that Matter” event at JVA offices, 2465 Sheridan Blvd. in Edgewater. Conversations that Matter is a series of salon-style forums hosted jointly by JVA and Social Enterprise Alliance on the second Wednesday of every month, enabling deep-dive conversations on important, current issues. The subject this evening was The Science of Resistance: exploring what science tells us about how we ca

4 04, 2017

Changemaker Profile: Turner Wyatt

Blog, Changemaker Profiles, Changemakers, Unconsultants|

This week, we spoke with Turner Wyatt, executive director of Denver Food Rescue, “a health equity nonprofit that uses a bicycle-based delivery system to increase the nutritional value in the emergency food assistance system.” Turner also recently co-founded Goodness Groceries/Bondadosa, a social enterprise focused on increasing access to affordable, healthy food by delivering wholesale-priced groceries di

31 03, 2017

The Affordable Care Act: An Employer’s Perspective

Blog, Policy and advocacy, Reports and Publications, Tools for Changemakers|

Marshall Vanderburg, Director of Operations at Joining Vision and Action

With increased public discussion regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA), one important element easily overlooked is the role employers have in providing health insurance. Conversely, ACA’s effect for employees deciding whether to take advantage of employer-