The Modern Revolutionary: Deborah Frieze

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Meet The Modern Revolutionary Deborah Frieze

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Deborah Frieze is an author, entrepreneur and social activist. In 2013, she founded the Boston Impact Initiative, an impact investing fund focused on economic justice, which means investing in opportunity for all people—especially those most oppressed or abandoned by our current economic system—to lead a dignified and productive life. The fund takes an integrated capital approach, combining investing, lending and grantmaking to build a resilient and inclusive local economy.

Deborah’s focus on resilience began during her tenure as co-president of The Berkana Institute, where she worked to support pioneering leaders who were walking out of organizations and systems that were failing to contribute to the common good—and walking on to build resilient communities. These leaders are the subject of her award-winning book, Walk Out Walk On: A Learning Journey into Communities Daring to Live the Future Now, co-authored with Margaret Wheatley.

After writing Walk Out Walk On, Deborah decided to build an urban learning center modeled after the pioneering leaders she wrote about. In August 2013, she founded the Old Oak Dojo in Jamaica Plain, MA, an event center dedicated to racial justice and a place where neighbors gather to rediscover how to create healthy and resilient communities.

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On Kale and Daughters

I am staring at the Kale.

And the Kale is staring back.

When it was a seed ? small and full of potential ? it needed me to coax it from it’s confining shell out to a wide-open world of possibility.

Now, it’s life is largely its own. Sun and water feed it

and it grows nearly perceptibly in front of my eyes.

Always reaching towards the sun

I assist nowadays, but mostly does the work without me.

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For Example

If you are wondering if you are ready for the big adventure ahead.

 

Let me report form the edges of competence

 

It’s a dangerous ledge with risks of may even be fatal.

 

But, let me be an example

 

I have survived all the consequences of my mistakes

 

? serious as some have been.

 

Let the voice in your head keep you humbly honest

 

And believe me when I tell you:

 

None of us are hitting mark all the time.

 

Attend to the details of your desires and try your best to be a good example.

 

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The Modern Revolutionary: Roza Ferdowsmakan

The Modern Revolution

Episode #1

Meet The Modern Revolutionary Roza Ferdowsmakan.

Show Notes:

roza ferdowsmakan is a tech founder and slow food enthusiast who seeks to normalize farm-to-table for everyone, everywhere. she’s the founder of bites, a free mobile app that connects foodies (those seeking to taste their way through life and open to world cuisines) with local chefs, such as home cooks, culinary students, and professional chefs, for in-home, farm-to-table dining experiences, with ingredients sourced from local growers. these local growers include urban farms, micro farms, co-ops, community gardens, backyard gardens, and family-owned small farms.
bites is a tool that facilitates an ecosystem where all of the participants benefit. what’s in it for foodies, chefs, and local farms? for foodies, bites is about culinary adventures at all budgetary levels, so that more socio-economic levels can participate in farm-to-table. for foodies, it’s also about celebrating diversity through the various cultures and cuisines that come into foodies’ homes, and it’s about community building. for the culinary talent on the app, it’s about economic empowerment (jobs) – these home cooks, culinary students, and professional chefs generate an income with zero overhead, while setting their own pricing, availability and menus. for the local farms, it’s about visibility and support. bites is interested in sending chefs and foodies alike direct to local growers, increasing their profits and decreasing their waste, while diverting from landfills.
bites can be downloaded from the app store or google play onto your phone. visit www.bites.mobi to learn more, check out whose talked about bites in the press, and follow us on our social media links.
with gratitude,
roza ferdowsmakan
founder

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A Well Run Life’s Podcast: My Last Card

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I am crying.

Two seconds ago, I was a middle-aged man planning his day over an Americano.

Then, I get a text from my cousin.

I am not crying quiet ? dignified-like.

My nose is running and I am thanking god the bill is already paid.

On the way to the car, I compose myself.

The week is chock-full of the type of news you carry in your belly.

In what appears to be a moment of calm, I call my boss.

I report to him that I won’t really be myself today.

And then

As if to prove the point

I start to cry again.

 

A Well Run Life’s Podcast: Chicken Eggs

 

I am standing in front of a steaming pile.

It’s taller than I am, and so I get to work. I am raking and shoveling the mulch delivered to Grace Farms with the discipline of an army ant.

It’s about 6:30 AM ? my morning farm shift ?

As I shovel deeper into the pile of chipped trees, the heat is obvious.

The tree was upright, then it wasn’t.

The tree was alive, then it wasn’t.

And again ? it is one thing becoming another.

The morning shifts are short, the responsibilities of day have no pause button for my messy farm project.

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House Marks

The desert winter can be harsh.

There are times when it I so wicked one is compelled to put their socks on.

Since I am a tough guy, I am going without socks this morning. Out into the garage I step to retrieve the almond milk for this morning’s Americano, and I am stabbed with a razor sharp ice pick straight to my bone.

Ok ? perhaps that over states the moment

I stepped on a scorpion who met the assault with a sting on the bottom of my middle toe.

A scorpion sting is some sort of poison that is basically a cross between Cobra venom and Agent Orange. And for weeks I can trace the nerve that leads from my big toe to somewhere just below my ass.

Because that little bastard lit up that neural pathway like so much napalm.

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DM’s Triumph

It is an hour after Thanksgiving dinner.

Family traditions throttle the pace of any high holiday ? national or religious.

I am currently throttling my 13 year-old nephew on the nearest basketball court in a post-turkey dinner game of HORSE.

In my family, you won every contest against an adult until you were a certain age. The victories may have been assured, but every adult made in feel authentic. They would wince under the weight of the child’s crushing strategic genius on a game board, cry tears of frustration as the little one dribbles a soccer ball mercilessly or yet another goal, and howl under the pain of the kid’s wrestling

I can still remember thinking:

I am clearly a genius!

I am an unstoppable force of nature in mind and body – the worlds of both Checkers, soccer and wrestling never witnessed such brilliance until the beginning of my reign.

And so we launch you out into the world with the notion you are unstoppable.

This Golden Era of your Life lasts until you are about 4 and half ? maybe 5.

Then

? and perhaps it is the lingering influence of the Catholic Church or the immigrant experience or simply a desire not to raise spoiled brats ?

The Adults in the family crush the kids in every possible contest that occurs.

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Rockin’ The House

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I am 20 and playing lead guitar.

 

I am by far the worst musician in the band.

 

They likely would have been a house-hold name if they had not been saddled with me.

 

We played together for a year, and thank god You Tube had not been invented – my children would not survive the embarrassment.

 

BUT

 

There was this one gig. We were wedged between two head banging acts – but the crowd had a few friendly faces

 

And out there.

 

for one night

 

we rocked the house.

 

And I was a rock-n-roller

 

Or at least that was my experience of it.

 

27 years later I am on Grace Farms.

 

We are throwing a party

– a dinner

– an event.

 

I am  – by far ? the least important person in the execution of

 

I safely report to you: we rocked the house.

 

Seriously.

 

It was awesome.

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