by Poonam Dreyfus-Pai, Senior Manager of Network Building and Engagement
Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about relationships: who we are within them, how they shape our growth, our work, and our connection to community. This is partially because I am recently part of a new one - in March, my partner and I welcomed our baby, Anaya Dreyfus-Pai. As she’s grown from squishy newborn to an alert infant with distinct needs and wants, my relationships to her, my partner, my family, and my community continue to evolve. Her presence has required us to re-assess our roles, our expectations, the ways in which we communicate, and the things that we need from each other to stay healthy and happy.
What if we regularly spent time making art? This is one of the many questions we asked ourselves and you at the Innovation Convening last month, where we introduced a new art action around our theme of love, sex, family and community. We asked attendees to write down the burning, important questions they have around each of these themes, to share these questions, and then make art around their questions.
Whether you joined us at our first Innovation Convening or not earlier this month, we hope you'll enjoy just some of our highlights from the two-day program bringing together nearly 100 people in innovation and collaboration, for the the future of the movement. Read more:
Since January, 16 people have been working in small teams to explore, test and implement solutions to complex, reproductive movement issues with support and resources through CoreAlign’s new Innovation Lab.
These teams have identified the movement-level problem they wish to solve, and have self-organized a collaborative design challenge, including identifying “how might we” questions, hypotheses, prototypes and pivots.
Next week, these teams will share what they’ve learned five months into their six-month design challenge at our inaugural Innovation Convening. Here are some highlights of each team and the process:
by Sujatha Jesudason, Executive Director
On Saturday, April 30, I will begin a four month sabbatical to replenish my reserves and creativity.
This event is an exciting (and slightly nerve-racking) milestone for me and for CoreAlign. Four years since founding CoreAlign, and years with two start-ups before that, I’ve learned that I am missing my joy and running on fumes. At the same time, our programs are stabilizing and expanding with amazing internal leadership in ways that make this sabbatical possible. As we’ve planned for this time, it has been thrilling and reassuring to intentionally transfer the vision, strategies and DNA of CoreAlign to others in the organization, and it has been a great opportunity for them to step up and broaden their leadership.
We’re in the process of migrating all our blog posts to our brand new website over the next month. In the meantime, please enjoy the selection of some of our most popular and most recent posts already here. Thank you!