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Ron’s thirty year involvement in social change philanthropy was incubated in the crucible of southern civil rights struggles during his youth in Columbus, Georgia and college anti-war activism in the Mid-West. His work for the Catholic Church at the Diocesan and National levels began his career in community based social change, and led to his involvement in philanthropy. This new focus saw him exercise leadership at every level within the field of grantmaking. Since starting Building Utopia Consulting, LLC in 2004, the majority of Ron’s work has focused on promoting and evaluating bottom-up strategies involving community engagement and ending in policy and institutional change. His experience with foundations has led to a strong understanding of community organizing and a variety of community-based economic development strategies.
Ron recently served as interim director for Southern Partners Fund, a regional fund governed by and for rural community organizations.
His professional and consulting work with and for grantmakers has encompassed the full variety of foundations: private, religious grantmakers, family foundations, individual donors, and public charities. His twenty-five years of work in foundations have included positions as program officer, senior program officer, program director, executive director and board trustee. Since 2004, through his consulting services, he has assisted foundations and funding “collaboratives”, with program planning, evaluations, organizational and leadership development, board training, and a variety of other personalized services.
Ron holds an M.A in Comparative Religion, from Miami University, Ohio, and has graduate work in Administrative Leadership at University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Ron is married with two adult children, is an adventurous eater and a lover of the performing arts.
Promoting Education and the Welfare of Kids Through Judicial Leadership and Collaboration
Across the country we are seeking ways to create better outcomes for at-risk youth. There are juvenile court judges who have have used their leadership roles to help foster collaborations to address problems in the juvenile justice system that contribute to high drop out rates, over incarceration, and disproportionate minority contact. These multidisciplinary collaboratives involve many stakeholders such as schools, law enforcement, prosecutors, courts, and members of the community. Judges have a unique and critical role in ensuring that each child has access to fair, equal and effective justice. This role not on occurs in the courtroom but through advocacy and engagement activities. On this Spotlight on Youth, guests will discuss the intersection of judicial leadership and collaboration and how policies, practices, and projects are being implemented to increase public safety and assist youth who either face or are already involved in the juvenile justice system.
Steven R. Gold, County Attorney, Henderson County, KY
Hon. Steven C. Teske, Chief Judge, Clayton County Juvenile Court, GA
Hon. Robert K. Wiederstein, District Court Judge, Henderson County, KY
Collaborating artists Wendy DesChene and Jeff Schmuki created PlantBot Genetics, a parody company that satirically looks at the possible evolution of plant species due to the consequences of modern agricultural practices, including GMO’s. The artists create public interventions featuring their hybrid, robotic plants, including ‘Monsantra,” through the PlantBot Art Lab, an eighteen-foot trailer they converted into an off-grid, mobile exhibition space and classroom; the Greenhouse Field Lab, a solar powered portable green house ‘laboratory” for site-specific education and experimentation; and gallery and museum shows. PlantBot has been displayed around the U.S. and the world, including in Egypt and Austria. The artists have been in residence at the McColl Center in North Carolina and the Hafnarborg Art Center in Iceland, and will create projects at the Landscape Laboratory at Buitenwerkplaats, Amsterdam and the KulttuuriKauppila Art Center in Finland.
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This conference call builds on the FTC approach related to advanced practice --– how do we get advanced practice nursing organizations to support FTC research on collaboration?
And, we covered changes in Texas law. Texas and a number of other states have attempted to adopt legislation which would allow exemptions of health care collaborative from antitrust law. Under senate bill 8, state-certified healthcare collaboratives comprised of hospitals, physicians and other providers would be exempt from state and federal antitrust laws. The way these laws have been structured, they could be used to keep advanced practice nurses from pursuing practice arrangements within the ACO structure, although federal law and regulation has be structured to incorporate APNs into this delivery arrangement.
Join Sharifah as she discusses the vision for the city of Compton with Aja Brown. Aja Brown is campaigning for Mayor of Compton in the 2013 campaign.
Aja has dedicated her career to initiating change in disadvantaged communities. She is a strategic visionary focused on progress and has built a legacy of developing and implementing public policies to facilitate guided growth and protect community assets.
Throughout her career, she has fought for transparency, collaboration and community involvement. She has developed community empowerment boards, business-to-business collaboratives, and employment development programs. Aja has also formulated policies that ensure residents are incorporated into every aspect of the development process, as a result of public investment into private projects.
Aja has a passion for serving and developing young people. She has mentored youth throughout her life. Aja and her husband Van are youth directors of Faith Inspirational’s Explosive Youth Department where they actively mentor, counsel and train Compton’s youth to become confident leaders with integrity, passion, and vision. Aja believes the youth are the key to true community revival.
Aja is married to her best friend of 13 years Van Brown, a Petrochemical Safety Manager and Co-Youth Director of Faith Inspirational M.B.C located in Compton, CA.
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Visit: www.VisionforCompton.org for more information on Aja Brown
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It surely began with Adam and Eve: two distinct genders behaving in very different ways. Two separate ways of giving. Women have always given of course, but today they are giving their money as well as their time. Why? Because not only are women throwing off the old stereotypes of women and philanthropy, they are taking control of their finances—their lives–and acting independently. Women in the media have championed these changes. The outcomes of the women’s philanthropy movement are enormous. Research will continue to institutionalize the movement. The ways women give will become the norm for all philanthropy. Best of all, women will see to it that their gifts will make the world a better place.
Author, Sondra Shaw-Hardy, J.D., was described by Town and Country magazine as “the pioneer” in women’s philanthropy.
Visualizing the growth of women’s philanthropy, Sondra chaired the first national meeting on the subject, Women and Philanthropy: A National Agenda, in 1993 at the Johnson Foundation, Wingspread.
Envisioning the need to take the women's philanthropy message to a national audience, in 1991 co-author Martha Taylor co-founded, with Sondra Shaw-Hardy, the Women's Philanthropy Institute.
Co-author Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz has particular expertise in the development and growth of donor collaboratives, women's giving and promotion of philanthropy efforts.
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On the Wednesday, January 4th 2011 program at 11AM Pacific and 1PM Central Time, my special guest commentator is noted author, speaker and consultant William DeMarco, see: http://www.pendulumhealth.com/. DeMarco is the President & CEO of DeMarco & Associates, Inc., a national, independent healthcare consulting firm specializing in healthcare delivery system redesign and transformation. Recognized as a leader in the research , design and implementation of community based healthplans since his involvement in several startup health plans in Minnesota in the early 1970s Bill and his team of management consultants clinical specialists and reimbursement analysts have assisted employers and physicians in developing better relationships with insurers up to and including developing local solutions to deliver and finance care. Using Health Services Research from its affiliate Pendulum HealthCare Development Corporation, DeMarco and Associates assists both provider and employer clients in addressing prospective payment approaches in order to build Pay for Performance models to develop direct employer/provider contracting entities, benchmarking collaboratives. DeMarco has just published the timely release of 'Performance-Based Medicine: Creating the High Performance Network to Optimize Managed Care Relationships'. We'll discuss this and more in the health care reform and provider managed competition theater.
On the Wednesday, March 2rd 2011 program at 11AM Pacific and 1PM Central Time, my special guest commentator is noted author, speaker and consultant William DeMarco, see: http://www.pendulumhealth.com/. DeMarco is the President & CEO of DeMarco & Associates, Inc., a national, independent healthcare consulting firm specializing in healthcare delivery system redesign and transformation. Mr DeMarco is recognized as a leader in the research , design and implementation of community based healthplans. Since his involvement in several startup health plans in Minnesota in the early 1970s Bill and his team of management consultants clinical specialists and reimbursement analysts have assisted employers and physicians in developing better relationships with insurers up to and including developing local solutions to deliver and finance care. Using Health Services Research from its affiliate Pendulum HealthCare Development Corporation, DeMarco and Associates assists both provider and employer clients in addressing prospective payment approaches in order to build Pay for Performance models to develop direct employer/provider contracting entities, benchmarking collaboratives under the new value purchasing legislation as well as single specialty centers of excellence. Mr. DeMarco is a well-known author having written or contributed to over a dozen books on managed care topics. He holds a master’s degree in organizational development from DePaul University. He a past faculty member of Loyola Law School’s graduate program and was recently awarded the Follomer Bronze award from the Healthcare Financial Management Association for his outstanding service and contributions to HFMA chapters and members. He is a regular presenter for such audiences as Medical Group Management Association, HFMA, VHA, AHA, Quorum, NMHCC and AHIP. Please join us for an informative exchange!