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A 40 Year Legacy: A Theology As Big As The City- Episode 40

Take a moment to listen to the latest episode of the City as Playground Podcast.

 

In this episode, Dave and Rick continue to discuss LF’s 40th anniversary and look back at key pieces of the LF theological framework. The conversation includes clips from Dr. Ray Bakke, a pivotal voice since LF’s early years, reflecting on why loving the city was not just important, but foundationally Christian. Listen here and send in any questions you would like answered to info@leadershipfoundations.org.

 

If you would like to hear more from Ray on this topic, click here to revisit Episode 9: Bible as Urban Book.

 


A 40 Year Legacy: The Founding Story- Episode 39

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In this episode, Dave and Rick continue their conversation about LF’s 40th anniversary. Together they discuss key moments, people, and ideas that contributed to the founding of the Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation in 1978. Complete with words from our founder Reid Carpenter, they look at how this moment in our history has continued to blossom in Pittsburgh and inspire the love and work of LF member cities around the world. Listen here and send in any questions you would like answered to info@leadershipfoundations.org.

 


Highway of Hope

Our members transform communities around the world by driving the LF wheel of change. This work was on clear display at a series of meetings in Nairobi in early March. Hosted by CTM Kenya, the Local Leadership Foundation, the time featured everything from board training to basketball clinics.

 

CTM Kenya was founded in 2006 by Gideon Ochieng with the mission of changing geography into community. One way they work toward this goal is the Highway of Hope (HOH) program in Kibera, East Africa’s largest informal settlement with a population of over 1 million people. As a part of the LF Global Youth Initiative, HOH seeks to bring hope and transform Kibera through basketball, mentoring, and educational opportunities for local youth.

 

The CTM Kenya team looked to the LF wheel of change to give them a framework to take on this large endeavor. They began by engaging leaders of good faith and good will across the city and shared the vision for HOH. The program would build the capacity of local leaders by providing them mentoring and basketball skills training. These leaders would then be able to deliver a robust joint initiative to local youth at the 16 courts that would be built in Kibera. The idea resonated with the community, government officials like Kenneth Okoth who is a member of the Kenyan Parliament and a lifelong resident of Kibera, the local Kibera Basketball Association, and principals of government and faith-based schools in the area.

 

Over the last few years, HOH has gained momentum. They have built courts and had diverse partners from around the world like the Jr. NBA, Texas A&M, and Athletes In Action join the work. Earlier this month, the partners came together to provide training to mentors and coaches, deliver programming to 140 athletes from Kibera, and connect the youth to other resources in the community.

 

Antony Maina, the Principal of Little Prince Primary School shared, “What makes basketball most important [for the youth] is the presence of an adult. They need a mentor, someone that can help them make correct choices. Someone who transmits not only a skill, but a way of life. Because, essentially, at the end of it all, it’s about how they live their life.”

 

That is the hope; that as CTM Kenya and other LLFs around the world drive the wheel of change, individual lives are transformed and communities like Kibera become more like playgrounds.

 

Click here to watch a short video about the Highway of Hope project.


A 40 Year Legacy- Episode 38

Take a moment to listen to the latest episode of the City as Playground Podcast.

 

In 2018, Leadership Foundations marks its 40th anniversary. In this episode, Dave and Rick discuss the importance of remembrance and set up our next podcast series which will explore significant events over the last 40 years that have brought us to where we are today and position the LF network for the next decades of impact. Listen here and send in any questions you would like answered to info@leadershipfoundations.org.

 


Eucharistic Leadership Review- Episode 37

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How does the Eucharist impact and shape leadership? In this episode, Dave and Rick look back on the last 10 months and our dive into the idea of Eucharistic leadership and its four movements- taken, blessed, broken, and given. Together they discuss the key questions and lessons that surfaced and the implications these have for our leadership and everyday lives.

 


Eucharistic Leadership: Given- Episode 36

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What is the purpose of being given and how does it impact leadership? In this episode, Dave and Rick talk with Jack Fortin, Chair of the Leadership Foundations Board and Senior Fellow at Augsburg College, about the importance of this action in Eucharistic leadership- being given for the sake of our community. They explore the idea of being given power so that we, individually and corporately, may give it away to others, thereby acting as servant leaders and establishing trustworthiness, which is central to giving.

 


Eucharistic Leadership Whispercast: Given- Episode 35

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How does power shape leadership? Can one lead without being in control? In this Whispercast, Dave and Rick dive into the fourth and final movement of Eucharistic Leadership, being given. Join them as they discuss how this notion can shape our leadership and move us to empower others. This sets up our next full-length episode where we will be joined by Jack Fortin, the Leadership Foundations Board Chair and Senior Fellow at Augsburg College. Listen here and send in any questions you would like answered to info@leadershipfoundations.org.

 


Eucharistic Leadership: Broken- Episode 34

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What if our identity is not wrapped up in getting it right or being perfect? In this episode, Dave and Rick talk with Kris Rocke (Executive Director of Street Psalms and LF Senior Associate) about his experience of the third movement of Eucharistic leadership, being broken. They dive into the experience of being broken and how our wounds can bear new seeds of life. This counter-intuitive movement is vital to transforming cities into playgrounds.

 


Coaching for Impact

“That which goes deepest to the heart goes farthest to the world.” – F. Dale Bruner

 

Bruner’s statement frames the efficacy of our Senior Associate strategy, 20 experienced leaders who mentor each of our members around what works. Last month we introduced you to one of these Senior Associates, Howard Eddings, who has worked in Memphis for over 30 years taking on systemic issues and developing holistic programs that create real impact. This work has been shaped by a heart that deeply cares for Memphis and desires to see it transformed.

 

Howard brought this passion and experience to his Senior Associate role and work with a person a long way from Memphis: Wilna de Beer, the President of the Tshwane Leadership Foundation (TLF) in Pretoria, South Africa. Founded in 1993, TLF is committed to modeling innovative social change and inclusion in the capital city of South Africa as they take on some of its most pressing issues from chronic illness to homelessness. As Wilna’s Senior Associate, Howard provides practical coaching and support- praying together, listening and discussing the opportunities and challenges in front of a mature organization like TLF. Through these monthly meetings, Howard connects Wilna to others in the LF network taking on similar issues and to key LF resources like the Stages of Impact Online Platform and LF Accreditation that are used to develop a custom plan to deepen impact in Pretoria.

 

Howard and Wilna’s story was repeated many times over this past year. To date, our 20 Senior Associates provided over 1,000 hours of personalized training in 2017 to our 42 members throughout the world. Read Street Lights next month to learn how your investment can empower Howard and Wilna and the rest of the LF network to continue to transform their cities and make them more like playgrounds.