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Trabian Shorters: Go That Way – Changing the Narrative of Black People through Asset Framing, Love, Power & Community

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How To Live More in Your Heart While Looking at Your Biases

Molly Caroll’s Wellness Podcast – Click to listen to the podcast I will never forget one cold and dark February morning getting chills from head to toe while listening to Krista Tippet interview Trabian Shorters on her podcast On Being. Trabian was describing his visionary concept of asset framing. From...
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Is centering Black love and joy the key to building a better society?

Leading social entrepreneur Trabian Shorters says you cannot build equity by denigrating those at the center of the equity conversation. Trabian Shorters, founder of the BMe Community, challenges us to rethink the power of narrative. He advocates for asset-framing — finding solutions that begin with people’s contributions — and warns...
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A Cognitive Skill to Magnify Humanity

On Being Podcast with Krista Tippett - Click to listen to the podcast Krista Tippett, host: My guest today is Trabian Shorters, a visionary who has seen and named a task that is necessary for all healing and building, for every vision and plan, whether in a family or a...
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Words matter, even when talking about those you hope to empower

Movements for racial and social equity cannot succeed as long as their members and supporters use stigmatizing language about the challenges they face, social entrepreneur Trabian Shorters said recently on the “Interfaith America with Eboo Patel” podcast. Even when the motivation is to support people, describing them as “homeless, disadvantaged,...
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Applying an Asset-Frame to Rural Economic Development

Think back to a recent grant proposal you wrote to a funder, a presentation you delivered to a board of directors, or a conversation you had with colleagues about a project. If you work in the field of community and economic development, chances are you may have used terms like “at-risk...
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Why Must I Relive My Deepest Trauma to Convince Donors to Fund My Organization?

Imagine how it would feel if the work you loved compelled you to repeatedly go to your darkest place of pain. Imagine fighting back tears and anxiety attacks every time you were asked to relive your greatest trauma. Imagine your heart beating so fast you felt certain it would jump...
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BMe Community Announces $230,000 in Grants for 23 BMe Vanguard Awardees

As the Juneteenth holiday celebration of Black culture approaches, nonprofit BMe Community announces awards to 23 remarkable Black leaders whom they call BMe Vanguards. The award is given to Black people whose service and leadership have earned them the respect and trust of their communities. Each awardee is admitted into...
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BMe Welcomes 45 New ‘Vanguards’ of the Next Black Narrative

  Black business, philanthropy, and media leaders recognized for commitment to building black equity without stereotyping or stigmatizing black people   This Black Business and Black Philanthropy Month, 45 remarkable Black leaders have been named "Vanguards for the Next Narrative for Black America." This prestigious honor is part of a...
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