I went to my first jail at 16; the year was 1970. Picture a petite young women standing in front of an archetypal stone fortress, foreboding and unwelcoming. My resolve dissipates as I stand alone in the gray, oblong sally port awaiting the final lift of thick iron gates. The seconds seemed endless. Childhood flashbacks run amuck in my head…my mothers imprisonment in a fractured body, rebellious and gawky teenage years, and the odd luck of being both white and privileged. Once through the gate, personal reflection vanished; I was remarkably and perhaps inappropriately at ease. I was meant to be at the Bucks County Prison in Pennsylvania. That fateful day changed or should I say “charged” my life.

I was driven to jail—and metaphorically have never left it—due to the influence of three things: family, school, and the political upheaval of the late sixties and seventies.


There are very few new ideas or pure innovations. Most sustainable social change derives from a combination of use of self, collaboration, risk-taking, and creativity with healthy doses of humility and failure. Imagine if good ideas were able to morph into meaningful, sustainable and positive impact without the constraints of ownership? Imagine if workers and community residents collaborated jointly on problem-solving and shared in a change process. Now imagine if ownership and power were appropriately parsed. Given new technologies and globalization, these are growing realities. In the voice of Peiro Morosini, we can “create the future by imagining the unthinkable and delivering it”. (Title Page: Morosini, Piero; Seven Keys to Imagination; Marshall Cavendish Editions, U.K. 2010)

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