Planning & Providing for the Future
Topher Delaney & Calvin Chin
Philosophy is foundational to the work of landscape artists Topher Delaney and Calvin Chin. “In scope and scale, their broad range of installations serve as dynamic physical evidence of a visual + spiritual + cultural literacy integrating wonderful exemplars of horticulture and transformative cyclic aspects of nature with distinctive specific cultural linguistic narratives.”
We turn to our gardens for beauty, to create something, to put our hands in the earth and reconnect to the cycles of life. Now more than ever, when our homes are truly our sanctuaries, our gardens may take on even greater importance for respite, inspiration and hope.
Topher Delaney, in conjunction with her partner, Calvin Chin, will give an encore talk to Wednesday Morning Dialogue on Wednesday, June 10, via Zoom. Topher and Calvin will discuss their philosophy of optimism – “We have faith in a future … and so we plant for others to prosper” -- show off some of their projects – “gardens of three-dimensional fine art/horticulture/literature” – and answer your gardening questions, too.
(For visual reference, you have probably seen their transformative, whimsical landscape installation at Cost Plus Plaza/Trader Joe’s on Redwood Highway in Larkspur.)
Topher Delaney applied her degree in philosophy/art history from Barnard College to a landscape architecture degree at U.C. Berkeley. She then dug in and began creating site-specific garden installations around the Bay Area. With partner Calvin Chin, Topher has established the Virgie Giles Foundation, a 501(c)3 aimed to develop tangible policies of benefit in three areas:
Our June gathering will be conducted virtually through Zoom due to the current shelter-in-place restrictions. Please watch for a Zoom meeting invitation via email in the days prior to the June 10 meeting.
North American Epic –
Biking from the Arctic Ocean to the Panama Canal
Is anyone longing for an outdoor adventure? (We thought so.) Then join us via Zoomon Wednesday, May 13, when adventuress Corinne Burt will tantalize us with stories and photos of an epic bicycle trip that led her from the Arctic Ocean to the Panama Canal.
In the winter of 2018-19, Corinne was living and working in Bend, Oregon, when a late-season blizzard snowed her in for four days. While bored and surfing the Internet, she came across an international bicycle touring company (TDA Global Cycling) that offers off-the-beaten-path cycling tours all over the planet. TDA was offering a supported bicycle tour from North to South through nine countries in North America. Corinne signed up.
Born and raised on the East Coast, Corinne moved to California for college and graduate school and never looked back. After an unsatisfying five-year stint practicing law in San Francisco, Corinne worked as a horse trainer and horsemanship instructor in Sonoma and the East Bay for 20 years. Most recently, Corinne has worked as a real estate professional in California and Oregon.
In addition to her professional pursuits, Corinne has taken numerous courses at the United Bicycle Institute in Ashland, Oregon. She knows just enough about bicycles to be dangerous.
Our May gathering will be conducted virtually through Zoom due to the current shelter-in-place restrictions. Please watch for a Zoom meeting invitation via email in the days prior to the May 13 meeting.
The Roadmap to Latino Prosperity
Mara Perez, PhD
Founder and Principal
The upcoming Census 2020 calls attention to the changing demographics of California and the United States. California is now considered a “majority-minority” state, one in which Whites are fewer than 50 percent of the population and traditional minorities make up more than half. Of those minorities, Latinos represent the largest component. In fact, Latinos are projected to represent nearly 30 percent of the total U.S. population between 2050-2060.
What does this mean for our national economy, prosperity, and political and business leadership? We welcome Dr. Mara Perez to help us understand these demographic shifts and their impacts.
Dr. Perez is Founder and Principal of Latino Futures, a consulting and think-tank project focused on fostering Latino success and prosperity as a means of assuring America’s future success and prosperity. Her strategic program, entitled “The Roadmap to Latino Prosperity,” creates a framework to build Latino socio-economic prosperity, arguing that this is a national imperative as the population undergoes dramatic racial and ethnic shifts over the coming decades.
Dr. Perez earned a PhD in Sociology from the University of Chicago. She is a Research Fellow at Dominican University of California concentrating on Latino entrepreneurship, and at LeaderSpring Center, focusing on leadership in the non-profit sector and women of color in the tech sector. Her publications have appeared in many prestigious books and journals, including the Stanford Social Innovation Review and Latin Business Today. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Marin Health Center (formerly Marin General Hospital).
Please join us on March 11 for Dr. Perez’s talk describing how we can imagine and create a prosperous future for the nation by investing in the Latino community.
Why a Law Enforcement Chaplain?
Reverend Jan Heglund
Chaplain, San Rafael Police Department
and San Francisco Division of the FBI
What sparks a passion for pastoral service in the context of police enforcement? And what drives it for 25 years?
Reverend Jan Heglund will join us on February 12 to talk about her extraordinary career in chaplaincy for Bay Area law enforcement and service groups, including her current roles as Chaplain for the San Rafael Police Department and the San Francisco Division of the FBI.
Reverend Jan was ordained at Grace Cathedral in 1994. Over the years, she served at churches in Mill Valley and Sausalito. Law enforcement caught her interest in 1995, when she began as Chaplain for the San Rafael Police Department.
She served at 9/11 and was the chaplain at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. In 2001, she was a founding member of the First Responders Support Network, a retreat for law enforcement personnel who are suffering from PTSA.
She also helped to found Project Grace, an organization that supports women who have lost a child.
She was recently called to help at the Gilroy mass shooting.
Reverend Jan has received many, many awards and honors. Among them are the Outstanding Clergy of the Year Award from NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) in 2010; the Making a Difference for Women Award from Marin Soroptimists in 2008; the Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award (2013); and the Marin Women’s Hall of Fame, YWCA.
Thinking about Growing Your Posse?
Setting our Sights on Friendship in 2020
Facilitated by Alice Cochran
From time to time, we all find ourselves looking around for new friends. We may have moved. Or retired. Or gotten a divorce or become widowed.
It turns out that researchers actually study this topic. Surveys show that loneliness and social isolation here in the United States and around the world are on the rise. We feel vulnerable, even asking ourselves the question, ‘How can I make new friends?’. It turns out, though, that there are some tried-and-true ways to find new friends. And we can employ these methods again and again throughout our lives.
We were inspired by KQED’s Bay Curious podcast from August 2019 titled, “How to Find New Friends”, and Michael Krasny’s FORUM program (9/13/19) on the same topic.
In the spirit of the new year and new beginnings, please join us on January 8, 2020, for a facilitated dialogue on the topic of making new friends. Please take 13 minutes to listen to the podcast (linked above – or read the summary, also linked) as pre-work for the meeting. It’s short and lighthearted – we think you’ll enjoy it.
Professional facilitator Alice Cochran will lead our dialogue on friendship. She has been a “Meeting Maven” for more than 25 years, serving as a consultant to plan interactive formats and facilitate meetings for various organizations. Until recently, Alice was the Director of Student Leadership Development for the Institute for Leadership Studies in the Barowsky School of Business at Dominican University. She is the author of Roberta’s Rules of Order and a self-published QuickStart Guide to customize and implement “Roberta’s Rules.” Her passion is sailing small and tall ships.