Author Archives: MikeG

About MikeG

I am an affordable housing developer and consultant. I build bridges to create compassionate, diverse communities. When we resolve conflicts, we strengthen our understanding of best practices toward collective well-being. I combine the value of inclusion with strategic planning, research skills that develop links from the seemingly unlinkable, and a passion for our interconnected lives to draft plans that succeed (photo by

Refugees 101

One of my friends who works extensively with refugees recently outlined the background check process. This info is also available on the State Department website. In the spirit of this blog, I hope to cultivate bridges through transparent, non-partisan information. … Continue reading

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Be Radically Curious

At a recent holiday party, a friend described today’s mood as one where it is vital to be radically curious. There are so many unknowns, so many possible ways for events to unfold, so many different roles to play and … Continue reading

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Nothing comes from nothing

It has been far too long since I’ve written in this space.  Granted, a lot happened in the past ten months, but the events of the last few weeks demonstrate that history is at a crossroads. We are more globally … Continue reading

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The Human Toll of an Anemic Recovery

Late last week, a friend shared with me an article from the Seattle Weekly, “A Letter to the Investor Buying Our Apartment Building.” Sadly, this emotionally charged piece is a common story, although it is a story rarely told. Our … Continue reading

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On Breathing

The words I Can’t Breathe seem quite simple on the surface. Who could have predicted that these words would come to define a moment, perhaps a movement, to close out the year 2014? Anyone who has ever struggled to breathe, … Continue reading

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Not just another thirteen orbits

I have to admit with a bit of embarrassment that it wasn’t until I fired up my “digital oracle” this morning that I realized today was another 9/11 anniversary. Lucky 13th. I remember clearly where I was and what I … Continue reading

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On Truth and Reconciliation – Thank you, Madiba

I lived in Cape Town, South Africa for six months nearly 10 years after the end of Apartheid as part of a study abroad program focused on the cultural and political transformation of the city.  Cape Town and South Africa … Continue reading

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