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 www.arnoldadler.com).

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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Our Moral Obligation: Rebuild the Safety Ladder

With all the dialogue these past few weeks, I’ve been looking for a way to contextualize current events and frame our national discussion.  Clearly, talking about race in America is not easy, nor is discussing profiling, fear, hate, guns, reproductive … Continue reading

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Our communities need more music…always!

M-Bibe is a Seattle-based social enterprise connecting the community to local businesses, non-profit organizations, and musicians.  They are on Indiegogo right now to raise the resources necessary to expand their mission and vision.  The music is truly great, and if … Continue reading

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What is home to you?

Housing and health care may be the right and left Achilles Heels of the US economy.  But there is a C word that could serve as the antidote to both of them: community.  It takes an engaged community to pool … Continue reading

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Why I support TayaSola

Change starts with a vision, but a vision cannot come to life in a vacuum.  As a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, I spent most of my time doing one essential activity: developing relationships. I woke, greeted my villagers, learned … Continue reading

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Development at the Crossroads

Type in the words “Peace Corps Guilt” into a search engine, and you’ll find a post written by a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay.  Below that, you’ll see search results from people riffing on what she had to say, along … Continue reading

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