Confessions of a mediator

By Doug Nathan I have a confession and I hope you won’t think less of me for it.  I’ve never been much of a football fan. But living in Seattle it’s hard not to get pulled into the excitement surrounding the Seahawks. A friend, who felt sorry about my abject ignorance of the game and…

Serving public servants and broken systems

By Steven Thomson I don’t work directly with the public. My customers are people who work in local government. I serve public servants – and it brings me joy and satisfaction. I’m a Lean consultant. That means I facilitate workshops where people get to step back from their work, name the good they create, figure…

Witnessing perseverance and resilience

By Kayla Blau There is never a dull moment at our shelter and transitional housing program. Mothers dot our waiting room, oftentimes on hour-long holds with DSHS or their pro-bono lawyer. Kids zip down the hallway and swing from our dated play structure. New families arrive with nothing but the clothes on their back and…

Snapshot of Public Health

By Caroline Aaron “Please, and excuse me,” he says. “She wants to know how long the chickens have been wrapped in shrouds.” I live for these questions, because they slide me out of my linear rhetoric about the WIC Program and all its’ benefits, and compel my mind to race through the catalogues of everything…

Yearning

I want to be the best leader I can be.  I have a strong yearning, deep from within my soul, to be part of a change that improves our world.  And yet, when it comes to vision, this is truly where I have been struggling recently. I have a difficult time seeing that we will…

Welcome and belonging

I was sitting across from a panel of four interviewers as they took turns to ask me questions about why I should be hired as a management auditor at the King County Auditor’s Office. When it was the turn of county auditor Kymber Waltmunson to ask me a question, she took the time to explain…