'm AN ADVOCATE TRAINER, Pharmaceutical Chemist, JOB CREATOR, and SOCIAL CHANGE agent: In the last 10 years I trained 39 Peer Recovery coaches, 9 Certified Peer Specialists, Helped coordinate 345 Resilience Messaging Events, and made Behavioral Health Recovery an Expectation for as many people as possible. I trained 240 sponsored artists/advocates, helped advocates make over 110 conference appearances, and had advocates increase their median advocate business revenue by 10 fold. My agency was the biggest asset-based community development funder of individual behavioral health advocates in the Central States. Our advocates gave 1747 hours of peer input into over 40 projects per year for over 4 years. I'm a JOB CREATOR: I wrote 106 grants and earned 22 of them, with ALL of them completed on time, on budget, and with ALL deliverables as promised. I pulled down over a million dollars of lifetime agency revenue, trained 19 staff people, and paid over 60 contractors per year for 5 years, with the top 20 advocates per year earning a median of $1,700 per year for freelance advocacy efforts.

Bike parking wars

One time I was talking to an mental health advocate friend who was caught up in a very nasty fight with the local mental health system. I told her, “You know the old saying about ‘sometimes you can win the battle but lose the war?’ Do you know which one you are fighting?” And how…

Floating and false idols

I just started reading the manual for Peter Block, the guy whose conference I’m attending Saturday. It says that we don’t need to look at things as problems at all, just for our own opportunities for commitment and accountability. He defines commitment as being willing to take actions without remuneration and accountability is being willing…

A Gift Not to Fear Conflict

This is one of the poems about my spiritual emergency that I’m starting now to generate: A Gift Not to Fear Conflict If I was a warrior healer poet entrepreneur and visionary, I’d forsee how we can build a way in the world where it’s safe to be Different. Ask questions, verify all the directions.…