The Raiders begin their 2019 season just like they did a year ago, hosting the back end of Monday Night Football’s Week 1 doubleheader, this time against the Broncos.Denver will trot out Joe Flacco as their quarterback for the first time. Who will try to sack him remains a mystery, but the Raiders are sure to answer that question, in part, with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft a week from Thursday.Some tidbits from the Raiders’ 2019 schedule:The Raiders play five straight games …
by Bob Bertsch, MFLN Network Literacy, [email protected] you ever had one of those moments when you realize, “I’ve been thinking about this all wrong!”? That’s what was going through my mind as I listened to Tuesday Ryan Hart and Tim Merry’s keynote presentation at the recent North Central Leadership Conference, hosted by Michigan State University Extension. As Tuesday and Tim shared their knowledge and experiences, I kept thinking, “Yeah but what about…” and “That might work for you, but it would never work in my organization….” In the midst of this resistance, I remembered something from Adrienne Maree Brown’s beautiful book, Emergent Strategy, “Just at least consider that the place where you are wrong might be the most fertile ground for connecting with and receiving others.” So I embraced “being wrong,” stopped my imaginary sparring and began to receive what they were saying.Hart and Merry were presenting on their shared work model, an important tool in understanding how meaningful shared work happens.Shared Work Model by Tuesday Ryan-HartThe model hinges on the idea that the work is the most important thing. In a network or community that intends to do collective work or take collective action, everything we do is focused on helping us continue the work.“We do not need agreement on what we want to become or achieve to get started, we just need to get started and stay connected as we move,” – Tim Merry in “We don’t need purpose, shared work is enough.”This challenges how I’ve thought about collective work. I’ve been thinking of network building as a progression: people connect with each other, they align around a shared purpose or interest, then they produce work together. I think this is still a helpful guide, but, as Hart and Merry pointed out, finding a shared purpose or vision is not a prerequisite for doing the work.Shared purpose is really hard to reach and can leave some voices marginalized. We often insist on shared purpose too early and leave some people out. Attempting to agree on the cause of a problem and what to do about it holds us back from doing work.I wonder if this is exactly why organizations exist. Only a small subset of people affected by or interested in an issue can come to consensus on a shared purpose and a course of action. That subset creates a structure to protect their purpose from influence from those who differ. By creating something that people can be included in, they also create a way to exclude people who disagree.Rather than seeking a shared purpose as a prerequisite for work, we need to find alignment through our work together. The Shared Work model offers 5 ways we can do that.Relationship as Resolution – It is our personal connections with each other that keeps us working together even when we disagree. When we nurture our relationships with each other, we can truly see each other even when we are feeling angry or hurt.Inquiry as Answer – Most collective work focuses on complex issues, because they cannot be addressed by any one person or organization alone. Complex issues resist answers because they are made up of smaller, intertwined problems, they span different systems and they exist in ever-changing environments. So it makes sense that asking questions, rather than focusing on answers, is a better approach to working on these issues.All Levels All the Time – The issue may be dealt with on one level, but we need to understand that all levels are engaged in the issue all of the time. This is a way of understanding and addressing complexity. We need to acknowledge the personal, interpersonal, systemic and structural aspects of the issue we are working on, even if we can’t focus on all of those levels at once.Seek Multiplicity – People are more than the groups and categories we often like to place them in. When inviting someone to engage, invite the whole person to show up, not just as a representative of one group or another. We are many things and need the space to express them. As Nora Bateson puts it, we are “blurry.” To work together on complex issues, we need to bring our own complexity to the work. “Integrity is loyalty to the ambiguity of my own edges, and permission for you to be blurry too. I do not need precision to know myself, or you. I need room for all our selves to hold counsel.” – Nora Bateson, Small Arcs of Larger CirclesPower Matters – We need to be conscious of and understand the role of different types of power when coming together to address issues.The Military Families Learning Network encourages the “formation and expansion of a skilled and collaborative network of professionals who support significant positive outcomes for military service members and their families,” but when it comes to forming such a network we have more questions than answers. As a military families service provider, an Extension educator or a community member, what shared work are you doing to support military families? What shared work could we be doing together? How could the “shared work” model help sustain that work? Maybe by using inquiry as answer and exploring these questions together, we can begin to find our shared work.
By Molly C. Herndon, MSTeaching children how to responsibly manage money is one of the most valuable lessons a parent can give to a child. But what if the parent has trouble managing their own finances? How can a parent, who may not have received any financial guidance from their own parents or formal financial instruction during their school years, effectively teach a child how to manage money?Storytime ReferencesThe Four-Jar Allowance SystemHow to Teach Your Child Money ManagementOnline Games and Apps That Teach Kids About MoneyNealGodfrey.comTalking With Military Kids About Money, MFLN webinar Everyday ExperiencesChildren learn the most by watching their parents do the things they do everyday. Grocery shopping, pumping gas, planning for the holidays, are all excellent chances to start the conversation about finances. Point out items that are on sale and explain how much money is saved when one item is purchased over another. Show children the value of comparison shopping, or buying items second-hand. These lessons are valuable even to the youngest children.If children are old enough to have their own money, either from gifts or from work, they can begin to understand how budgeting works. Talk about how much an item they desire costs, before you leave for the store. If your son or daughter received $50 for a birthday gift and wants to buy a specific item, do some research together online to figure out the value and where and when would be the best place to make the purchase. This is a valuable chance for a child to learn how far that money really goes.AllowancesThere are several schools of thought on the value of establishing an allowance system. Our November webinar presenter Neale Godfrey has developed a system for young children to earn money and learn money management. Her Citizen of the Household chart is a good tool for developing some tasks your child can earn money completing. Citizen of the Household Chart. By Neale Godfrey.Parents and children can follow Ms. Godfrey’s instructions to use this chart and implement systems that work best for their families.Ms. Godfrey’s allowance system uses 4 clear jars: Charity, Quick Cash, Medium-Term Savings, and Long-Term Savings. Parents can instruct children that 10% of their weekly earnings goes to charity, and help the child select a charity or cause that is important to them. Next, Quick Cash is for items the child wants to buy right away, and Medium-Term Savings is for larger, more expensive items the child can learn to save for. For children, most Long-Term Savings is for college expenses, Ms. Godfrey says.Photo by Molly HerndonWebsites, Games and BooksDuring a 2012 webinar, we asked participants to share the titles of books they’ve use or suggested to parents to use with their child to teach them about finances:All the Money in the World by Charles RobinsonMall Mania by Stuart J. MurphyAlexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday by Judith ViorstA Bargain For Frances by Russel HobanA Chair For My Mother by Vera WilliamsJust Shopping With Mom by Mercer MayerMy First Job by Julia AllenOx-Cart Man by Donald HallSheep in a Shop by Nancy ShawSomething Good by Robert MunschThe Berenstain Bears & Mama’s New Job by Stan & Jan BerenstainThe Berenstain Bears’ Trouble With Money by Stan & Jan BerenstainThe Purse by Kathy CapleTight Times by Barbara Shook HazenWebsites webinar participants shared were:financeintheclassroom.orgAER ScholarshipsThemint.orgNefe.orgPracticalmoneyskills.comJumpstart.orgChoosetosave.orgMoneyhabitudes.comKids and Money video podcastsSmall Steps to Wealth & HealthAnd many games, both online and board games, teach finances. Think about Monopoly? There are some valuable lessons learned when you land on Boardwalk! Other games are listed here.What books, games or online resources have you used or suggested to parents? Share in the comments.Join us November 27 as Neale Godfrey dives into this topic in more detail. This interactive webinar will include quizzes to asses money management style and tools and resources to help parents teach their children a critical skill. This webinar is free and is approved for 1.5 CEUs for AFCs, CPFCs, social workers, family therapists and counselors. RSVP and learn more here.
Fulham move for Besiktas defender Domagoj Vidaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham are preparing to move for Besiktas defender Domagoj Vida.The 29-year-old centre-back helped his country to the brink of glory during the summer but his club side Besiktas are prepared to cash in on him.Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri has made strengthening his defence a priority this January and will be given funds to spend in order to do so.Everton and West Ham retain a long-term interest in Vida, who is under contract until 2022. French club Monaco are also keen, reports the Mirror. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham captain Lloris warns PSG: Man Utd are back strongerby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham captain Hugo Lloris says defeat to Manchester United is a warning to PSG.PSG and United meet next month in the Champions League round of 16.Lloris told RMC: “Manchester is still a very big institution, one of the biggest clubs in the world. “They are always present in major events. Afterwards, inevitably in a season, there are ups and downs. They have known strengths and they will come back even stronger. They have shown it for a few games but Paris is a very very good team with very great players. It will be a very nice open tie.”