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June 19, 2011 | Comment

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Every Father’s Day, I love recalling the catalytic impact that Preston Playground had on my life so, annually on Father’s Day I like to reprise my 2008 Ode to Preston Playground blogpost - a significant play, sports and man-making locale for me in my formative years. Happy Father’s Day - Preston Playground!

My father was gone by my 3rd birthday—never to return. He left no memories of a stern voice, or comforting touch, “a smell-good” scent, or that weary and pride-filled look of “I’m workin’ my behind off for this family.” I have no memories of nurturing or endearing moments, and no “go git your glove boy & let’s head out back” images to reflect on either. I don’t have one picture of my father anywhere. I don’t have a single snapshot of our family together or of him holding his sons in a bear hug. Read More…

May 25, 2011 | 2 comments

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Photog: James Hallock/MKTGINC

TED Full Spectrum Audition. May 6th. Unexpected Email. Gmail Elation! Fam’ + Friends. More Elation! NYC 5/24. Prep. Plans. Scripting. Reservations. Locales. Austin. MKTGINC. Prep. Scripting. Orlando. VanCity/BC. Memphis Blues. GDCBC = encouragement. Nikole/Mira/Molly moments. s/BFF brunch + brainstorm. Scripting. Red-Eye. NYC. Travel Drama. Problem(s) Solved! The Standard Hotel = Welcoming. Preparation. Practice. BBerry Timer. Cityscape view. BBerry Timer. Tighten-Up! BBerry Timer. s/BFF arrives. Discussions. Brainstorming. Tighten-Up! BBerry Timer. MKTGINC dress rehearsal. Encouragement. Cynthia’s blessing. MAGIC. Tighten-Up! BBerry Timer. Ryan/Honorable Hospitality + Good Man. Determined. Maritime Hotel/Hiro Ballroom. Dark Descent into “Asian Speakeasy” vibe. LUV it! TED FS tech check. Palpable energy. Nervous Anticipation. Tighten-Up! BBerry Timer. Chasin’ pavements. The Stroll to TED Time! Greetings. Mental rehearsal. The BRUSH + Tasha! GoBikeGo! Event Cacophony. Alone w/my thoughts: nomad. 711. Preston. 754. Coopertown. HHS. USAF. KJC. ATC. OR. KRC. TODTW! Changed Forever. 8/6. 8/15. 9/11. 2444. s/BFF support. Mad respect! Beatbox Genius. GO Time. #13 in the lineup. Inspiring performances. Mental prep. s/BFF support! Backstage prep. Gotta believe. The unexpected BRUSH intro! Beatbox Genius! PLAY! 3 minutes! Play-It-Forward! MAGIC! Applause! Elation. Exhale. KC + s/BFF soul hug. Movement Moment. A Ball Can Change The World. Gratitude. Congrats via Text msgs/DMs/Tweets/@mentions/#FullSpectrum/Likes. 5/24= Memorable! Still chasin’ pavements…

View the TED Full Spectrum Livestream archive - HERE!
Go to Latest Videos Area/Full Spectrum Auditions. Our presentation starts @ approx. the 1hr 50min mark of the program!

Got IDEAS Worth Spreading?!

March 01, 2009 | Comment

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I had just finished the first of two personal development sessions that I was leading, Scoring Your DREAM Goal, with a group of participating teams at the 6th Homeless World Cup tournament in early December 2008 in Melbourne Australia. The cacophony of the team’s voices and the diversity of the languages being spoken at the break of the session reverberated beautifully throughout the lecture space that unquestionably qualifies as a “design marvel”—the BMW Edge Center at Federation Square.

Amid the din of the excited voices of the players still getting familiar with their surroundings in-the-land-downundah, I was having a conversation with Kat Byles, Media Director for the HWC about the next session. A man approached me and greeted me with a broad confident smile, “Hello, I’m Alex!” I politely said hello back to him and then he said his greeting once more to be certain that I heard him correctly, “Hello, I’m Alex!” As I studied him closely, I realized that he looked quite familiar to me but, I couldn’t figure out how I knew him—each year at the HWC there are over 500 players present and it’s easy to not recognize a face.

He must have noticed my effort to place his name and face so, he provided me with some very clear context when he asked, “Have you seen the film Kicking It?” I have seen the documentary, Kicking It, dozens of times and I’m quite familiar with how it chronicles the journey of five aspiring soccer hopefuls from around the globe, each facing disparate situations such as, kicking a drug addiction, surviving in a war-torn nation, facing abject poverty or dealing with abandonment. Each of them shares their story of how they hope to score the chance to make-the-cut and wear their nation’s uniform/kit at the 3rd annual Homeless World Cup in Cape Town, South Africa. Just like one of those TV crime scene investigation programsâ?¦I quickly pieced together how I knew this man standing proudly in front of me. I exclaimed, “you’re Alex from Kenya!” He beamed and nodded his head affirming my response.

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February 20, 2009 | Comment

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What would you do if an unusual opportunity was presented to you in the the form of a…Double-Dog-Dare?!

Would you accept the challenge? Would you ignore it and be haunted by your fearful behavior? Challenges abound in our lives - especially now. Courage is in HIGH demand.

Well, today @130p pacific time, I will be playing a man by the name of Kevin Ward who flew in from the “Windy City” (aka Chicago) to challenge me, via a Double-Dog-Dare, to some hoops. If he is the victor, the reward is 30 days of mentoring from me. If he takes a loss, he will do 30 days of charitable work in his community. Win-WIN!

The terms + games were set by me - home court advantage. Agreed upon by KevinW.

So, It’s ON in PDX at the NorthEast Community Center today! Stay tuned + keep chasin’...

February 18, 2009 | Comment

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I recently had the honor of talking with 2008 CNN Hero and founder of Back On My Feet, Anne Mahlum. We were connected by my old partner-in-crime, high school teammate and fellow human catalyst, Steve Brown (aka Brownie/Remission Man) - BIG thanks for connecting us, my man!

Anne’s story is affirmation once again that the power of ONE can truly impact MANY souls - it makes me even more proud that she’s makin’ it happen in my hometown!

@Work?!

February 07, 2009 | Comment

Building on the success of the first “Sport for a Better World Competition”, Ashoka’s Changemakers and Nike join forces once again to launch “GameChangers: Change the Game for Women in Sport”.

Got TWITTER?!: I thought I would invite all of you to join me on my global adventures via the micro-blog technology - Twitter. Each time I embark on one of my katalyst@large journeys, I will update my blog with a post alerting you all that I can be followed offline via Twitter. NOTE: The KCK blog will go “silent” when I’m on the road.

To enjoy the 140 character, quick, inspirational posts I will share from MY “road-less-traveled” adventures…Go to TWITTER + JOIN my twitter: kckatalyst!

February 04, 2009 | Comment

At the 2009 World Economic Forum, global luminaries and celebrities in attendance are being asked to share their opinion on a personal, “hot-button” issue/topic in a short, pointed webisode - The Davos Debates

Our friend and human catalyst, Mel Young shared his p.o.v. about his belief that a ball can and IS changing the world. GOT Thoughts?! Join the Davos Debates’ convo…

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January 19, 2009 | 4 comments

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On August 28, 1963, I was three days away from my 5th Birthday when Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his memorable speech in DC. I can remember listening to his words with my grandfather over the radio.The first words spoken on that day to open the “I Have a Dream” speech were: “I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.” LOUD, STRONG, MAGICAL is the way those first few words reverberated in my mind. As I watched my grandfather (aka Pop-Pop) listen and take in the moment on that hazy and hot summer day, I can still remember the level of attention and intention my Pop-Pop had on his face and in his eyes.

The best way to share what that look was like for me at five years old, is via the above pic. That’s me running track in junior high school. My focus was only on the run and the race; my eyes ahead and clearly looking forward; anticipating the first turn on the track and handing the baton off to the next runner on our relay team. That was my grandfather’s look on August 28, 1963 too.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was the proverbial lead-off leg in the race to affect BIG change in our nation…I’m so happy to be alive to see the “baton” passed tomorrow to Barack Obama. Thank you, Dr. King!

@Work?!

January 15, 2009 | Comment

Building on the success of the first “Sport for a Better World Competition”, Nike and Ashoka’s Changemakers join forces once again to launch “GameChangers: Change the Game for Women in Sport”.


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December 29, 2008 | 1 comment

“Right To Play is an international humanitarian organization that uses sport and play programs to improve health, develop life skills, and foster peace for children and communities in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the world. Working in both the humanitarian and development context, Right To Play trains local community leaders as Coaches to deliver our programs in more than 20 countries affected by war, poverty, and disease in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.”

You never know what you’ll find on the Internet.  Here are a couple of pictures I have not seen in ages of me speaking to kids, found on the Right to Play website:

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December 26, 2008 | Comment

From the ‘Gamechangers’ website:

“Change the Game for Women in Sports.

Together we can overcome any barrier. We can create opportunities for women to win. And the freedom to try.

Gamechangers is a competition and community in one. Its a contest of ideas to level the playing field. Share your stories. Let use know about people and organizations beating the odds.

Enter your ideas. Win $5,000 and speak to people with the resources to bring your ideas to life. “


Go here for more information.  And be a game changer. 

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December 03, 2008 | Comment

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The Melbourne, Australia edition of the Homeless World Cup is in full affect.  The HWC website had a very nice post and video stream about a workshop that I conducted for the players in this year’s games.  Have a look and follow this link to get the full story: 

Scoring goals on and off the field

Posted on 02/12/2008

By Tim Beissmann

â??Goal’ was certainly the buzz word during the opening day of the 2008 Homeless World Cup.

On the pitches, the players slammed miraculous strikes into the back of the net, making a perfect start in their pursuit of the week’s top prize.

But the most important goals were those shared by the players at the Scoring Your Dream Goal workshops run by motivational speaker Kevin Carroll at BMW Edge theatre.

The workshops encouraged the players set personal goals and think about how they would achieve their dreams, then write them down and share them with the room.

“It is not enough to have an idea in your head. You need to share it. That takes courage. That is your challenge,” said Kevin.

He said it was not important how the goal was written or spelt.  It was the action of writing it down which truly symbolised the intention to achieve it.

Kevin, who was abandoned by his drug-addicted parents when he was just six, told how discovering football as a child had changed his life, just as it had for the players of the Homeless World Cup.

“A ball can save a life. That is why every time you see that ball go in the back of the net this week, you will think about your dreams. Just as that player has reached their goal, you too will think of how you will reach yours.”

Everyone at the workshops received wristbands with the word DREAM inscribed on them, which represented the values of Dedication, Responsibility, Education, Attitude, and Motivation.

Speaking at his third Homeless World Cup, Kevin acknowledged that the road to achieving dreams was a difficult one, but also a highly rewarding one.

“It will not be easy,” he said. “But anything worth having takes dedication, time and effort.”

He told the players: “Your circumstances do not dictate your future”, and said he was living proof of that.

One Zimbabwean player said his goals were to play professional soccer for his local team in Zimbabwe, build a house for his homeless family, start up a soccer academy for the young people in his community and take care of and empower the orphans back at home.

Others simply wanted to do the best they could for their country in Melbourne and be able to return home with renewed pride and enthusiasm for life.

Kevin said he was greatly honoured to be in the presence of such leadership, and challenged the players to take those values home with them after the tournament concluded on December 7.

“You are all ambassadors.  Make a commitment to your dreams, your goals, and your futures.”

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December 01, 2008 | Comment

Team Gomo Tong of Uganda is fielding a women’s team for this year’s first ever “Women’s Homeless World Cup” tournament.  Here are several of the team members in candid shots provided by Ms. Anna Phillips of Girls Kick It! and Global Youth Partnership for Africa.

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The games have begun; follow the link above (Women’s HWC) for up to the minute info and stay tuned here for updates on the team’s progress.

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November 21, 2008 | Comment

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One of the sponsors of this year’s Homeless World Cup - which features the first ever “Women’s World Cup” - is an organization called Women Win.

Women Win is the first ever international women’s fund that supports sport and physical activities as instruments for social change and women’s empowerment…Women Win believes that sport is the way for women and girls to learn leadership skills, develop character, self-esteem and a sense of belonging, while at the same time discover the fun, support and power of being together.

Sport provides a social network that women often lack.

It’s by joining a team, learning to lose, win, and achieve under pressure, that she can cultivate the necessary skills to be a future leader of her community.

Be sure to track the results of the women competing in Melbourne, Australia at this year’s Homeless World Cup right here at the KCK blog. 

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November 07, 2008 | 1 comment

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Our colleague from Global Youth Partnership for Africa and Girls Kick It! fame, Anna Phillips, was recently interviewed by the folks over at Youth Noise.  Check out this excerpt: 

Youth Noise

Interview With Anna Phillips, Founder of Girls Kick It!

A few days ago, I had the chance to talk to Anna Phillips, the incredible 22-year-old founder of Girls Kick It!—a comprehensive sports program for young women in northern Uganda. Anna created Girls Kick It! with the help of Global Youth Partnership for Africa (GYPA) to empower and educate women, many of whom have been affected by war and poverty, through sportsâ?¦

“Me: How did Girls Kick It! get started?

Anna: It got started because I grew up playing sports in middle school and high school. I wrestled and played rugby. I decided to major in human rights at George Washington University after traveling to Africa the summer before I started school. It was a self-designed major that allowed me a lot of flexibility in the classes I was able to take. 

Then in January 2006, I got a chance to combine my passion for sports and human rights. I went to the Global Youth Partnership for Africa’s youth summit in Uganda. GYPA brought together American and Ugandan youth leaders who were interested and passionate about HIV/AIDS, women’s issues and reconciliation. After the summit, I worked with GYPA to create a sports programs specifically for women. There were programs where women are involved, but nothing specifically for them. With the help and support of GYPA I was able to find amazing mentors and resources to create Girls Kick It! In particular, the advice of Awista Ayub, a phenomenal woman who created a girls soccer program in Afghanistan, helped me in the early planning stages. The sports for social change movement is relatively small, and everyone was willing to help and meet with meâ?¦”

The sports for social change movement may be small compared to other initiatives that seek to foment change in people’s lives.  But the use of sport as a social change agent is happening on just about every continent.  I am confident that more young people like Anna will continue to make the connection between their individual, athletic/creative talents and using those gifts in non-traditional ways that benefit other people. 

 

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November 03, 2008 | 1 comment

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Who is Global Giving?

“GlobalGiving is an online marketplace that connects you to the causes and countries you care about. You select the projects you want to support, make a tax-deductible contribution, and get regular progress updates - so you can see your impact.”

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One of this year’s Global Giving causes is the Homeless World Cup which will feature the first Women’s HWC tournament, composed of eight teams and perhaps 100 women.  Many of these teams will need help with transportation, equipment and the like.  Follow the link above to see how Global Giving is helping raise funds to ensure that each participating women’s team is able to concentrate on scoring goals and not soccer cleats or plane fare.

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October 03, 2008 | Comment

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RC Port Melbourne


This is a Rotary Project where we are partnering with other community groups to participate in a highly successful international social change program—By providing most of the volunteers to run this years Homeless World Cup to be held in Federation Square & Birrarung Place—we will be creating a model for Rotary Involvement in future HWC’s. A unique opportunity for Rotarian’s, family & friends to utilise their vocations whilst participating in an exciting project that uses sport for social change.

There are one billion homeless people in our world today.  In the USA there are 3.5 million homeless people. Here each person costs society around $60,000 a year to be homeless. It costs $40,000 per year for one place in an emergency shelter in New York.

The Homeless World Cup exists to end this so we all have a home, a basic human need.  We use football as a trigger to inspire and empower people who are homeless to change their own lives. We do this firstly by creating a world-class, annual, international football tournament; and secondly, by inspiring and supporting grass roots football projects working with homeless and socially excluded people all year round…”

Follow the link to read the entire post.

It is quite apparent that all of Melbourne, Australia is mobilizing for the upcoming Homeless World Cup, December 1-7, 2008 - why even Victoria Premier John Brumby is getting in his kicks!


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September 12, 2008 | Comment

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Jessica, my able assistant always finds interesting sports related social change activities.  For example, the Sport Matters Group:

What is the Sport Matters Group?

The SMG is a voluntary group of individuals who have come together to talk about the important contribution that sport makes to society, and to collaborate on various sport policy issues on an ad hoc basis. The Group has actively worked together on the Canadian Sport Policy, the new Sport and Physical Activity Act, and on increasing the resources available for sport in Canada.

What other activities is the SMG involved in?

The federal election kicks off and so does our sport campaign: I believe in the power of sport to..

With your participation, our campaign will reach-out to candidates in all 308 ridings across Canada with your message about the power of sport. Together, we will ask each candidate how they propose to strengthen sport in Canada. Simply asking the question can make all the difference when we work together.

It’s easy to get involved.

It is easy - when you have a clear idea of your mission.  And there’s no doubt that where there’s a will - and a blueprint like the Sport Matters Group - there is a well-paved way.

Thanks, Jessica, for the heads up.

 

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August 14, 2008 | Comment

My very able assistant, Jessica Lustbader,  forwarded me the link below.  If you want to know anything about sport and development, go here….

From the International Platform on Sport and Development:

What is Sport and Development?

â??Sport & Development’ refers to the use of sport as a tool for development and peace.

Actors in sport, academia, private sector, non-profit and non-governmental organisations, government agencies, UN agencies and international organisations, the media, the general public as well as young people are increasingly interested in the potential of sport as a tool to reach personal, community, national and international development objectives. They are also interested in how sport can be used as a tool for addressing some of the challenges that arise from humanitarian crises and in conflict and post-conflict settings.

As sport becomes increasingly part of humanitarian and development work, as well as a part of the corporate social responsibility practices of some private sector actors, interested parties are anxious to explore the potential, as well as the limitations, of sport in their work.

For these very different actors to understand each other better, it becomes necessary to develop common definitions and frameworks for action in order to improve practice.

The opportunity to use sport and play to create a better world is limited only by our belief in and the power of our imaginations.  Every day, more creative uses of play are sprouting all over the world.  As these individual, often isolated initiatives develop, so too will the need for an infrastructure to support, enhance, link and promote these activities and activists.  The IPSD seeks to provide this kind of support.  To read more about the International Platform’s mission and values, follow the link below…

 


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