Growing Organic Lessons in Social Entrepreneurship

I’m going to talk about what I learned about social entrepreneurship through working on the Community Controlled Food Initiative (CCFI). So, there are about a million and one things I’ve learned over the last two years with Kheprw Institute. Some of the basic things I’ve learned learned include the importance of partnerships, the need to spend time thinking constantly about strategies to …

What’s Happening with CCFI in August!?

Hard to believe it has been a month since we all got together and celebrated our community and picked up our bag of Community Controlled Food Initiative (CCFI) produce. This month is another great collection of food from local farmers. Before we get into the bounty that summer is offering us through these great farmers there are a couple housekeeping …

Get Ready for eSTEAM!

Summer in the near northwest side community is marked by the scents of charcoal and fresh cut grass, screams and laughs from children freshly out of school, and beads of sweat from the intense heat. These simple staples of summer passed me by on my daily route to and from the Kheprw Institute’s eSTEAM camp last summer, where eager children …

Voyage Along the Horizon Between the United States and Brazil

I arrived in Salvador a 21-year old black male, raised by the Indianapolis community that created me, to embark on a journey to discover lessons from another chapter of the African Diaspora. I arrived with a backpack of journals and cameras and a large duffle bag filled with clothes inappropriate for the tropical weather. I was drenched in sweat within …

The Road So Far

I Just turn 20 recently, and the brief time before and after I became of age, there has been a swell of changes in my life. One of the most prominent is my recent enrollment into IUPUI. Today marks my sixth week in college, and oh boy have there been some lessons. When I started my goal to get into …

MARIANETTE

Republished with permission from gaylecosby.wordpress.com __ Dear Reader, Did you know that Marian University now owns a lot more land than it used to? That’s right.  Indianapolis Public Schools transferred several acres of land surrounding Cold Spring School last week to Marian University.  This acreage included lots of natural habitat along the river as well as three buildings, one of which is the beautiful …

Subversion At Your Table

I’m going to connect how subversion has always been a tactic to undermine the rising “Black Consciousness.” My examples will be Ida B. Wells and Aunt Jemima, the 1965-68 Race Riots in Detroit, Newark, NJ and L.A. Watts, and the 1992 L.A. Riots/Gangsta Rap. Ida B. Wells (1862-1931) journalist, suffragist, sociologist, and feminist was a prominent voice for the civil …

Indy Communities Taking Control of Their Food

With the loss of Double 8 foods in our communities last year, the people searched for an alternative means of obtaining affordable produce without having to drive all over creation to access them. From that need, the Community Controlled Food Initiative (CCFI) was born.   CCFI is a community led initiative that was started by the Kheprw Institute shortly after …

The KI Equation: Challenging Conversations + Aliveness = Liberation

The Kheprw Institute, with all its limitations, remains a location of conversations about possibilities. In that field of possibility we’ve the opportunity to labor for freedom, to demand of ourselves and our peers, an openness of mind and heart allowing us to face reality even as we collectively imagine ways to move beyond boundaries, to transgress. These critical conversations are …