Thoughts on the Model of Powerful Impact

In the famous animated movie about Pinocchio, the free-spirited puppet sings about not having strings to make him fret, frown, or move around. In this human experience, strings could be allegorical for many things. Pinocchio mentions being worry free. As part of his quest to become a real boy, he has to learn to make …

Learning to be Intentionally Active on Social Media

Each time a new technology alters our society there is a necessary adjustment period. This was true centuries ago with the introduction of a written alphabet, and it was true only a few decades ago with the introduction of computers and the internet. These things are completely standard today, but that came with growing pains …

Meet Big Ocean: Shelli Spotts

Changing the World Word by Word Shelli Spotts is a writer. She holds a master’s degree in creative writing, belongs to a writers’ group, and teaches college students writing and composition. You will see she has mastered the art of writing when you read her work and experience her poetic gift of weaving a tapestry …

On Sand Dollars and Seastars: Solving the Connection Disconnect

I have a mental picture I carry of my four children. It is of a blustery day on a rugged Oregon beach, black rocks jutting out of the water, the sky a washed-out blue overhead. In rolled up jeans and sweatshirts zipped tight against the cold July day they are busy flirting with the crashing …

Emergency Action: We Need Your Help!

Dear Big Ocean Women, We have been made aware through our global networks and coalitions the need for action on a particular issue, the CDA230 (Communications Decency Act Section 230) in the current revision of NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement). We need your help!! CDA230 was the statute that allowed corporate officers of online …

Dayo Benjamins-Laniyi Shares Her favorite quote

Dayo shares thoughts about her favorite quote: Dayo said, “Here come some words from the writer, Henry David Thoreau: ‘If one advances confidently in the direction of his or her dreams,’ like I have today, ‘you will meet with success unexpectedly in the common hours of your life.’” “This is common?“ she asks. “No, it’s …

Just One Thing

Our internal compass doesn’t require handbooks and hours of training to operate. We needn’t navigate difficult trails. In fact, we may become lost in life if we try to take direction from every good impulse or idea that comes to us. After viewing a discussion by two very wise women, I decided to follow their …

October 2018 Board Message

The Ultimate Protection System I have been thinking a lot about this year’s United Nations Commission on the Status of Women’s priority theme. It’s about social protection systems and special systems and infrastructure that can empower women and girls. From all my lived experiences, I have found no greater social protection system that empowers young …

10 Ways You Can Exercise Your Power to Stop Human Trafficking

 A major way that we can prevent trafficking is by reducing the vulnerability of individuals in our communities. Speaking about preventing sex trafficking, Rabbi Rachael Bregman emphasized that vulnerability comes from invisibility—we cannot let people be invisible. She said, “Smile at the people on the street as if you are you are seeing the face …

Reflection on Wisdom

I recently read a book that challenged me deeply. I was made to see a situation I had thought had obvious right and wrong sides from a different point of view. It was painful to recognize how my judgment had been wrong. While it was an uncomfortable shift of perspective, it was valuable because I …