When You Are Surrounded By Those Who Care

The last two weeks have had some wonderful highlights, and one I’ll be thinking about for a long time was attending CareFest.

When You Are Surrounded By Those Who Care
Hanging out with Angela Garbes! ♥

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This week I’m taking a little breather from regular newsletter programming as I reach the end of an amazing sprint of publishing my playbook and travelling nine out of 11 days. This week I’ll be remembering to take care of myself as I recover from a red-eye, deal with two non-consecutive days off from school for my oldest that I didn’t track, and let my husband tap out a bit as he’s been solo parenting through a rotating pink eye diagnosis and some major sleep regressions from the twins.

The last two weeks have had some wonderful highlights, and one I’ll be thinking about for a long time was attending CareFest, an amazing convergence of 500 people who care about care. Attendees included care workers, authors, storytellers, union leaders, politicians, policy people, philanthropists, advocates, and more. In these incredibly difficult times in our world, it was life-affirming to be surrounded by people committed to valuing care and transforming our economy, politics, and culture to put care at the center. There is no movement I’m more thrilled to be a part of. I was also particularly excited to meet people under thirty who come to their passion for transforming care not through parenthood but through their own experiences with disability, caregiving for elders, and wanting to make the world a more equitable place. 

I am especially grateful to the paid and unpaid caregivers in my life who make my travel and career passions possible. 

No audio or member thread this week. 

I’ll leave you with a few photos from CareFest:

The legendary Ai-jen Poo: "What if care if what we need to recover the soul of the country?"
Founder of the MeToo Movement, Tarana Burke, who was moved to tears by the work of the Care Catalyst award winners
California's newest Senator, Laphonza Butler: "There is no force equal to women determined to rise."

November Members-Only Hangout

Thursday November 16th at 1pm ET

Please join me on Thursday, November 16th at 1 pm ET to talk about how we can transform how America cares! I want to make my research and reporting as accessible as possible to my beloved Double Shift community, so I am going to give a 15-minute overview of the extremely cool solutions I’ve found and spend a bunch of time answering questions and talking informally with you all about effectively transforming care in America. This is an actually hopeful and inspiring topic, and I think we could all use some of that right now. You absolutely DO NOT have to have read my report to join! Members will get an email and calendar invite.


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