Making Change

Learn how to become an effective activist by Converting, Collaborating and Conspiring your way to meaningful change Practical Activism in 3 Parts In January of 2003, in Uijongbu, Korea, I engaged in one of the most subversive acts of my life: secretly speaking out about the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell…
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Braving the Wilderness: Speak Truth to Bullshit. Be Civil

The dangerous dismissal of truth in favor of emotional appeal is on the rise. Here's how to stand up, speak truth, and keep your cool when you do. This is Part III in the series on Brene Brown’s book Braving the Wilderness Bullshit is Dangerous This was a difficult post…
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Stop Staying Small

How to avoid the asshole trap and become the visionary you were meant to be This post is part of the series on Lessons Learned in Achieving Your Vision We can learn a lot from Neville Remember Neville Longbottom from Harry Potter? He went from shy and nerdy to avenging…
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Welcome to WokeUp!

What is this blog for? Where do I start? Our founder explains WokeUp and why the revolution begins with you Welcome to WokeUp! My name is Patrick, and below are some answers to questions you might have. If your question isn’t addressed, please ask it in the comments section. How…
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Braving the Wilderness: People are Hard to Hate Close Up: Move In

Telling your personal story is the most powerful tool in activism. Sharing our stories can heal our communities, our country and ourselves. This is Part II in the series on Brene Brown’s book Braving the Wilderness In the spring of 2006 I was part of a nationwide tour to speak…
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Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging

A culture of "fitting in" has damaged our society. True belonging will transform it. This is Part I in the series on Brene Brown's book Braving the Wilderness The desire for belonging is a fundamental, and perhaps our most basic human need. Brene argues that the definition of true belonging…
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Braving the Wilderness: Introduction

Our politics and culture seem hopelessly divided and toxic. Researcher Brene Brown's new book offers a much needed solution. This is the Introduction to the series on Brene Brown's book Braving the Wilderness I have been a fan of qualitative researcher/storyteller Brene Brown since I watched her first TEDx talk…
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Holding the Space

Do you have a dream, and want to change the world? Here's how to get started. This post is part of the series on Lessons Learned in Achieving Your Vision Launching a startup is like being on a boat in the middle of the ocean, searching for an undiscovered island.…
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Photography Credit

Special thanks to all the talented photographers who have generously provided images for WokeUp: James Baldwin Andreas Berger Alexis Brown Zac Durant Eunice Lituanas David Marcu Austin Neill Jakob Owens Jamie Street
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