It’s hard to come up with a short description of what Bill Strickland does. But the long description is pretty amazing. Raised in a rough inner city neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Bill’s life took a turn in high school when he encountered the power of pottery and an art teacher who believed in him. He’s now the CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation, an organization with life-changing art programs for inner city youth and possibility-creating trade school.
He’s also the author of one of my favorite books, Make the Impossible Possible. He’s the catalyst behind the Grammy award winning MCG Jazz record label (also part of Manchester Bidwell). He was appointed by President Obama to the Whitehouse Council for Community Solutions and by President Bush to the board of the National Endowment for the Arts. Oh, and he’s the recipient of a Macarthur genius grant.
Listen to this podcast and learn:
How Manchester Bidwell Corporation is changing lives
How Bill is working to change the conversation about poverty and poor people
A tip to help you find the work you’re here to do in the world
How small steps can change negative thought patterns
How small successes can create a line of evolution towards greater success, regardless of where you start
How creating positive change is a community conversation, not an individual conversation