"Scale" and "scaling change" are terms that are thrown around so much in professional circles that they have become cliché. Yet, for all of us in the business of improving lives and building stronger communities, they are the terms that often are the source of both our frustration and our inspiration.
I found the psychological and behavioral privilege associated with living wage work to be startling. I became aware of how far I had disconnected from the reality that forces those who earn a minimum wage to forego the convenience and peace of mind that a few thousand extra dollars a year can quite literally buy.
In February 2012, my small village of individuals in Washington, DC came to Pennsylvania Avenue and testified in front of the Council of the District of Columbia that they had been sexually harassed or assaulted on a bus or metro train of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), the area's public transportation agency.