ReFraming Love


Airdate: July 14, 2017

Valaida Fullwood is a writer and project strategist. She is the author of Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists - named one of the '10 Best Black Books' of 2011 and winner of the prestigious Terry McAdam Book Award as 2012's most inspirational and useful new book for the non-profit sector.  She is also the vision keeper and principal architect for Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited, a museum exhibit that has toured the nation and will be featured at a national conference hosted by the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Valaida is a poet and public speaker who has inspired audiences throughout the nation.

This episode is perfect for anyone interested in the burdens and rewards of an idea and the re-framing of a concept that changes community.  


  • Valaida describes herself as an 'idea whisperer' and shares the most memorable idea she whispered and to whom.

  • She talks about how 'an idea is salvation by imagination' and how she sees herself as a spiritual instrument.

  • She describes the small town she grew up in and how it shaped all the choices she made next.

  • Valaida shares how a conversation she overhead on a bus sparked her major in college.

  • She describes the burden of bearing an untold story and how an idea landed on her that was fully formed and generative.

  • Valaida talks about how she set out to re-frame philanthropy across cultures and communities.

  • She shares how her project continues to test and reward her.

  • Valaida responds to where her imagination may be taking her next.

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Plato and the Theory of Forms

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  • What struck you about Valaida's story?

  • How do you create ideas?

  • Have you had the burden of an untold story?

  • What do you make of re-framing philanthropy?

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This episode is sponsored by Blumenthal Performing Arts, celebrating its 25th year presenting the best in the performing arts.