Can You Imagine a Playground?

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Leadership Foundations

Leadership Foundations

In this year-end series of 2021, we’re returning to our roots, letting our imagination guide us as we explore more deeply the animating metaphor of Leadership Foundations: our world’s cities as playgrounds.

Join us as we hear from LF leaders from various cities as they imagine their own city as a playground, a place where vulnerable and marginalized people are able to fully flourish and thrive.


  • Nahshon Nicks, First Coast Leadership Foundation
  • Anthony Branch, Memphis Leadership Foundation
  • Courtney Dugstad, Next Chapter Ministries, Leadership Foundation of Rochester, MN
  • Carlos Huerta, Center for Community Transformation, Leadership Foundation of Fresno, CA

City as Playground Recommendation:

The Moral Imagination: the Art and Soul of Peacebuilding by John Paul Lederach

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Celia Vigil

Communications Associate

What book, movie, quote, or tv show has most shaped your understanding of leadership or the city?   

A quote that has shaped my understanding of leadership and the city is, “Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly now, love mercy now, walk humbly now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.”

While the amount of work there is to do to transform cities is great, this quote reminds me that we are freed from having to complete it all, though our obligation to continue remains. We may never see a huge transformation in our lifetime. The work stretches far beyond us. However, this does not make our acts of faithfulness in the day to day less significant, no matter how small they may seem.