Cleaning Education

When we started to envision cleaning as a transformational practice and metaphor, we had no idea how to transition from a residential and commercial cleaning company to one that used cleaning to change – to clean – the world on many levels. From a traditional viewpoint, what we were envisioning was not “cleaning” but perhaps “consulting” since we were starting to concern ourselves with “bigger issues” than just garbage or dirt on the floor. When I explained what we were...

Lessons Learned: Linda

“Oh and of course as part of the job you will also have to clean homes and offices too”, Tolu said, his twinkling eyes examining me. Mhm. Interesting. We were sitting in his office after my job interview to do the communications and marketing at Zenith, which had turned into a 2-hour long conversation. Cleaning other people’s homes and offices in my gap year…It sounded novel but not without a slight emotional charge. Well, I thought, if its part of...

Featured Friends: Becca Stevens

Becca Stevens, an episcopal priest who spends more time with former prostitutes than with priests, is the founder of Nashville-based Thistle Farms, an organization that is a role model for any organization involved in the work of rehabilitation. They transform the lives of women who have been in sex-trafficking, drug addiction and violence. All the women employed by Thistle Farms, from receptionists to sales directors, used to be in their program and when you visit you will find it hard...

Dancing between immersion and observation

When Will and I went homeless in late 2014, we did it partly because we both value immersive experiences. We were conscious of the need to not only be immersed but also to observe our experience, internally and externally. Certain aspects of the experience lent themselves easily to one than the other. Sleeping on the mountain was something to be immersed in because we were in nature. Sleeping in a homeless shelter the following night was an experience we wanted...