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On Mother's Day 2006 Joan Blades co-founded with Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner to tap the power of online grassroots organizing for mothers and families in the US. Joan is also a co-founder of A deep believer in the value of grassroots engagement, Joan understands that citizen voices are crucial to a healthy democracy. When co-writing "The Motherhood Manifesto", the book with which MomsRising was launched, Joan was drawn to explore work practices that fit people's lives. Inspired by her own experiences and emerging work practices that are good for not just mothers but everyone she co-authored "The Custom-Fit Workplace", and has since developed work with The Great Work Cultures. Previously she co-founded Berkeley Systems, taught mediation at Golden Gate Law School and wrote Mediate Your Divorce. Joan was on the founding committee of "Reuniting America: A Transpartisan Campaign of Political Reconciliation" which engaged people from diverse political points of view in respectful dialogue leading to creative, breakthrough solutions to the challenges facing our nation. From this work she launched Living Room Conversations. Joan is an artist, a nature lover, Sunday soccer player and mother.