The Center for Life Beyond Reed

Communities of Purpose

Before you decide what you want to do after Reed, you need to discover why you're inspired.

The Center for Life Beyond Reed will help you work through these important questions. Knowing how to talk about your interests is the first step to being able to create your personal narrative—the key to finding work, finding your place, and pursuing meaningful opportunities. Identifying with a community of purpose can help focus your efforts. Here are some of the areas the Center of Life Beyond Reed has documented. Feel free to add others when you identify with other purposes.

Citizenship and community living

Issues of:

  • housing
  • crime
  • transportation
  • safety
  • homelessness
  • architecture
  • crowding
  • consumption and clutter
  • consumerism
  • gardens and parks
  • community recreation
  • maps and location devices/services
  • evaluating choices
  • virtual communities
  • preservation of architecture
  • culture
  • and language
  • law and legal system
  • judging
  • public service
  • public policy
  • public health
  • community governance
  • play
  • city planning
  • parks and recreation
  • historic preservation
  • waste management
  • public service and policy
  • urban culture
  • language preservation
  • poverty
  • gender
  • LGBTQ
  • civil rights
  • voter rights
  • worker rights
  • sexual assault prevention and response
  • human trafficking
  • disability laws and regulation
  • immigrant rights
  • rights of the underrepresented
  • prisoner rights
  • spirituality
  • religion
  • photographing and documenting humans
  • fundraising
  • writing about human rights

Sustainable life on earth

Issues of:

  • alternative fuels
  • biofuel
  • thermal
  • agriculture
  • solar
  • wind
  • green technology applied to waste management
  • use of green technology in building
  • manufacturing
  • architecture
  • product design
  • green education
  • weather
  • battery science
  • de-salinization
  • water
  • electricity
  • conservation
  • recycling
  • upcycling
  • air quality
  • growth boundaries
  • food access
  • cultural exploration

Investing and financial responsibility

Issues of:

  • government spending
  • economics of poverty
  • tax regulation and fairness
  • fiscal policy
  • private equity
  • accounting standards
  • grant spending
  • public trust management
  • foundation management
  • commercial banking
  • investments
  • retail
  • global stock market
  • currency issues and policies
  • trading
  • mergers & acquisitions
  • microfinance
  • corporate finance
  • public finance
  • global finance
  • investment banking
  • financial literacy/education
  • business and financial consulting

Globalization and diplomacy

Issues of

  • national identity
  • commerce
  • microloans
  • NGO
  • arbitration
  • mapping
  • geography
  • geopolitics
  • cell technology
  • fiber optics
  • currency exchange
  • intellectual property and rights
  • boundaries
  • negotiation
  • diplomat corps
  • embassy personnel
  • food access
  • disaster and war relief

Healthcare and the cure of illness

Issues of:

  • mental health
  • physical health
  • chronic illness
  • pediatric care
  • acute care
  • global human and animal migration
  • AIDS
  • addictive behaviors
  • addictions
  • geriatric health
  • nutrition
  • doctors
  • nursing
  • medical tech
  • healthcare policy
  • healthcare education
  • alternative medicine
  • dispensary management
  • psychopharmacology
  • pharmaceuticals
  • consulting
  • fundraising
  • midwifery
  • spiritual calling
  • infant mortality
  • reproductive health
  • clean water
  • disease cure and prevention
  • veterinary science
  • sourcing and transporting food
  • food scarcity
  • feeding the poor
  • food access
  • gastronomy
  • wine-making
  • brewing 
  • food preparation
  • farming and agriculture

Education and human potential

Issues of:

  • education
  • coaching
  • counseling
  • kinesiology
  • performance
  • teaching
  • training
  • literacy
  • reading
  • reading research and policy
  • human capital consulting
  • talent acquisition
  • human resources
  • adaptive technology
  • educational policy
  • survival
  • pre-K literacy and education
  • elementary education
  • secondary education
  • higher education
  • Montessori and alternative education
  • cultural competency

Research, tech, and innovation

Issues of:

  • pushing the boundaries of the known world
  • research in science
  • planetary
  • and space
  • lab tech
  • field recording
  • astronomy
  • geography
  • physics
  • nuclear
  • atomic
  • stem cell tissue policy
  • lab management
  • tissue handling
  • lab management
  • nuclear reactor management
  • paleontology
  • applied technology in scientific equipment

Arts and beauty 

Issues of:

  • design
  • performance
  • music
  • fine arts
  • public art
  • sculpture
  • photographic records
  • intellectual property standards and rights
  • actor rights
  • typeface
  • fonts
  • printing methods
  • art preservation
  • cultural institution management
  • ethical treatment of native arts
  • art curation
  • art sales

Express Advising and Drop-In Hours 

Express Advising w/ Peer Career Advisors

Mondays, 6pm-8pm, LIB 203
Tuesdays, 3pm-5pm, Prexy
Wednesdays, 2:30pm-4:30pm, Prexy
Thursdays, 3pm-5pm, Prexy
Fridays, 2pm-4pm, Prexy
Sundays, 6pm-8pm, GCC-A

Drop-In Hours w/ CLBR Staff
Tuesdays, 12pm-1:30pm, Commons (Fellowships Q&A)
Wednesdays, 11:30am-1:30pm, MRC
Thursdays, 11:30am-1:30pm, Commons
Fridays, 11:30am-1:30pm, Commons

Note: Please check the announcements on your homepage in Griffin Door for any possible updates or cancellations.


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