December 21st, 2014
Barbara Greenspan Shaiman has made it her life’s work to share her message of hope through humanity learned from the incomparable inhumanity of the Holocaust.
Barbara Greenspan Shaiman
Barbara Greenspan Shaiman was born into a perfect storm of tragedy few could comprehend, let alone process healthily.
However, that is not what sets her apart from the millions of other men and women in the world who were born into equally tragic and inauspicious beginnings. What sets Shaiman apart is not where she came from, but where she ended up: An honorable and compassionate destination, achieved by harnessing the profound pain and tragedy she was born into to find a higher calling. Read the rest of this entry »
December 21st, 2014
As we grow older and have less time left, there may be
a tendency to ask, “What impact have I had?” “What have I contributed to others and future generations?” “What is my legacy?”
Most theorists agree that adult development is ongoing. As we age, a major task is to move beyond concerns of the self and acquire wisdom in order to contribute to others and future generations. In my dissertation research, I asked creative older adults I interviewed, “How important is it for you to leave a legacy or contribute to future generations?” (Robertson, 2005). Surprisingly, many of the participants I interviewed were not concerned with leaving a legacy—even though, in my mind, they would leave bodies of work and had already contributed to present and future generations. Some talked about what they would pass on to children and grandchildren, but most indicated that their time was “now” and they did not expect to be “remembered” for more than one or two generations.
In the book Live Your Legacy Now! Ten Simple Steps to Find Your Passion and Change the World, Barbara Greenspan Shaiman (2009) tells about the “inheritance” she received from her family, how she was inspired to create her legacy, and practical advice for people who want to make the world a better place. She explains that a legacy goes beyond the common conception of leaving a bequest, or funding a hospital wing or university building to preserve one’s memory in the future; it is sharing your “humanity” and is a gift to the present and the future. Read the rest of this entry »
August 10th, 2010
Champions of Caring, our youth program, was highlighted in the Summer Edition of the Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal. Thank you to Nick, Tine and Amy, Emily, and Alina for sharing our work!
To read the article and view the journal, follow the link below:
May 3rd, 2010
In March, Barbara was recognized by Society Hill Playhouse and Respect: The Musical for her efforts to promote respect in the community. Photo: Roe DeLuca of Act II Playhouse presents Barbara with her honor. Photo by Julie Miller
December 9th, 2009
On November 18, 2009, Barbara was invited to address a group of dignitaries, educators and youth from Berlin and the Bronx at the German Consulate in New York City. Read more about her presentation: