Moving to the Interior : Family Power
The Blue House Institute is Richard Kordesh's home on the web.  Here, he posts insights about issues, shares thoughts and opinions about what's happening to families and communities, and provides background info about what he's doing.

Richard Kordesh's Blue House Institute provides ideas, insights, and practical proposals aimed at building good communities around children.  Built over a career as a political scientist and community developer, Richard's approach lifts up the vitally important roles that families play in making places safe, healthy, and sustainable. Drawing on his recent training in depth psychology, he also delves into his personal journey as a a man, a son, a father, brother, uncle, and husband, and how that has shaped his understanding of the challenges facing individual parents and citizens.
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Finding one's way into and through the life of family is a life-long journey.  We all take this journey, but in many different ways.  To know how to strengthen communities around children, it's important to know one's own path, inward and outward, and the perspectives it provides.

Reach out to him via email at: kordesh@bluehouseinstitute.com.

Moving to the Interior

by Richard Kordesh on 04/08/14

Recently, I've begun a new phase of my work.  I'm still about building good communities around children, and I'm still devoted to building up the co-productive capacities of families.  But now, I'm studying and beginning to practice on the inner dimensions of those challenges.  Since, fall, 2013 I've been studying as a Fellow at The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis.  I've also been taking courses there in Self Psychology and Object Relations.  And now, I am beginning a supervised clinical practice in a school in Chicago's south side where I will be earning the hours I need to eventually apply for my clinical license.


Good community development work asks a lot of individuals.  Loving, productive parenting requires a certain psychological readiness on the parts of mothers and fathers.  And so, by learning how to help children and parents with their inner issues, I hope to become more fully capable of carrying forward with my commitment to strengthening families.

This movement into clinical practice will enrich the writing and consulting I will continue to carry out that addresses family-generated community building.  And it will afford me the honor of helping kids, moms, and dads individually with their struggles and their quests.

Although this work will be new for me, my interest in the inner life is not at all new. I've been in analysis and therapy myself.  I've kept detailed, personal journals for over 40 years, many of which recount and explore my dreams.  So, I think of this new foray into clinical practice as a way to bring my lifelong inner work into more conscious alignment with my lifelong outer work in community building.  I'm blessed to have this opportunity.


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Richard is the creator of the Blue House Institute, from which he writes and consults about the political and policy dynamics of family-based, and family-generated, community building. The Blue House Institute advocates for dignified, local, and democratic policies that enable mothers, fathers, and citizens to thrive as co-producers and to share power. 

Richard can consult at many levels of the deliberative process, including community planning, agency program design and fund development, community organizing, building partnerships across government jurisdictions, and strengthening democratic participation through civic associations and religious institutions. 

Richard blogs about the obstacles and opportunities presented by the political, psychological and social dynamics unique to various localities and regions. He also shares through the blog stories from his own, forty-year journey as a citizen, father, husband, and professional, always seeking to better understand his mission and to sharpen his craft.

Richard earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from Indiana University, and an MSW with a concentration in Community Development and Planning from the Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Doing their best, different people end up in all kinds of family situations. Marriages fail or don’t occur for many reasons, including abuse, addiction, or a lack of love. Some traditional, married families can be hurtful toward their children, oppressive toward women and girls, or just toxic psychologically. Richard’s approach to family-generated community building lifts up the need for marriage and family to evolve into loving and co-productive institutions, while respecting the different family forms that real life circumstances create.