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Denver: We’re here with Ai-jen Poo, the executive director of NDWA, and we are going to play Take Five. Are you ready, Ai-jen?

Ai-jen Poo: I’m ready.

Denver: What idea in Philanthropy is ready for retirement?

Ai-jen Poo: [Pass.]

Denver: What should we be worried about?

Ai-jen Poo: We should be worried about our lack of a plan in terms of care.

Denver: What is one of your favorite documentaries or movies?

Ai-jen Poo: Harlan County USA.

Denver: What is today’s most underreported story?

Ai-jen Poo: The story about the impact of deportations on immigrant families.

Denver: What is something you believe that other people think is just insane?

Ai-jen Poo: That we should have universal family care.

Denver: What is the most interesting part of your morning ritual?

Ai-jen Poo: Yoga.

Denver: What is the most important thing that makes for a healthy organizational culture?

Ai-jen Poo: Feedback.

Denver: What did you change your mind about in the last 10 years and why?

Ai-jen Poo: Electoral politics.

Denver: When was the last time you were voluntarily totally disconnected from all your devices?

Ai-jen Poo: During a yoga retreat.

Denver: If you were a kitchen utensil, what would you be?

Ai-jen Poo: A spoon.

Denver: What do you wish people are more open and honest about?

Ai-jen Poo: Their disagreements.

Denver: If you were to start your career all over again and do something completely different and away from this field, what would that be?

Ai-jen Poo: Something in the field of storytelling.

Denver: What’s your super power?

Ai-jen Poo: Optimism.

Denver: If you could have one gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it, what would it say?

Ai-jen Poo: Love.

Denver: What is something whether it’s related to your work or not that you are exceptionally excited about right now?

Ai-jen Poo: The progress that we’re making on care in states.

Denver: What is the one book you would give as a gift?

Ai-jen Poo: Another Country

Denver: What topic would you speak about if you were asked to give a TED Talk on something completely outside your main area of expertise?

Ai-jen Poo: Yoga.

Denver: What is something about you that very few other people know?

Ai-jen Poo: That I love to dance.

Denver: Given the choice of anyone famous in the world dead or alive that you could invite over for dinner, who would that be?

Ai-jen Poo: Ella Baker

Denver:  What advice would you give to your 25-year-old self?

Ai-jen Poo: Be compassionate but don’t overextend your energy.

Denver: Finally, do you have a quote you live your life by or think of often?

Ai-jen Poo: There’s a quote from Dr. King’s speech, Where Do We Go From Here, that talks about love and power.

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