Diving Deep, and Finding New Ways Forward…

While only an occasional blogger at best, this has been quite a hiatus for me: it’s been a year since my last post here. In addition to work with facilitation and coaching clients, and a concerted effort to make progress on my doctoral studies, there were several months of working as a volunteer with Marianne […]

Mind and Heart

Recently, I’ve been working with colleagues on a revision to the Wise Democracy Pattern Language. We are about to publish a 2.0 card deck which will soon be available for purchase, unlike the previous version which was only available in a do-it-yourself, download-and-print format.     It’s been a real pleasure to be working on this […]

vTaiwan: activism, deliberative democracy, & social change

Recently, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a Council on the Uncertain Human Future. It was an extremely rich and rewarding experience, contemplating the existential implications of climate change, in the context of deep community — and I am still planning to write a full-length post about it, soon. However, I got a bit […]

More resources for Opening Minds and Hearts

It’s just been a few days since I wrote my last blog post, “Open Carry Love“. I’ve been a fairly infrequent blogger, so I was not planning on posting again so soon. Yet last night, I attended an online webinar sponsored by some of the organizers of the Women’s March. There were eleven thousand participants […]

Open Carry Love

On Saturday at the Four Freedoms rally in Pittsfield, MA, I saw a poster that said: “Open Carry LOVE between my BROTHERS and my SISTERS ALL OVER this LAND…” Wish I had a pic of that one to share with you! In the meantime, here’s another favorite: As for myself, I did not make a […]

Unity = (Diversity) to the nth…

I’m writing this blog post primarily for those of us who identify as somewhere on the liberal-to-progressive spectrum, as that’s the broader community whose political views I know best.  Since these are the folks whom I tend to expect to ‘get it’, it’s also where I can get most disappointed. Recently, some commentators have been […]

Arriving at Shared Truths Together

This can seem like an impossible thing, these days… even as it’s clear that we, especially here in the U.S.,  need it more than ever! Yet many of us know from experience that it is indeed possible, though it often takes real incentives to bring people to the table in the first place. And even […]