One cannot merely follow the timetable we have set for our influence on the world, we must also honour and respect the infinitely more complex timetable the world has set for itself. That timetable is the sum of the thousands of independent timetables of an infinite number of natural, historical, and human actions. ~ Vaclav […]
David Cooperrider describes how the Appreciative Inquiry Summit—multi-stakeholder planning with a thousand people in the room—brings out the best in human systems: "What we appreciate appreciates—we become what we study—so let's study the concept of full spectrum flourishing."
“We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” ~ Aristotle Nearly twelve years ago I was honored to bring the large group Appreciative Inquiry Summit method to […]
We share our model as an inspiration and affirmation that work is being done that builds safe community. We know now that a community will benefit from a group that has the intention to listen, learn what is needed, and work as solutionaries in support of one another. We also know that building relationships and […]
It’s delicate confronting these priests of the golden bull They preach from the pulpit of the bottom line Their minds rustle with million dollar bills You say Silver burns a hole in your pocket And Gold burns a hole in your soul Well, uranium burns a hole in forever It just gets out of control. […]
Artist Statement How do people put together the shattered pieces of a dream when all is broken? How do they plan in a new land under new and unwritten rules with trauma behind them and uncertainty in front of them? In Fall 2014, I taught a series of workshops to Syrian refugee youth in Jordan […]
Let’s Unite Our Efforts and Build a Truly Progressive Spiritual Movement Thousands of activist groups work to save the environment, address the needs of the homeless and hungry, ensure we have a safe and adequate supply of food and water, and fight racism and economic injustice. Many are making valiant efforts. Yet we continue to […]
The world is changed. I feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air. Much that once was is lost; for none now live who remember it. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings ~Lady Galadriel Breaking Free of The Hero Myth We humans […]
Winslow Strong couldn’t resist the pull. He felt driven to use his knowledge of technology to help people improve their mental and emotional well-being. Laser-focused on that goal, he abandoned his life as an academic finance expert in Zurich and headed to Silicon Valley in search of a like-minded community. It didn’t take him long […]
Mike tells his story. “You have lost it all because your society has gone wrong [Syria]. And so there is nothing left to do but leave, to go somewhere else. That’s when you discover that wherever you go, people are afraid of you.”
A Glimpse into the More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible: The Art of Hosting Conversations that Matter
The quality of our conversations makes our world what it is. How we talk to each other determines whether we walk away from each other and prepare to fight for our separate interests, or hold fire, stay together, and open up into a future of mutual understanding and brighter possibility. Conversation is an art that […]
Four years have passed since the first article on Collective Presencing was published in Kosmos Journal, with three more following in the next issues. At that time, the framework was ready, the outline was clear, it was coherent enough to offer into the world. Since then, the big lines haven’t changed, but my understanding of […]
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