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The Age of We Need Each Other

The Age of We Need Each Other

Essay
Fifteen years ago when I began writing books, I had high hopes that someday I would be “discovered” and that “my message” would thereby reach millions of people and change the world for the better. But I began to ask myself, “Why are you doing this work? Is it because you hope to become a celebrated intellectual? Or do you really care about serving the healing of the world?” The experience of failure revealed my secret hopes and motivations ... More →

Institutes for Technologies of Reunion

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Imagine a worldwide archipelago of land-based institutions of learning, sanctuaries of alternative technologies of earth, mind, matter, and body that are marginal or absent within conventional universities ... More →

Brushes with the Mainstream

Essay
We have to let go of war thinking with its accompanying dehumanization, and enter the question that defines compassion: What is it like to be you? ... More →

Standing Rock: A Change of Heart

Essay
Each time you refuse the invitation onto the warpath, you become more powerful. Those who can stay peaceful in the face of any terror or threat become virtual miracle-workers ... More →

The Election: Of Hate, Grief, and a New Story

Essay
“Brother, your soul is too beautiful to be doing this work.” If we can stare hate in the face and never waver from that knowledge, we will access inexhaustible tools of creative engagement, and hold a compelling invitation to the haters to fulfill their beauty ... More →
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This Is How War Begins

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Dehumanizing narratives are never the truth. The truth can only be sourced from the sincere question, “What is it like to be you?” That is called compassion, and it invites skills of listening, dialog, and communicating without violence or judgement ... More →
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The Fertile Ground of Bewilderment (E15)

Podcast
Bewilderment. A very bad thing if it is a diversion from what you know to do. But when the honest truth is that you don't know, then to admit that and to succumb to the unknowing is a necessary stage of the process of letting in a new understanding ... More →

The Fertile Ground of Bewilderment

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The Brexit vote marks a rare moment of discontinuity, when the usual normalizing narratives falter and a society experiences a fertile and frightening moment of bewilderment ... More →

Harder to Hide

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Our industrial system of punishment and mass incarceration is fundamentally incompatible with the dignity of each human being. Our consciousness is evolving to the point where that is no longer tolerable ... More →
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Activism in the New Story

Essay
“The spirits of the land could now support us” One of the most triggering sentences of The More Beautiful World... was, “Let us be wary of any revolution that isn’t threaded with an element of play, celebration, mystery, and humor. If it is primarily a grim struggle, then it may be no revolution at all.” People find this naïve. Play and celebration seem a bit frivolous in the face of a relentless world-destroying machine that recognizes no logic but the logic of force. We need to get serious and, not waste our time in escapist play. And celebration – shouldn’t that wait until we have something to celebrate? I think it is quite the opposite. If we turn the revolution ... More →

Seven Minutes on Scottish Independence

Video
Here is a clip from a talk in Glasgow, seven minutes about Scottish independence. The main theme is, "Look how successful the fearmongering and divisiveness were. That shows there is work to be done -- because what kind of country do you want to have (whether independent or not)?"I was aware when I spoke to that audience that most of them had voted Yes (aye!) to independence, but that there were likely some "no's" in the audience as well. My own inclination was toward Yes, since I'm generally partial to anything that shakes up the established order and brings governance to a more local level. A political unit of a few million people is much more accessible than one of ... More →
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More Talk?

Short Reflection
Let me take up again my friend's comment about the upcoming New Story Summit at Findhorn. Here it is, in case you missed it last time: I have begun to feel some sense that by talking so much about "a New Story" it is taking some of the energy out of just doing it, or even better, being it. Embodying it. Is this gathering at Findhorn just going to be a lot of talk, just another conference where we can parade our insights in front of each other and compete for who gets the recognition? Is this summit an old story trying to be a new story or am I just being cynical? I'm sure she is not the only ... More →

A Truncated Interview on Racism

Short Reflection
At a conference (Economics, People, and Planet) in Denmark, a tall Nordic-looking man and a mixed-race woman wearing press badges asked me for an interview. They put me on camera and the woman said, “I'll ask you the same question I'm asking all the keynote speakers. What does the conference topic have to do with the most important issue facing the world today?” I paused for a moment, wondering what the most important issue facing the world today might be. Before I could answer, she said with a little exasperation, “Racism!” I said something like this: Racism is a key enabling factor in the economic system that is ravaging our planet. You see, inequality is built into the system, and ... More →
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The End of War

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Are you and I ready for the end of war? ... More →
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