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Welcome | december 2012

As you get older, I hear, time flies by. Perhaps it’s just that time gets more and more precious as we get older. Either way, we should all put into action those fleeting feelings, thoughts, ideas, and dreams and not pass up the opportunities that come our way. This month, we offer our annual resources […]

Todd Paglia | Speaking for the Trees

Todd Paglia started his advocacy career with Ralph Nader in 1995 by taking on some of the largest companies in the US on issues of corporate welfare and consumer protection. He also led in the transformation of the purchasing practices of the federal government, the world’s largest consumer of paper.  After more than a decade with ForestEthics, Todd has […]

Forest Ethics | Forests for the Trees

Over the past few years ForestEthics has made huge environmental progress, including protecting the Great Bear Rainforest, Canada’s Boreal Forest, and shifting the practices of the paper industry. They are now in the process of stopping Canada’s Tar Sands by encouraging companies from all over the US to commit to not using fuel from Tar […]

Mike Edwards | Tools for Unraveling the Emperor’s New Clothes, Pt II

In Part II of our interview with Mike Edwards, he talks about the importance of civil society reclaiming its wisdom and the great potential that lies in movements like Occupy Wall Street.  XC: In your piece, “Know-How, Know-What,” you mention that knowledge is important as a force for social change. I was hoping you could say more about […]

Mike Edwards | Tools for Unraveling the Emperor’s New Clothes, Pt I

Michael Edwards is a writer and activist based in upstate New York who focuses on the links between personal and social transformation. He has spent 35 years in the non-profit sector in a variety of organizations including Oxfam, the Ford Foundation and Demos, where he is currently a fellow, and he also helped to launch the Seasons […]

YogaVOTES | Voting from the Mat

  At first glance it may seem like yoga and voting have absolutely nothing in common. After all, a body-based spiritual practice and political candidates don’t even show up on the same page in most books. The connection lies in what yoga practice offers folks–discerning choice. Seane Corn, who, with Arianna Huffington, launched The Oasis […]

Mirabai Bush | The Work of Compassionate Action

Mirabai Bush is Senior Fellow and the founding Director of the Center on Contemplative Mind in Society. She has led contemplative trainings for social justice activists, teaches compassion practices at the Smith College School of Social Work, helped to create Search Inside Yourself at Google, and directed the Contemplative Practice Fellowships to explore such practices […]

Welcome | august 2012

Dissent, the less popular sister-word of protesting, is not a term we hear often. We hear protesting a lot – maybe because it’s about action. But they’re both important. Dissent holds the voice of our movements; protesting brings the action of change to our communities. This month transform. looks at different facets of the protest […]

Domestic Work Is An Act of Love

When the National Labor Relations Act was passed to protect the rights of workers in the US, “to win votes for the 1938 law from Southern lawmakers, President Franklin D. Roosevelt was forced to exempt from its provisions workers who produce America’s food and care for people’s homes, children and elders.” At that time, of […]

Ai-Jen Poo | Domestic Workers & Finding Balance Through the Lens of Love

Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), has been organizing immigrant women workers since 1996. In 2000 she co-founded Domestic Workers United, the New York based organization that spearheaded the successful passage of the state’s historic Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in 2010. In 2007, DWU helped organize the first national domestic […]

On Spiritual Retreat

Like we do every summer, this past July XC hosted our Inner Justice Intensive retreat (IJI), one of our signature offerings for agents of change. It’s a retreat that’s meant to support activists in connecting to their inner selves so that the work they do comes from a place of true alignment, because how we […]

Welcome | july 2012

Every year around this time, the staff of XC goes on spiritual retreat. Our July issue reflects this by including reprints of some of our favorite stories from the past. This year is no different. In order to revitalize ourselves and gain perspective, we’re turning inward. And, as an offering for you to do the […]