New Good Reads

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Here are some great new books relevant to thinking about change and making change in the years ahead. A couple of them you can download gratis, the others are available on Amazon. All of them lend some message of importance to the field of transformative social change and/or activism.    Even My Voice Is Silence […]

The Subtle Power of Networks

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The late David Bohm pointed out the lost potential of quantum physics as he saw it being assimilated by a traditional and very mechanical mindset that wanted to make it another instrument of control, prediction, and quantification. For him the power of the field was much more subtle, qualitative, and lay in the understanding that there is […]

Change Your Map, Change Your World?

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Contributed by Premadasi Amada In the words of Lauryn Hill, “How you gonna win when you ain’t right within?” Social change work can’t succeed when those doing the work are stuck in beliefs and patterns that hold them back. Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) is one way to break those patterns. Cynthia Silva Parker writes about […]

Simple Tools, Powerful Possibilities

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Recently, one of the staff at the Interaction Institute for Social Change (IISC) was surprised to discover the possibility of creating change with a few simple tools. A delegation she met with from Egypt, who talked about their desire to bring politics in their country back into the hands of the people, inspired her to […]

august 2012

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WEST COAST fearlessMeditation I | Practice of the Body CXC | Center for Transformative Change | Berkeley, CA Friday | September 14, 2012 | 7:00-9:30pm Register   Center for Third World Organizing | New Directions Dinner Asian Cultural Center | Oakland, CA Thursday | August 9, 2012 | 6:30pm More Info     EAST COAST […]

july 2012

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fearlessMeditation I | Practice of the Body CXC | Center for Transformative Change | Berkeley, CA Friday | August 3, 2012 | 7:00-9:30pm Register   Love in Action | Teacher’s Retreat The Metta Center | Berkeley, CA Saturday | July 28, 2012 | 10:00am-6:00pm More Info   Leadership in Action | Session One Strozzi Institute […]

Gibrán Rivera | Ancestors in Training

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Gibrán Rivera is a Senior Associate for the Interaction Institute for Social Change. His job is to help people work better together. He is committed to the development of leaders, organizations and networks and uses coaching, training, process design and facilitation in service of those who are committed to social transformation. His graduate studies were in diplomacy and […]

Love that Does Social Justice | IISC

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Interaction Institute for Social Change (IISC) is “a nonprofit organization that works for social justice and sustainability” by fostering great social impact through a variety of workshops and services. Their work helps folks develop relationship skills in organizations such as, “networks and coalitions, nonprofits (of all sizes), public sector agencies, schools and school systems, and […]

A Few Good Blogs

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Here are a few good blog posts from a few good organizations. These sites cover centered social justice work, reproductive justice, and the benefits of mindfulness. Interaction Institute for Social Change (IISC) “IISC stands with a global community of skillful visionaries, grounded in love as a force for transformation, achieving social justice for all and […]

Meditation & Climate Change

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Original article by Gibran Rivera, posted in IISC  (Interaction Institute for Social Change) blog, February 1, 2011. If you want climate change to stop, meditate. In this article by Gibran Rivera, changing the world around us starts with changing us. Changing us means making a shift in consciousness. Here’s how. Yesterday I was privileged to participate […]

Love & Sustainabililty

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Original article by Curtis Ogden, posted on the IISC blog, August 25, 2011. Read this short piece to see how diversity and love is the key to sustainability in our work. Perhaps feeling wistful in these late summer weeks as we lean towards fall, I seem to have a penchant for all things poetic. Who […]

The Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted

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Last year Malcolm Gladwell expressed his own ideas about how our social networks fit with the idea of making lasting change. In his article he asks: Are people who log on to their Facebook page really the best hope for us all?