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 Veil of Opulence

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Political decisions are made based on the perspective of the maker, even if that perspective has nothing to do with what that person is capable of achieving in the present. In this post Benjamin Hale asks us to consider how that “veil of opulence” is causing Americans, particularly politicians, to do away with fairness. More […]

Voting as Practice

photo by Karen Muktayani Villanueva

I recently had the experience of volunteering at both the 2012 Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa, FL and at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte, NC. My role was to teach those in attendance, that were interested in learning, meditation and yoga. Never in a million years would I have ever thought that […]

october 2012

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WEST COAST fearlessMeditation I | Practice of the Body CXC | Center for Transformative Change | Berkeley, CA Friday | November 2, 2012 | 7:00-9:30pm Register   National Bioneers Conference Marin Center | San Rafael, CA Friday – Sunday | October 19-21, 2012 More Info & Register   The Pachamama Alliance | Annual Luncheon Fort […]

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 […]

five ways to lead with love

"always love" in the Gaza Strip, Palestine. copyright 2009. angel Kyodo williams

The vitriol and sheer negativity of some rabid conservative agendas feel like they drag us into contraction and smallness…Paradoxically, it’s only the expansive power of love that can lead us into a politic of inspiration. But how do we, especially in the face of great challenge and a fierce push to fight fire with fire, truly lead with love?

august 2012

image credit: wikipedia                                                 Dissent develops democracy

  Intellectuals & Their America Dissent, a quarterly magazine of politics and culture, invited several leading intellectuals to participate in a forum about the culture and politics of the US. Each participant was asked to respond to one or all of the following questions: 1. What relationship should American intellectuals have toward mass culture: television, […]

may 2012

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WEST COAST fearlessMeditation I | Practice of the Body CXC | Center for Transformative Change | Berkeley, CA Friday | May 11, 2012 | 7:00-9:30pm Register   EAST COAST Prisoners Write | Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory The Brecht Forum | New York, NY Friday | May 11, 2012 More Info   National Conference on […]

Political Gridlock

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Whodda thunk it? It seems your political beliefs may be related to your psychology. And if that’s the case, compromise is a hard won lot. Perhaps fueled by increasing gridlock in Washington, lately there have been a lot of studies published on why people form and keep the political beliefs that they do. While none […]

Shout from the Suburbs | Race & Politics in France

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The issues of racism are hardly particular to the US.  This video explores the struggles people of color face in France along with folks like “Ali Soumare, whose parents are from Mali, has been described as the new face of France’s Socialist party.” Watch Shout from the Suburbs      

Wisconsin Inspires

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I’ve interviewed protesters young and old, union members and grassroots organizers, students and teachers, children and retirees. I’ve huddled with labor leaders in their Madison “war rooms,” and sat through the governor’s press conferences. I’ve slept on the cold, stone floor of the Wisconsin state capitol (twice). Believe me, the spirit of Cairo is here. The air is charged with it.

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i have found the thinking, choices, behavior and resulting consequences of our people so incomprehensible at a heart level, that my mind has refused to put words to a phenomena that seems beyond them.