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Life Stories

This pictures expresses some of my thoughts about the process through which social change leaders reinterpret their life stories and the impact this has on their leadership.

Fluid Responsiveness

This chart represents the various ways we act and interact in the world. Toward the left, we are constricted and controlling. Toward the right, we are open and free.

20 Questions: Advocacy

What social condition(s) are we trying to shift? What change will positively influence this social condition? What is the specific ask? Are there any acceptable alternatives to this ideal solution? What will be the result of making such a change for the community overall and in the lives of individual people? What are the financial, … Continue reading

The Terror of Learning

Learning can be scary because it inherently implies detachment from currently held beliefs and understandings. It can be a threat to our individual or group identity. Alternatively, I see learning as an opportunity to grow. While we may choose to shift our position as a result of something we have learned, learning can also result … Continue reading

Optimism and Realism: Allies or Antagonists?

If you read this blog, you might have noticed that I am an optimist. Someone very kindly called me a ‘beacon of hope’ recently. While many people have expressed appreciation for the work that I am doing through The Fruition Coalition, others have expressed concern that it is detached from reality. Can optimism and realism … Continue reading

The Change

Excerpt from Creating a Peaceful Life: Affirmations for Hope, Love, and Harmony (ISBN 978-1-300-67605-8, 343 pages, $1.99)

The Humor of Political Difference

I am really happy about the number of women who were elected to Congress this fall. I posted a status update to this effect a few weeks ago. One of my friends, someone that I knew very well when I was a child, wrote a snide remark in response to my post. Normally, I might … Continue reading

My NIMBY Campaign

Some people are prejudiced and judgmental. Not in my backyard. Some people are indifferent toward people who are poor or homeless. Not in my backyard. Some people prefer to protect themselves rather than to serve humanity. Not in my backyard. Some people project their fears onto the world around them. Not in my backyard. Some … Continue reading