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The Powers No One Can Take Away From Us

The Powers No One Can Take Away From Us
May 5 / 2019

Over the course of the last several millennia, more and more power and wealth have been concentrating in the hands of fewer and fewer people. In a very literal sense, this currently deprives the vast majority of the world’s population of the capacity to truly shape our lives. Without enough …

Restoring the Flow of Gifting in Community

Restoring the Flow of Gifting in Community
March 30 / 2019

A little over a year ago I wrote a piece about how humans, historically, have broken off from the flow of energy and resources that the web of life both nurtures and relies on through the mechanisms of exchange and accumulation. I also included in that piece a range of …

Can We Un-Skew Resource Distribution?

Can We Un-Skew Resource Distribution?
March 6 / 2019

In August 2018, at the end of one of the Nonviolent Global Liberation (NGL) retreats, the retreat team sat in the center of the circle and began to engage in a fully transparent process for distributing the money that people who participated contributed. I have now participated in such processes …

Nonviolence: Commitment, Capacity and Community

Core Commitments Miki Kashtan
January 3 / 2019

In the mid 1990s I went on a backpacking trip with a friend that turned into a relational nightmare. Reverberating from the intense conflict, we set aside time to reweave intimacy and understanding. At a certain point, she expressed what seemed almost like anger directed at me for not protecting …

Interdependence in Action: How to Change Agreements with Care

Interdependence in Action: How to Change Agreements with Care
November 18 / 2018

In 2004, a few days into the first of four week-long retreats of a yearlong program I was co-leading, one participant, who I will call Barbara, informed the program leaders that she was intending to leave the program after the first retreat, because it wasn’t what she had signed up …