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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 …

From Personal to Global Trauma: The Through-Line

From Personal to Global Trauma: The Through-Line
October 11 / 2018

A guest blog by Sarah Peyton

When Kim was a tiny person, maybe three years old, just when our human sense of actually existing-as-a-separate-being-with-a-self starts to emerge, Kim lived in a family where people were frightened, and angry, and sometimes kind, and sometimes scornful. When Kim would start to dance, …

Increasing Prospects for Collaboration Even before Starting

Increasing Prospects for Collaboration Even before Starting
September 15 / 2018

I’ve been in the collaboration “business” for about 20 years now, working on all levels, from the most internal inner conflicts, to the most ambitious efforts to create at least a model of what local to global collaboration could look like. Up until the last few years, the bulk of …

Matching Resources to Needs: Learning to Receive through Participating in “Money Piles”

Matching Resources to Needs: Learning to Receive through Participating in “Money Piles”
July 13 / 2018

Embracing the consciousness of togetherness, of caring for the whole, of interdependence, is immensely challenging in cultures that are not based on these values, regardless of where we are positioned on the power map of the world. Most especially, I find that those of us living in modern settings are …