Miki's Blog

The Challenge of Connecting Dots

The Challenge of Connecting Dots
September 16 / 2016

Alice Walton and Jim Walton, children of the Wal-Mart founder, at the 2011 Wal-Mart shareholders meeting. Each has assets of over $30 billion.

by Miki Kashtan

I am often haunted by moral questions or conceptual puzzles, sometimes for years on end. In the last couple of months, I made some …

Social Justice and Theater at a Time of Crisis

Social Justice and Theater at a Time of Crisis
July 14 / 2016

Augusto Boal at Riverside Church, NY City, in 2008

All of last week I was at a Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) training. I was drawn to the intensely evocative and provocative forms first created by Augusto Boal in the 1960s, designed to support marginalized groups in creating social change. …

Instead of Being Silent

Instead of Being Silent
June 15 / 2016

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.   – Martin Luther King, Jr.

There is something about people dying that I cannot fully make sense of. When it’s a group of people, and even more so when it’s …

Forward, Up, and Sideways: A Conversation about Nonviolence and the Great Turning

Forward, Up, and Sideways: A Conversation about Nonviolence and the Great Turning
June 2 / 2016

Guest post by Anna Barnett, communications and outreach manager for The Fearless Heart

Last week, Miki and I sat down for dinner with Chris Moore-Backman and Rebecca Sutton, both recently back from a 10-day gathering in Missouri with a group of about 40 people who are dedicating their lives to

Aim for Taste: Collaboration in the Restaurant Business

Aim for Taste: Collaboration in the Restaurant Business
May 7 / 2016

Gilboa Herb Farm – a collaboratively run restaurant

John and Jane (fictitious names), brother and sister, run a hotel in a small tourist town, featuring farm-to-table organic food and a commitment to environmental considerations entirely unfamiliar in their region. They’ve been aiming for some time to move away from top-down …