Cuba: the Tragic Beacon of Imperfect Possibility

Cuba: the Tragic Beacon of Imperfect Possibility
November 4 / 2019

In 1992, at what is often known as the Rio Earth Summit, I was stunned to read that Cuba emerged as a leader in sustainable development. In 2006, I watched the Salud! movie about Cuba’s freely-accessible, community-based approach to medicine and its contribution to the health of untold number of …

Can the Social Order Be Transformed through Personal Practice? The Case of Nonviolent Communication

Can the Social Order Be Transformed through Personal Practice? The Case of Nonviolent Communication
September 6 / 2019

Some years ago, I was asked to write a review of a book about which I loved everything except the title: Toward a Socially Responsible Psychology for a Global Era.[1] What I most appreciated in that book was that psychologists were taking to task their own profession, delving into …

A Window into Structural Power Differences

A Window into Structural Power Differences
July 31 / 2019

Oakland has a long and fractious history of difficult relationships between the school district and the community. A few months ago, at an Oakland school board meeting, my friend and colleague Lisa Rothman spoke passionately about Convergent Facilitation as an alternative method that the district could use to make decisions …

Reckoning with Collapse: Living into Community from Warsaw to Stroud

Reckoning with Collapse:  Living into Community from Warsaw to Stroud
June 23 / 2019

This post is the third and last in my May travelogue collection.

Following the NGL (Nonviolent Global Liberation) retreat in Poland, eight of us, in various configurations, went on the road via van and train, offering various events over the course of sixteen days. This trip was conceived last August, …

How Far Can We Go Together? Nonviolent Global Liberation Retreat, Poland

How Far Can We Go Together? Nonviolent Global Liberation Retreat, Poland
June 2 / 2019

This post is the second in my May travelogue collection.

Some years ago, when the number of retreats and intensive trainings that I had led or co-led was well over 100, I stopped counting. Each one is its own unique configuration of purpose, players, relationships, content, context, location, and even …

Living Wealth: Provision, Romania

Living Wealth: Provision, Romania
May 22 / 2019

This month, I am in Europe, in six different places. I am planning to write bits and pieces about the different parts of my tour. Here is the first installment:

Robyn is from the US and Lars is from the Netherlands. Some ten years ago, life inexorably called them to …

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 …