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 …

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 …

Stepping off the Line into Freedom and Interdependence, Part 2: How

Stepping off the Line into Freedom and Interdependence, Part 2: How
May 15 / 2018

In my last blog post, I introduced the idea of stepping off the line we all live on, where most of us are constantly trying to get ahead, and described the value I see in aiming to step off the line and what we can gain by doing it: reclaiming …