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 …

An Instruction Manual for and about Dissenters

An Instruction Manual for and about Dissenters
April 14 / 2016

A few weeks ago I posted an entry about how dissent strengthens collaboration. In that article I spoke some about how to respond to outliers – the people who express a divergent opinion, persist in not trusting, or in some other way stand apart from a group. While some may …

What Will We Do if Trump Is the Next President?

What Will We Do if Trump Is the Next President?
April 9 / 2016

Dorothy Thompson in 1920

In late 1931, Dorothy Thompson, then one of the US’s most respected foreign correspondents, interviewed Adolf Hitler. She spoke of “the startling insignificance of this man.” Although she could foresee the possibility that he would create a coalition government with centrist politicians, she nonetheless said: “it …

Strengthening Collaboration through Encouraging Dissent

Strengthening Collaboration through Encouraging Dissent
March 18 / 2016

Crossposted at The Center for Efficient Collaboration.

Tom Atlee

The first time I heard that groups thrive on dissent, I didn’t like the idea. It came up in conversations with Tom Atlee of the Co-Intelligence Institute, back in the mid-1990s. Tom was clear, based on his experience in activist movements …

The Freedom to Disobey

March 5 / 2016

Dave Belden (BayNVC’s editor) writing:

Miki has just posted a fascinating article that she has been working on for some years on academia.edu. It’s called The Freedom to Disobey. Academics and others post new pieces there (like this one of Miki’s) or ones that have been published elsewhere so they …

The Impossible Will Take a Little While – Experiments in Gift Economy (Part II)

The Impossible Will Take a Little While – Experiments in Gift Economy (Part II)
February 25 / 2016

In my last post I spoke about the immense challenges inherent in experimenting with a gift economy within the current economic structure. In this post, I look at how experimenting with the full gift economy can only take place from a position of privilege, and what, ultimately, we can do …

The Impossible Will Take a Little While – Experiments in Gift Economy (Part I)

The Impossible Will Take a Little While – Experiments in Gift Economy (Part I)
February 20 / 2016

This post started in response to a colleague who, like me, is aching to bring about a gift economy in the world and is willing to take heat and failure along the way without ever giving up on continuing to experiment. Although she is ecstatic to make it possible for …

Crisscrossing Layers of Privilege

Crisscrossing Layers of Privilege
January 15 / 2016

Last Saturday, while leading the first day of the Leveraging Your Influence yearlong program, I responded unskillfully to a participant I will call James. What happened points directly to the way that the experience of privilege or lack thereof shapes our lives. How we handled it, and what I have …