A Nation, Divided, with Liberty and Justice for the Few

A Nation, Divided, with Liberty and Justice for the Few
November 10 / 2016

I am one of the few people who predicted (not in writing) that Donald Trump would be the 45th president of the US since early in 2016, at a time when everyone else said it was just plain impossible, providing a long list of facts and figures that proved, for …

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 …

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 …